Ian Rankin-led Scots footballers thrashed by England

Ian Rankin and opposing captain pre-match
Ian Rankin and opposing captain pre-match
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SCOTLAND’S crime writers suffered their first defeat to the Auld Enemy in their third annual football match – after being “murdered” in Stirling.

The Scots, skippered by Rebus writer Ian Rankin, went down 7-1 against the English in the five-a-side clash.

The match was played as part of the Bloody Scotland international crime writing festival in Stirling, which closes on Sunday night.

The Scots had won the inaugural match 13-1 but were held to a 5-5 draw last year and suffered their first defeat yesterday.

There was no need for “sudden death”.

Scots goalie Craig Robertson picked the ball out of his own net five times in the first half as the English took a commanding lead.

Best-seller Doug Johnstone kept up his scoring run against the English with the Scots’ consolation – his tenth in the fixture.

one Scots fan who witnessed the massacre said: “It was murder.”