The Championship campaign could scarcely have got off to a worse start for Ally McCoist and Rangers with a 1-2 home reversal at the hands of Hearts last weekend, but on Friday the Ibrox men have the opportunity to secure their first three points of the new season with a visit to Falkirk on the agenda.
Criticism has been severe since last Sunday – with both management and players in the eye of the storm.
Ally remained positive as he looked ahead to Friday’s visit to Westfield.
“We’ve already been there in the Scottish Cup last season and we got a difficult game. It’s going to be extremely tricky - but we’ve got good players in the team who can get us out of the division.
“After the Hearts game I’m very confident the players can react the way we want them to. It was a sore one at the weekend and we’ve watched the game back a couple of times. We’ve played well in patches in our first two games but I’d like us to be more consistent throughout the ninety minutes.
“We could have scored more goals and certainly in the game against Hearts, we created good chances to score.”
Rumours have circulated regarding a possible big-money bid for full-back Lee Wallace from England – but whilst McCoist would welcome the opportunity to bring in new faces he would certainly not want Wallace to depart, whilst conceding that every player at every club has his price.
“I’ve not been told players have to leave before others can come in but I do think the natural economics of it means that’s a possibility.”
Falkirk themselves opened their League campaign with a 2-2 draw at Cowdenbeath.
Bilel Mohsni is available again following suspension – but both Richard Foster and Ian Black are injury doubts with Jon Daly still absent and Arnold Peralta unlikely to feature.
David Templeton came in for some rough treatment at the hands of Hearts – and it could well be that the winger will be named as a substitute, given the impact he made when coming on against Hibernian ten days ago.
With Black almost certainly absent, the opportunity will surely arise for youngster Lewis MacLeod to move into central midfield, a position many regard as his strongest. Dean Shiels, Sebastien Faure, Fraser Aird, Nicky Clark and Calum Gallagher may also feature.
Victory for Rangers tonight is not just desirable – it is essential if the Championship favourites are not to be cast adrift in the race for the automatic promotion place.