Rangers wary of cup upset

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Berwick manager Colin Cameron is warning his players to be on their guard against non-League Formartine in the Scottish Cup this weekend.

Rangers take on the Highland League outfit in the second round of the competition at Shielfield on Saturday, knowing that any lapse of concentration could lead to a shock exit.

Cameron’s message comes after Berwick suffered a disappointing 2-0 away defeat against Queen’s Park in the league on Saturday, a result which saw Rangers slip down the table and fall ten points behind leaders Arbroath after only seven games played.

“It was a disappointing result,” said the manager, “but we know that if we can get some momentum going we have the players capable of turning things around.

“Confidence is a big thing in football and some of the players are lacking in it at the moment.

“We have only picked up two points out of 12, but it is by no means a crisis. It is a gap which is still manageable at this stage of the season.”

Striker Andy Russell was stretchered off late in the game at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium and now, according to Cameron, looks like he might be sidelined for ‘some time’ with a knee injury.

“We think it might be his cruciate, but we won’t know for definite until the swelling goes down,” he said.

Looking ahead to Saturday and the game against Formartine, Cameron said it was a game they are expected to win as they are the home side.

But he admits it could be a banana skin.

“I watched them recently and they are quite a good side,” he said. “They scored three goals in the last ten minutes so they play to the end.”

Formartine will travel down the night before in preparation for the game.

“It’s a long way for them to come and we don’t want to go back up there in midweek so we want to win on Saturday,” said Cameron.

“It’s the first of three successive home games for us and if we can get a win under our belt I think it would give the players a lift.”

Cameron hopes to have both Darren Lavery and Jonny Fairbairn back for the weekend after missing Saturday’s game against Queen’s Park.