Rangers v Dumbarton preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:58

Rangers v Dumbarton preview

The 20-year-old has been sold to Brentford for a fee in the region of £1m, leaving caretaker boss Kenny McDowall with a selection headache as he takes charge of the side for the first time at Ibrox.
Defender Marius Zaliukas is lacking match fitness but has rejoined the first-team squad, while goalkeeper Cammy Bell is still working his way back to fitness from his shoulder problem.
McDowall had an inconspicuous debut as Rangers manager after they lost 4-0 away to Hibernian on December 27 and he is looking for a positive reaction from his side against Dumbarton.
“First of all we have got to get back working hard,” he said.
“We appreciate it was a poor performance against Hibs. The lads were disappointed with themselves.
“We sat through the video and looked at the game. Everyone took their share of the blame. We have to do better. It’s as simple as that but we just don’t become a bad team overnight.
“We just need to get back to winning ways come Saturday.
“It’s always great to play at Ibrox, so that will be a good thing. But it will be a tough game against Dumbarton. We will have to be patient and make sure we get a result.”
Defeat to Hibs combined with another win for Hearts leaves Gers 15 points behind Robbie Neilson’s side at the top of the Scottish Championship table.
McDowall remains convinced they can still achieve promotion though, starting with a positive performance on Saturday.
“Absolutely, that’s the way you have to be here,” he said when asked about the possibility of going up this season.
“We are expected to win games, to win leagues, to win cups – nothing changes in that aspect.
“The players know that and know what they have to do, so we carry on regardless.
“I’m not looking above us to Hearts or over my shoulder to Hibs. All I’m looking at is Dumbarton on Saturday. It’s one game at a time, I’ve said that all along.”

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