Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin is focussing on a strong work ethic as they face their toughest challenge.
Spirits hit a solemn note in the Lichties’ dressing room after the disappointing 2-1 loss to Ayr United.
Mr Sheerin said: “There was real flat on Saturday after the defeat and hearing the East Fife result kind of kicked us in the teeth.
“We’re in a horrible position that none of us enjoy. There’s no getting away from it.
“We have to keep going and keep working hard and hopefully by the end of the season we’ll have turned around and we can avoid, certainly, the automatic relegation.
“The last match had too many players having an off day all at the same time.”
The challenge is set with the Lichties up against champions Rangers and their unbeaten record.
“There would be no better time to get something out of the game against them.
“We know it is going to be difficult to be the first team to do that but obviously it would be amazing if we could achieve it and win and be the one beaten record that they’ve got.
The boss is looking to his defence to set the tone for the match.
“Bobby Linn’s been excellent this season and Alan Cook can be a real threat.
“We really need to look as a group at being more solid defensively and if we can do that and keep the goals against down then we’re always capable of scoring.
“Unfortunately there’s nothing else for it and they just have to give all they can and they’re willing to do that, so hopefully come Saturday they can give us a work ethic and achieve something in the game.”
The manager believes that the Lichties can turn their fate around and produce a solid display at Gayfield tomorrow.
Tickets are selling steadily for Arbroath’s titanic clash against Rangers tomorrow (Saturday).
Any tickets which remain unsold will be available for purchase from the club office at Gayfield between 10 and 11.30 a.m. tomorrow.
The club is offering a special discount for services personnel for their forthcoming match v Stranraer at Gayfield.
For the clash on April 12, those in the Police, Fire, Ambulance, Lifeboat or Armed Forces can enjoy hospitality for only £50 plus VAT.
The day includes a three-course meal with wine, bar before the game, half-time refreshments and a bar until 5.30 p.m. after the match has finished.
Of course, everyone is welcome at hospitality and it is sure to be a great day out.
Anyone interested should contact Julie Harper on 07864 195158.