Northern Ireland star Andrew Little wants Rangers to show pride

MOVING ON: Rangers striker Andrew Little
MOVING ON: Rangers striker Andrew Little

Andrew Little is expected to start in a striking role for Rangers on Saturday afternoon when Queen’s Park visit Ibrox – with compatriot Dean Shiels partnering him in an all-Northern Ireland pairing.

The absence through injury of Lee McCulloch, Fran Sandaza and Kevin Kyle and Kal Naismith through suspension means that Little – whose last goal for the Light Blues came with a hat-trick in a 4-2 win over Berwick Rangers four weeks ago – will be keen to add to his 16 goals for the season thus far.

The striker did not mix his words when looking back to last weekend’s Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Dundee United.

“Last week was embarrassing and simply not good enough. We want to go out against Queen’s Park and make amends to the fans.

“After a result like last week, we’re looking forward to making things right. From the very start of the season our goal has been to win this league and we’re on track for that.”

Rangers’ injury crisis does not end with the forward line however – the absence of Lewis Macleod from midfield is a serious loss whilst both Ross Perry and Darren Cole are likewise out, meaning that Chris Hegarty will almost certainly line up in his natural position of central defence.

The Northern Ireland International Under-21 Captain adopted a positive attitude as he reflected on the Tannadice debacle.

“It is always important to learn from your mistakes. Losing 3-0 was hard but we need to use that experience to good effect. We need to go out against Queen’s Park and show the winning mentality we’ve been showing all season.

“As a Rangers player, you need to have the right attitude and you can’t dwell on defeats. What happened at Tannadice was character-building.”