Rangers assistant manager Gary McAllister has been stressing just how seriously the Ibrox club will take the League Cup after three years of failure in the competition.
The current Ibrox backroom staff have reached the Final of the competition once in the last three years – their only Cup Final in six attempts between this competition and the Scottish Cup – and a failure to deliver in the cups remains a black mark on the management team’s copybook.
🎙️ Gary McAllister spoke to the media ahead of Wednesday's Premier Sports Cup match against Livingston.
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Now in its latest incarnation at the Premier Sports Cup, the Gers can win a Semi Final date at Hampden if they can overcome Livingston at Ibrox.
It was at a similar stage of the competition the Gers faltered last season against St Mirren and the club are eager to soothe the sores of a competition that has evaded this Rangers team to date.
“I’ve really got to emphasise the point that this is a really big game for us against Livi, with the incentive of getting to Hampden and obviously getting back there for a cup final,” said McAllister [Rangers].
“It’s an early end to a cup competition with a December Final so it’s such a big game for us and we’ve been really diligent in our preparations for this one.
“Over the years people have this observation that the League Cup might be the least of your priorities but it’s not the case.
“We want to continue the way this club has down the years by winning things
“It would be nice (to lift the trophy) but first and foremost we’ve got to win this game with Livi and get to Hampden for the semi.”
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has previously spoken about the mistakes his management team have made in the cups in recent seasons and promised to learn from them.
This game represents a huge chance to do this with the Gers still outpacing their biggest rivals despite failing to get out of second gear.