Friday, May 15, 2009

too late for Kirk Broadfoot as Rangers meet Aberdeen on Saturday

Following Rangers draw to Hibernian on Wednesday they have dropped from the top spot of the SPL and trail Celtic by a two-goal differential. As Walter Smith and company go forward in the final two matches the task is not simply to win out but layer on goals.

While some of the news dealt with the hellacious issue of Kirk Broadfoot's "injury" when he was scalded by poached when opening the microwave door, the Gers will need to find a mental toughness to power through an attacking binge over the next two matches. Starting with Saturday's difficult test against Aberdeen at Ibrox they are in the unusual position of not only playing for three points but to continue to press for a full ninety minutes.

Although Kirk Broadfoot was already excluded prior to his dreadful culinary injury and Andrius Velička will miss due to illness the Gers have Kenny Miller, Saša Papac and Barry Ferguson available.

Prior to Saturdays match, Walter Smith said of the Dons:

"Now we have to concentrate on Aberdeen but it won't be easy. They've been difficult opponents for us over the period of time I've been back at the club.

"It will a hard game but we have to approach it looking to take advantage of the fact we're at home and try to win the game."

Of Wednesday's missed opportunity he added:

"If you look at the way we approached the match the other night, I didn't think there was that much wrong with it.

"We could have been doing with being a bit brighter in the first half but we imposed ourselves in the second.

"Of course, we left ourselves a little bit open with the way we played after the break and Hibs had an opportunity to go 2-0 up before we scored.

"But any team that has to score goals is going to taker risks. This weekend we have to be positive and if we play well enough, we'll hopefully win the match.

"We've only lost one league game since the turn of the year and we go into the match with a level of confidence."