Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Dean Shiels eyes extended cup run with Rangers

Dean Shiels has targeted an extended run in the Scottish Communities League Cup as Rangers seek to make amends for their Ramsdens Cup exit.

The Light Blues' hopes of a domestic clean sweep this season were shattered when they were dumped out on penalties by Queen of the South at Ibrox last week.

They now face their biggest test of the campaign so far when Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Motherwell come calling tomorrow night.

The third-round tie marks Rangers' first meeting with top-flight opposition since the newco were denied entry to the SPL and Shiels said: “We want to keep winning games and this is a cup we want to do well in.

“It's going to be very tough. They are a very good side. They finished strongly last year and they've had a great start to the season this year so we expect it to be very tough.”

Rangers head into the tie bolstered by a 4-1 win over Montrose in the Irn-Bru Third Division on Sunday.

They were given a tough time by the Gable Endies early on and the opener from Shiels was cancelled out by an own goal by Anestis Argyriou before strikes from Lewis Macleod, Robbie Crawford and Lee McCulloch lifted the Gers to within a point of leaders Queen's Park.

Shiels added: “We are basically a lot of individuals who have been brought together and it's going to take time for us to understand each other's games and strengths and to bring everything together.”

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