Rangers hope to make it third time lucky with pre-season friendlies

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BERWICK manager Ian Little admitts to being ‘just a little frustrated’ at his teams inactivity during pre-season.

So far Rangers have seen two pre-season friendlies - at home to a Hearts XI a fortnight ago, and Dunfermline, last Saturday - both postponed due to the wet weather.

On each occasion it was deemed the pitch was holding too much water and was in danger of cutting up badly.

But, weather permitting, they are hoping that it’s third time lucky this weekend when they are due to face Livingston at Shielfield.

Originally, Hamilton had accepted an offer to play the Borderers, but they later withdrew in favour of a match against English side Bolton Wanderers, and it was Livi who stepped in to fill the breach.

And all being well, Dunfermline, who just missed out on a return to the SPL this week, will visit the Tweedsiders on Tuesday (July 24).

“It’s almost certain that game will now go ahead as scheduled,” said Little earlier this week.

The Berwick boss has been restricted to watching his side play two friendlies on the astroturf at Gala (against Cowdenbeath last Tuesday and against Gala Rovers on Monday).

“It’s not been ideal,” he said. “I had a plan in my head that I wanted to see the lads in action, but because of the weather it just hasn’t happened.

“We’ve been training, but it isn’t the same, what they players need now is some match time to build their fitness levels up.

“Hopefully the games against Livingston and Dunfermline will go ahead, because I know they will both be a tough test for us, which is what we need at this stage.”

Little says that all being well he hopes to add ‘two or three’ new signings to his pool by this weekend.

He is also looking forward to the prospect of meeting the Rangers newco in the third division, following their relegation from the SPL.

“It is an exciting prospect,” he said, “but I am not going to let it cloud my thoughts at this moment in time.

“I have a team I need to assemble and get ready for the start of the season. If Rangers are in our division so be it, but we will just have to wait and see if it actually happens.”