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Ibrox men are fired up for battle, says Foderingham

 

By Andy Newport

Wes Foderingham insists Rangers are not heading into today's Old Firm showdown fearing another derby pasting from Celtic.

The Ibrox side have yet to topple their bitter rivals since Brendan Rodgers took over the Parkhead post and twice ended up on the wrong side of a 5-1 humiliation last season.

The best they have fared in their seven clashes with Rodgers' rampant treble winners was a 1-1 draw when new boss Graeme Murty was in caretaker charge last term.

But Foderingham insists Gers will go to Celtic Park determined to go one better this time.

"You can't dread an Old Firm game," said the Light Blues goalkeeper. "You don't come here and dread those kinds of fixtures. I look forward to them. This is the reason why we came to this club, to play in these types of games and ultimately to win in these types of fixtures as well which is what we will be aiming to do.

"Coming off the back of two defeats, it was important that we got a win against Motherwell and we managed to do that so we'll take that into Saturday.

"Our form has been patchy with two disappointing losses against St Johnstone and Kilmarnock but we've had good results against Aberdeen and Hibs as well. Coming off the back of a win, we will go into Saturday with confidence."

If Rangers are to secure their first league victory against Celtic since March 2012, Foderingham knows their injury-hit squad will have to perform to their maximum - especially himself.

The Ibrox side have shipped 18 goals in derby clashes since Rodgers transformed Celtic into an all-conquering force. But he does not believe there would be much point adopting the same masterplan Hearts used to stunning effective as they became the first Scottish side in 70 attempts to down the league leaders.

He said: "They are a good side and have a good attacking threat so I'm sure that I will be busy.

"Anything can happen in an Old Firm game so we need to give ourselves the best chance.

"We need to make sure that we are decent off the ball and decent on the ball as well and try to take the game to them too. Hearts played well and got a good result, but it's not for Rangers to look at a Hearts performance against Celtic to think about what we need to do to win.

"We know what we need to do and our game plan will be different. It's important that we're motivated anyway, regardless of previous results."

Meanwhile, Rangers have rejected Preston's approach to speak to playmaker Josh Windass.

North End boss Alex Neil made an offer around£300,000 but his bid has been knocked back.

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