Kenny McDowall hoping Rangers can get back on track against Raith Rovers

Rangers caretaker boss Kenny McDowall
Rangers caretaker boss Kenny McDowall

Rangers look to get back to winning ways at Stark’s Park in Kirkcaldy on Friday night when they come face-to-face with Scottish Cup conquerors Raith Rovers.

Steve Simonsen and Lee McCulloch return from suspension for this Championship clash butonly Haris Vuckic is available of the five Newcastle United loanees – the four others remaining injury absentees. Likewise Richard Foster, Bilel Mohsni. David Templeton and Kenny Miller have joined Cammy Bell in the treatment room.

Rangers have not lost four consecutive games since Season 1985-86 – and having suffered reversals in their last three fixtures the Light Blues will be determined to get their league campaign back on track with a victory.

A win on Friday will – at least temporarily – see them move back above Hibernian into second spot behind Hearts.

Rangers were desperately unlucky against Hibernian last weekend – only for a lack of clinical finishing and the rub of the green to prove fatal.

Kenny McDowall recognised the shortcomings of his side.

“We just need to find the right combination in attack – for whatever reason at the moment we just can’t get ourselves firing in front of goal,” he said.

“The goals will come if we keep creating chances. One of the pleasing factors against Hibernian was the tempo that we maintained throughout the match.

“There’s perhaps a lack of confidence and the longer that it goes, the harder it gets.

“The players know what they have to do here and that’s to win football matches.

“We’ve obviously got a bigger fan base than most people and when the team does well the supporters get right behind us.”