Shiels up for the cup

Dean Shiels wants an extended run in the League Cup as Rangers seek to make amends for the Ramsdens Cup.

Last Updated: 24/09/12 at 16:49 Post Comment

Dean Shiels: Looking for cup run

Dean Shiels: Looking for cup run

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Dean Shiels has targeted an extended run in the Scottish Communities League Cup as Rangers seek to make amends for their Ramsdens Cup exit.

The Light Blues' hopes of a domestic clean sweep this season were shattered when they were dumped out on penalties by Queen of the South at Ibrox last week.

They now face their biggest test of the campaign so far when Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Motherwell come calling on Wednesday.

The third-round tie marks Rangers' first meeting with top-flight opposition since the newco were denied entry to the SPL and voted into the Scottish Football League in the summer.

Shiels wants to see Rangers forget about their Ramsdens disappointment and focus on success in other cup competitions.

The midfielder said: "We want to keep winning games and this is a cup we want to do well in. To do that, we will need to progress on Wednesday. It's going to be very tough.

"They are a very good side. They finished strongly last year and they've had a great start to the season this year so we expect it to be very tough."

Rangers head into the tie bolstered by a 4-1 win over Montrose in the Irn-Bru Third Division on Sunday.

They were given a tough time by the Gable Endies early on and the opener from Shiels was cancelled out by an own goal by Anestis Argyriou.

But first senior goals from Lewis Macleod and Robbie Crawford, as well as a 10th strike of the season from Lee McCulloch, allowed Gers to move to within a point of leaders Queen's Park.

Shiels said: "It was a lot better in the second half. We moved the ball a lot quicker and we pressed them a lot higher and we got the benefits of that.

"I think we switched off a bit at their set piece and we've been working a lot on that so we were very disappointed about that. We will probably look at it again and see where we can do better.

"We scored the first goal in this game and we have been conceding the first goal a lot in games so we were quite happy we started off by getting an early goal.

"Conceding again was disappointing but we came back and won comfortably in the end."

As well as the defeat to Queen of the South, Rangers have also yet to secure their first win away from home in the Third Division but Shiels stressed the new-look team needs more time to gel together.

He said: "We are basically a lot of individuals who have been brought together and it's going to take time for us to understand each other's games and strengths and to bring everything together.

"It takes time to build team spirit and a collective. Each game and each training session that goes past, we will look to build on that."

The Motherwell board released a statement calling for the focus to be on the football on Wednesday rather than the summer of negotiations and votes.

It read: "This week we are excited to be playing a Scottish Communities League Cup fixture against Rangers as both clubs build for the future.

"All of our focus should be on the field of play and we look forward to what promises to being a great game.

"We are pleased to note both the CEO and board of Rangers recently said they would welcome our staff and fans and we will extend the same courtesy to all clubs ourselves as we seek to create a welcoming family club.

"The past is done; we now can only influence the future. We are now totally focused on what happens on the field this week.

"More generally we want to put all our energies into building on the hard work we have done over the last few years to make our club a sustainable success."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t all started going downhill when they started putting a photo of the writer along side their story. Journalists started to think that 'they' are the story, rather than what they write. Smug, self obsessed & up their own arse's. That sums up the majority of newspaper sports reporters.

cozens
Do We Need So Much Football Media?

T

he reason so much sh*t is written about football is because there are so many people who want to read sh*t about football. Now shut up, take my money, and tell me Ronaldo is going to sign for Van Haal and that Mick McCarthy is signing Peter Crouch on loan.

hump3.
Do We Need So Much Football Media?

W

enger's delaying tactics in the transfer market creates goose pimples whenever a player is linked to Arsenal. The approach in buying players need to be changed@@#

mokaya
New striker 'on Wenger's list'

Footer 365

Chelsea's Jose Mourinho goads Arsene Wenger

Jose Mourinho has started mind games ahead of the new season by heaping praise on Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal.

Louis Van Gaal vows to walk away in 2017

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is determined to win the Premier League in the next two seasons but will retire in 2017 regardless.

Sergio Romero signs for Manchester United on three-year deal

Manchester United have signed Argentina international goalkeeper Sergio Romero on a three-year contract.

Mail Box

Only Arsenal Fans Care About Friendlies

We are not entirely surprised after Arsenal fans leapt to the defence of friendlies. We also have mails on Louis van Gaal, Liverpool and more mundane tales...

Friendlies: Still Completely Meaningless

There is sharp message for anyone thinking about getting excited about friendlies, plus worries about Wayne Rooney. Every one of you has met a bloody footballer...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company