The SFL3 enters into its second round of games, with Peterhead coming to visit Ibrox on Saturday. Both teams met on the first day of the new season with the game ending in a 2-2 draw.
Remembrance Day will also be on the cards literally, as the Rangers support is putting up a card display to honour the occasion. Around 400 armed services personnel and Erskine veterans, will be special guests of the club. If the display is anything like last seasons then it really will be a spectacular show and another reason to ponder on why we should be so proud of our armed services and remember the men and woman who gave their lives so we can live in freedom. Indeed the Rangers support should also be proud of themselves for making the display and making it such a great occasion. Hopefully as last season our guests will be given a lap of honour so as our fantastic support can honour them with our applause.
Getting on to the game itself, Rangers will certainly be looking to play better than they did up at Peterhead. The draw flattered us to be honest. We had the excuse that day of almost having no pre-season, but that excuse no longer holds any credibility.
Last week's 7-0 win against Alloa in the Scottish Cup looked as it may possibly herald the start of us playing some very good football. We actually passed the ball around instead of punting it up the park, as we have done on so many occasions. The form of all of the youngsters on show really gave us a lot of hope for the future with a special mention for the 2 fantastic goals scored by young Barrie McKay. Top class at any level! Barrie’s form after his entry to the game has really given Ally McCoist some serious thoughts on his team selection.
The keeper is a no brainer of course as Alexander’s name is printed on the team sheet with permanent ink.
The right back position is more difficult to fill at this moment as Sebastien Faure and Anestis Argyriou are both definitely out for a number of weeks. Argyriou has ligament problems and Faure was operated on a groin injury he has been fighting with. It is most likely that Andy Little will continue in that position. If Lee Wallace and Emilson Cribari are both given clearance to play then that would give Chris Hegarty the chance to fill in the right-back role and let Little move to a more advanced position. The defensive line up is all "if’s and but’s" at the time of writing, with Little, Perry,Emilson and Hegarty looking the most likely set-up.
With Little moving to right-back that will probably mean a midfield of MacCleod, and Black in a holding position with McKay, Shiels and Aird in a more advanced role and McCulloch up front forming a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Meanwhile David Templeton has had a setback in training with a niggling hamstring injury ruling him out for Saturday and Sandaza is still a number of weeks away from being fit to play.
Hopefully Rangers will play the same passing game as we did against Alloa. We should be able to dominate all teams in this league at Ibrox but if we keep giving the ball away with high punts up the park then the Peterhead defence will lap that up and our midfielders will never bridge the gap between defence and attack.
Here is hoping the boys will give our service heroes something to cheer about and make their day.