Rangers ‘must do better’ says boss Crease

BERWICK take a break from league action this weekend when they face Livingston in the quarter-finals of the Ramsdens Challenge Cup at Shielfield.

The game is being played on Sunday, with a 3pm kick-off, but after failing to win in their last three games, and not playing particularly well, manager Jimmy Crease says it is a case of ‘must do better’ against the West Lothian outfit.

Rangers drew 1-1 away to Queen’s Park at Hampden on Saturday, at the end of a week which saw them go down 2-1 at Stranraer and 5-0 away to Hibernian in the League Cup at Easter Road.

“We looked a bit tired after the game against Hibs,” said Crease. “Some of the players looked a bit leg-weary, so to come away from Hampden with a draw was not a bad result.

“I think it shows the level of our expectations when we are disappointed with an away draw.”

Stevie Notman made a welcome return to action after missing pre-season and the start of the new campaign whilst he completed his civic duties as Cornet at his home town of Innerleithen.

“I think we have been very patient with Stevie,” he said, “but he has kept himself fit and today he was probably our best player.”

Crease will now be looking for the same sort of form from the attacking full-back when Livi visit Shielfield on Sunday.

The Almondvale side drew 1-1 away to Hamilton last Saturday, an injury-time goal earning them a point against the nine-man Accies.

They are currently sitting fourth in the first division table and Crease admits they will provide tough opposition for his side.

“We are no strangers to Livi as we faced them a few times when they were demoted and forced to play in the third division a couple of seasons back.

“But since then they have been promoted back to the first, so there is no denying their credentials.

“They will be a very difficult side to beat. We accept that, but like all our games we will go into it thinking we can get a result.

“We have said all along that the league is our priority - the cups are just a bonus, and getting a home draw for once is certainly something we haven’t been used to recently.

“Our recent performances haven’t been the best. We haven’t kicked on from the good start we made to the season. Like the Hibs game it is a chance to prove ourselves against higher league opposition - let’s just hope we can do better than we did at Easter Road.”