Rangers face two games in four days

After two weekends without a game, Berwick Rangers face the prospect of two competitive matches within the space of four days this week.

On Saturday (December 12) they will take on Elgin City at home in a Scottish League Division Two fixture, before facing Arbroath in a bottom of the table clash at Gayfield on Tuesday (December 15).

The teams were originally due to have met last weekend, but the game was switched because of Arbroath’s involvement in the Scottish Cup.

With Rangers propping up the table it is imperative they get back to winning ways in their bid to escape the basement.

Coughlin has been promised money by the club (see story on back page) to boost his squad during the January transfer window, but he will be looking for more points on the board before then.

The games may give Berwick fans a first chance to see recent signing Callum Crane in action.

The on-loan Hibs defender was involved in a friendly game against current Lowland League leaders Edinburgh City - on the artificial surface at Peffermill - on Saturday, but due to the weather conditions play was abandoned in the second half.

Berwick lost centre back Robert Wilson with swelling above the eye after just over ten minutes played.

In the windy conditions Berwick opted to keep the ball on the ground and they enjoyed the majority of possession.

Ewan McNeil opened the scoring after 37 minutes, and minutes later Andy Russell had a good chance to double the advantage but he lifted the ball too high.

Berwick manager John Coughlin made a raft of changes at half-time and Darren Lavery put Rangers 2-0 up when he netted from the penalty spot after 51 minutes, following a foul on Dwayne Coultress in the box.

Ross Allum pulled a goal back for the capital side after an hour, but in the worsening conditions referee Paul Hanlon decided to call an early halt to proceedings.