Lichties happy with underdog tag

Boss Paul Sheerin in action the last time Arbroath played Rangers in the Scottish Cup at Gayfield in January 2012.
Boss Paul Sheerin in action the last time Arbroath played Rangers in the Scottish Cup at Gayfield in January 2012.

Paul Sheerin says his team are preparing to win despite travelling to Ibrox tomorrow (Saturday) to face runaway league leaders Rangers.

It will be the Lichties’ first visit to the home of the Glasgow club since 1989 with the home side big favourites to take all three league points.

The boss has played at the Gers home ground on several occasions with former clubs Aberdeen and St Johnstone.

And even though he says the team will enjoy the experience of playing in front of a huge crowd, they want to pull off something special.

He told HeraldSport: “It is a big one for us and it is the type of game you relish and one of the first fixtures you look out for.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to play there with St Johnstone and Aberdeen and it is a good place to go with the fans quite tight on you.

“It is probably not one people will expect us to take much from, but we will be preparing to win a game of football and we will do everything we can to achieve that.”

The players had a chance to relax last weekend due to a break in the league for the international games.

And the boss is hopeful this will have been of benefit to his side, as several were struggling with injury.

He added: “It gave Cookie [Alan Cook] time to get ready for the game, but unfortunately Alex Keddie is still struggling with his back.

“Hopefully we can get a better look at him and get to the bottom of the problem but I can’t see him making it at this point.

“But apart from that we are looking good.

“Having Saturday off gave the players a chance to recharge their batteries and I believe they had a bit of a gathering on Friday night so it is good for them to mix like that.”

Ally McCoist will also have a big squad to chose from as they are now eligible to field all their newly signed players after the lifting of a transfer embargo.

And Mr Sheerin knows just how dangerous that could make tomorrow’s opponents.

He said: “They are pretty free flowing and will probably be stronger than they have been with them now being up to full strength.

“We know it will be hard as last season probably stood them in good stead as now they know what these leagues are all about.

“They have definitely benefitted from that as you can see how many goals they are scoring.”

•It will be an Old Firm double for Arbroath this weekend as the under-19s take on Celtic under-19s in the youth league on Sunday.

The match, at Gayfield kicks-off at 12 noon and admission is free.