Handling just can’t stop scoring for Rangers

Danny Handling scored twice in the Berwick Rangers 5-0 win over Alloa Athletic bringing his tally to 6 goals in 4 games
Danny Handling scored twice in the Berwick Rangers 5-0 win over Alloa Athletic bringing his tally to 6 goals in 4 games

TEENAGE striker Danny Handling just can’t stop scoring for Berwick.

The 18 year-old, who is on loan at Shielfield until the end of the season from Hibs, hit his third ‘double’ in the 5-0 home demolition of newly crowned Third Division champions Alloa on Saturday.

That took his tally to an amazing six in his first four games, and both he and delighted manager Ian Little agreed that ‘long may it continue.’

Handling’s goals have helped fire Rangers back into the play-off picture, albeit their chances remain very slim.

Only a month ago Rangers ruled themselves out of the play-offs altogether, but they have gone unbeaten since then and Saturday’s surprise win over Alloa means that they are now only six points off fourth placed Elgin, with three games to go, and they play the City side this weekend.

A win in that game would make it very interesting for the final weeks of the campaign against East Stirling (away) and Stranraer (home).

Manager Little says: “I’m not getting carried away - if it happens it happens. Yes, we have a chance, but it’s a slim one, and we will just wait to see how it works out.”

Of Saturday’s win Little added: “In all honesty that is one of the best displays I have seen from a Berwick team in a long time, and it’s certainly the best since I took over as manager.

“We were magnificent all over the park today. We played really, really well, and the players deserve a lot of credit for the way in which they have responded over the past few weeks.

“Alloa may have been suffering from a championship hangover, but we still had to go out and beat them and all the credit must go to the players for their performance.

“The introduction of the loan players (including Handling) has given us a timely boost because they are full of energy.

“The Elgin game is now a big one for us. They are still going for the play-off themselves so it will be a tough match but if we can play like we did today who knows what might happen?”