Rangers desperate for Clyde game to go ahead

THERE was more frustration for Berwick at the weekend when their Boxing Day game against Annan was postponed because of the wintry weather.

Rangers have now only played once in the last month (away to Stranraer) and are now desperate that this Sunday’s match at Clyde goes ahead as scheduled, as it will be their last opportunity to play before the visit of Celtic to Shielfield in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup on Sunday, January 9.

With heavy snow falling around the country it came as no real surprise that the trip to Annan was called off as early as last Thursday lunchtime.

Athletic said the Galabank pitch was covered in snow and was hard underneath and had been deemed as unplayable.

“There was no option but to call it off,” said Berwick manager Jimmy Crease, “but it’s frustrating nonetheless.

“As people know, we have also had some difficulty arranging training because of the weather, so it has been far from ideal as far as we are concerned.

“When you play a team like Celtic in a big game, as it is for us, we need to be sharp and at our best if we are going to compete with them.

“That’s why we really do need the game to go ahead at Clyde this weekend. We need a game under our belts to sharpen us up.”

Berwick, after a remarkable run of six draws in their last seven league games, have now slipped to fifth in the table, but with two games in hand on the leaders, and only six points adrift, they are within striking distance of the top.

“It’s all very close,” said Crease. “We have had a lot of draws, but the fact remains we have only lost one league game so far this season.

“There is nothing between the top half dozen sides, and in footballing terms it means there is everything to play for.

“We are due to go to Clyde on Sunday. They are currently bottom of the table, but we cannot afford to underestimate them.

“What we have to do is try and ensure the win and to come away with all three points, that’s the most important thing for us at this stage of the season, although getting a game under our belts before the Celtic tie will also be a big plus.”

Berwick confirmed this week that the weather, which has hit postal deliveries, has affected the distribution of some of their tickets for the Celtic game.

A statement said they had received ‘a few arduous e-mails and telephone calls’ as some tickets had not been received by supporters.