Rangers hope to get back to winning ways

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AFTER a week off due to the internationals, Berwick return to action this Saturday with a home game against Clyde.

And after losing last time out - 1-0 away to Peterhead a fortnight ago- the team will be keen to get back to winning ways so as to not lose too much ground on the leading sides at the top of the Third Division.

With only eight points from their seven games to date, Rangers find themselves in the bottom half of the table, but they know that a couple of victories could haul them right back in contention in the top half of the table.

In the last week manager Ian Little has added three new players to his squad - ex-Livingston full back Ross Brady, former Aberdeen striker Dean Carse and Spaniard Alberto Garcia Arena, who can play out wide or up front.

The 23 year-old, who was previously with Spanish second/third division club Athletico Real Mancha, has been training with the team for several weeks and after signing at the weekend was included in the Reserve squad for their 4-3 East of Scotland League victory over Eyemouth at Shielfield (see match report on page 35.

Assistant manager Robbie Horn said this week that Brady and Carse have been signed with a view to Reserve team football, but does not want to rule them out of possible first team inclusion.

Arena has shown up well in first team training, and after Saturday’s performance with the Reserves he gives the management team another option.

Despite their inconsistent start to the season, manager Little is not unduly concerned at this moment in time.

“We have been playing some nice football,” he said, “but sometimes the luck hasn’t gone our way.

“It’s a long, hard season, we are not quarter of the way through it yet, and if we keep playing the way we have been in recent games I am confident things will start to go our way.”

Berwick have won a few plaudits for their desire to play attacking, possession football, but the main criticism levelled against them so far this season is that they haven’t had a recognised striker to put the ball in the net.

“We have been scoring a few through the likes of Fraser McLaren and Lee Currie, and Darren Lavery has also popped up with a couple lately,” said Horn.

“People kept telling us we needed a striker, but I knew we had Stuart Noble coming back after a hamstring injury.

“Stuart is not yet fully recovered, which is why some of the younger players have been given their chance.

“That’s not to say we are not looking to strengthen the squad if we possibly can.”

Horn said Berwick are hoping to get back to winning ways against Clyde.

“I think if we can get another couple of wins under our belts in the next few weeks we will be in decent shape,” he said.

Meanwhile, Berwick are playing down reports of other clubs being linked with central defender Dougie Brydon. Rumours persist that several clubs have been showing an interest in him, but Horn says there is nothing concrete.

“We have heard a few rumours, but there is nothing that the club can say by way of confirmation, because we haven’t really been told anything.”