Whilst yet more headlines have proclaimed financial trouble at Ibrox once again – and the club launch a £4m rights issue (first announced in April) – on the field of play Ally McCoist’s Rangers on Saturday afternoon welcome Queen of the South to Glasgow.
This Championship fixture will be a formidable task for the Light Blues – the Dumfries side actually stand one point ahead of Rangers in second place in the division yet were eliminated from the League Cup in midweek at the hands of Livingston.
Ally was not prepared to discuss anything other than football matters – but he was fully aware that the ‘Doonhammers’ will present a formidable challenge.
“It’ll be a tough ninety minutes against Queens - they’ve got a really good side this season as their early League form indicates.
“We went down there last season in the Challenge Cup and had a good result, but we’re expecting a tough game this weekend and we’re looking forward to it.
“I’ve seen them a couple of times, including at Dumbarton where they played exceptionally well and scored some really good goals. They have real pace and energy up front and are also very solid at the back.”
The Ibrox men may not have as strong a squad as their Manager would like – and time is running out to do anything about it - but one bonus has been the return of young midfielder Lewis MacLeod as McCoist enthused over.
“He’s doing well - he hit the post against Queen’s Park, had a goal disallowed for offside and he’s already scored four times for us this season. It’s something that we’ve asked Lewis to do, to contribute with more goals - and it’s certainly paying dividends at the moment.”
Another boost for McCoist has been the form of Honduran Internationalist Arnold Peralta who was impressive at Airdrie on Tuesday evening – following on from where he left off when coming on as a late substitute at Ibrox last weekend.
“Arnold gave us another option in midfield the other night and he did well against Queen’s Park. He puts in some great crosses and he gives us a lot of energy on the right-hand side,”
The Palmerston Park outfit will be hoping to repeat their Challenge Cup triumph atIbrox two years ago when a certain Nicky Clark opened the scoring. Clark of course mis now wearing a different shade of blue – that of Rangers – and will be desperate to find the net against his old club.
However the home side will also have to contend with a former team-mate – namely former Ibrox youngster Iain Russell who will be equally determined to make his mark. With four goals even this early in the campaign, Russell had been in impressive
Rangers are unlikely to make many changes from Tuesday –but there may just be a possibility that Lee Robinson will replace Steve Simonsen in goal. Jon Daly, Kenny Miller and Fraser Aird are unlikely to return from injury just yet.