21 September 2013

Forfar Athletic preview

by Ross McAdam | Contributor

On Sunday the Bears will once again descend into a small town in Scotland. 

AGM’s, EGM’s, the Easdale’s, Jack Irvine and the finances can be put aside for 90 minutes as we watch the Rangers. This time it will be to revisit the scene of our only defeat this season, Forfar. An abysmal performance was compounded with a 2-1 defeat after extra time in the League Cup. 

It is pleasing to say that the team looks much stronger now. The only positive thing from that outing was seeing Marvin Andrews again. This time around I certainly don’t expect a repeat of that performance or result.

Since then Rangers have racked up seven consecutive victories scoring an impressive 28 goals in the process. The additions to the squad appear to have settled in nicely. Cammy Bell looks like a terrific goalkeeper, a good shot stopper who also commands his box well and communicate with his teammates. 

Bilel Mohsni looks a very commanding defender and will no doubt stroll League 1. He clearly demonstrates some good footballing ability which will hopefully allow us to see some nice flowing football rather than the tedious high balls from last season. Nicky Law is a forward thinking midfielder which we lacked last season and can take a game by the scruff of the neck. I look forward to seeing him develop and I’m sure he will end the season with double figures in both the goals and assists categories. 

Up front, Jon Daly’s work rate and link up play has been brilliant, providing the team with something that was evidently missing last year, I just hope he can start scoring more frequently.

By generating a winning run it creates a negative mentality for the opposition. Last year, teams knew they could score against us and realistically not lose. Now teams know that this is a Rangers side capable of scoring five or six goals which immediately puts the opposing team on the back foot which makes such a big difference. 

I’ve already stated this year I certainly don’t expect us to lose a game this season and if our attitude is correct I don’t think we will be far away from winning every league game this season, which no matter what division we are in would be a great achievement in my eyes.

As for Forfar, since defeating Rangers they have only won one match, last week in a 3-1 win away to East Fife. They sit eighth in League 1 with the solitary win, one draw and three defeats to their name. They do have some experienced players in their squad, notably ex Ger Marvin Andrews, Rab Douglas and Gavin Swankie, who scored both goals against Rangers and used to play for Dundee and St Johnstone. 

Also, Chris Templeman caused our defence all sorts of problems last time out with his height so hopefully our centre halves can deal better with his threat this time around.

As for the Rangers team I don’t think I’ll ever agree with McCoist but my selection for this would be:

Bell; Foster, Mohsni, Faure, Wallace; Peralta, Law, Crawford, Templeton; Daly, Little. 

The exclusion of Macleod is based on the fact he isn’t expected to be fit. I’d be surprised if McCoist doesn’t pick the same team as started against Queen of the South however.

Hopefully we get a good atmosphere and a performance to match. They certainly owe us after that miserable day in August. My prediction - 3-0 Rangers.

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