We can topple the Teddy Bears

Manager Paul Sheerin in action against Stenhousemuir on Saturday. Pic courtesy of Graham Black.
Manager Paul Sheerin in action against Stenhousemuir on Saturday. Pic courtesy of Graham Black.

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin believes his side’s underdog status could be an advantage heading into Monday’s clash with Rangers.

The table toppers are yet to drop any points this season, but visit Gayfield at a time where the Lichties have failed to record a win in five weeks.

Earlier in the season, the Maroons went down 5-1 away to Ally McCoist’s side.

And with the Ibrox men expected to extend their 100 per cent record, Mr Sheerin believes that will help his players.

He explained to HeraldSport: “We are on a bad run of results and together we want to sort that out.

“But with the game on Monday there is no real pressure on us so as a group we should enjoy the occasion.

“We can relax a bit more but we are ready to prove a point.

“They have been pretty formidable all season and they will be desperate to keep their record.

“But it would be great if we could be the first team to take points from them.”

The fixture has been switched to Monday night as the game has been chosen to be broadcast live on BT Sport.

But the boss is confident the re-arrangement won’t affect his team.

He added: “We train on Monday nights anyway so it is no different to us really apart from some might have to travel a bit further.

“It will be different for Rangers as they will travel up in plenty of time, have their pre-match meal and time to relax, whereas we will have boys at work.

“But that is the nature of the part-time beast.”

The game will also mark the last appearance of striker Steven Milne, who has decided to retire from football to join the police force.

It could also be the last game in maroon for loan star Lee Erwin, who is due to return to Motherwell next month.

But the boss is hopeful Lee’s time at the club might not be over so soon.

He said: “I have been in contact with Motherwell about Lee.

“We have to play a balancing act as we can only have five loan deals a season.

“We would like to have Lee back but it might be a case of waiting until January.”

But with the possibility of two of the club’s forward players set to leave Gayfield, the boss is also looking elsewhere.

He added: “We have a few names on our list.

“We would like to bring in someone with a more physical nature although we don’t want to take it away from the way we play.

“We need the balance in the team.”