Rangers v Elgin City - Winning is a Must

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What should have been a great league and cup double header against Elgin within a week, turned into a nightmare for the Elgin club.

Two board members tried to make a bit of extra cash out of last weeks clash by selling more than a thousand tickets above the ground safety limit.

Greed certainly seems to cloud over any rational thinking when the pound signs are flying around. You could say greed made them lose their Elgin Marbles.

With safety restrictions being breached the police and powers that be in the SFL had no other option than to cancel the game.

While all tickets will be reimbursed many bears who had already made transport arrangements were unfortunately left out of pocket. Elgin will also find themselves out of pocket after the SFL hit them with a 25.000 pound fine of which 5.000 pound will go to a charity of Rangers choice.

Sunday’s visit to Ibrox for the William Hill Scottish Cup tie, should see Elgin more than cover the cost of their fine, with them getting a share of the gate money for the tie.

It will probably be far from a capacity crowd with it being a Sunday cup game, and temperatures also beginning to worry the brass monkeys.

It will certainly be a pay day very rarely enjoyed by the Moray club. Oh how they would love to drag out a replay at Borough Briggs for another pay day and to also try and take advantage of Rangers rather shaky away form.

Of historical interest, Elgin - who were formed 1883 - have brought through some top players including Rangers goalkeepers Andy Goram and Nicky Walker. Wee Jinky Johnstone who was arguably one of the best Scottish players ever, also started his career at Elgin.

We've been hearing that Rangers could be boosted by the return of David Templeton and Francisco Sandaza which would give Ally some more options. Templeton has recovered from a hamstring injury and Sandaza's recovered from a cheekbone injury.

Lee McCulloch is also available after running up a slight calf strain last week, while Andy Little has also now fully recovered from injury after toiling last time out against Queens Park. A series of medical consultations and sessions with the medical staff seem to have cleared up his injury woes.

Ally McCoist thinks Elgin may try and attack Rangers more than they normally would but surely with most of our players returning from injury Rangers should be able to have the third division club pinned back for most of the game.

I think the team will be:




 

This is the team I think it will be but I am not a Kevin Kyle fan and would prefer Andy Little up front as he is far faster and far more mobile.

His scoring record over the last year has been pretty impressive and together with the mobility of Dean Shiels they would worry any defence, especially at Ibrox.

My preferred line-up would therefore be: