Stirling Albion manager Darren Young has asked for maximum effort from his players ahead of their Scottish Cup clash against Rangers [Daily Record].
The Gers are hosting the Binos on Friday night in a Fourth Round match and Gio van Bronckhorst’s side go into the tie as overwhelming favourites.
Rangers are champions of Scotland and currently top of the Premiership, while Albion are sixth in the fourth tier and have only won only one of their last 12 league matches.
However, former Aberdeen skipper Young, who is in his third managerial role following spells at Albion Rovers and East Fife, is still hopeful that his side will be able to pull off a major shock.
Stirling Albion manager eyeing Rangers upset
“Anything can happen,” he said [Daily Record]. “It’s 11 versus 11. You could have a sending off or something so we’ve just got to believe.”
“All I’m asking of the players is to go and knock their pan in, leave everything on the park. I’m going there with the mentality that we can cause an upset and if we catch them on an off-day, who knows what can happen?
“We know how hard it is going to be. It’s going to be backs to the wall. But we’ve got players who have got a bit of pace, a bit of skill, who can run at players and get at teams.
“Hopefully we can get the breaks at the right time, do our best to keep a clean sheet as long as possible and, when we get our chances, we need to take them and capitalise on it.”
Chance for Rangers to get back to winning ways
The opposition manager is always going to back his players to make things difficult, but this is a nice game for Rangers to have straight after a disappointing draw at Aberdeen.
It’s a chance for Gio van Bronckhorst to give minutes to fringe and youth players, as well as those working their way up to full fitness following injuries, and to get back to winning ways.
If the Gers can get a goal or two early on, the game will turn into a glorified training session.
That may not be a great spectacle but it would likely be ideal for the manager and his players, ahead of an intense run of Premiership fixtures.