BERWICK defender Dougie Brydon says he is ‘absolutely gutted’ at missing Saturday’s big game at Ibrox.
Brydon has been an ever-present in the team this season ever since returning to the club from hometown side Duns in the East of Scotland League.
But over the past few weeks he has been walking a suspension tightrope and a recent booking at Clyde took him over the threshold.
“I thought then that I was going to be over the points limit,”he said, “so I had an idea this was going to happen.
“Playing against Rangers is one of the biggest games of the season and I have been looking forward to it all year, so to not be involved will be a big blow.
“I am also disappointed because a lot of people from Duns were going up to the game to watch me play, so yes I am absolutely gutted.”
Brydon says he will train with the team this week and will travel through with the other players to Glasgow where he will support them from the sidelines.
His place in the team is likely to go to fellow Borderer Andy McLean, who was sent to play for the Reserves at the weekend to give him some match practice.
“That was why he wasn’t on the bench against East Stirling, because he needed to get some match time under his belt,” said manager Ian Little.
Berwick beat East Stirling 2-0 at Shielfield on Saturday, making it two wins in a row in 2013, and Little said he hoped the players would take the confidence gained from those victories into the match against run-away league leaders Rangers.
“We need players who can handle the pressure and not freeze on the big stage,” he said. “I realise anything we can take from this game will be a bonus because Rangers are really settling into the league now and are a very difficult side to play against.
“It will be a big day for everyone, and that includes me. I have only been to Ibrox twice to watch games, I have never been in the dressing rooms, so it will also be a new experience for me.”
One player likely to feature is new signing Dylan Easton, who has starred in the two victories over Montrose and East Stirling following his switch from Livingston.
The 18 year-old scored on his home debut at the weekend and played his part in two of the goals at Montrose the previous Wednesday and says he is enjoying his spell with the Borderers.
“Dylan has been training with us for five or six weeks now,” said Little, “and he has now signed a full contract with us to the end of the season.”
Meanwhile, Berwick have released striker John Ferguson. He played several games up front alongside Lavery, but Little said: “He is not what we are looking for at this stage and thought it was best to let him go.”