Rangers a failure if they don't win comfortably in Scottish Cup, Annan boss
Rangers are set to take on Scottish League Two side Annan Athletic in the Scottish Cup on Saturday in one of the biggest mismatches in the competition this season.
The Galabankies may be up in third in the fourth tier. but they still have a huge task on their hands to overcome the reigning, undefeated champions of Scotland.
Rangers are expected to make several changes for the game at Galabank but they should still be the much stronger side and come out comfortable winners.
Annan Athletic manager Peter Murphy has thrown the gauntlet down to Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side, speaking to BBC Cumbria.
“It’s a big game, a great game for the club, the town and the supporters as well,” he said, “I’m trying to look at it as just another game for us and for my players not to get caught up in the atmosphere and just try and concentrate on the game.
“We know we’re going to have a very tough game on Saturday and Rangers, if they don’t win four or five-nil they’ve failed, so there’s no pressure on my players whatsoever.
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“I watched them on Sunday to try and get a few tips and they beat Hearts 5-0, so we know it’s going to be very difficult.”
This has the potential to be one of Rangers’ trickiest games of the entire season and they cannot afford to slip up at Galabank.
van Bronckhorst is expected to make several changes to the side that demolished Hearts and we could see a full debut for deadline day signing Aaron Ramsey too.
Gers fans won’t be overly concerned about how they get the win against Annan, as long as they do and they can get out of there with their name in the hat for the next round.
They will also hope that they emerge injury-free from the League Two stadium after Ianis Hagi saw his season ended early at Ibrox by Stirling Albion in the previous round.
You wouldn’t blame van Bronckhorst for trying to protect his star men but he still needs to field a side good enough to take care of the Galabankies.