Rangers look for much-needed win over Peterhead

BERWICK found themselves frozen out at the weekend when their away match at Clyde was postponed because of the weather.

There had been reports on Friday that the Broadwood pitch was holding water, and with temperatures expected to fall below zero overnight an early morning inspection was called for.

With a heavy frost in evidence and no real prospect of a thaw, the game was cancelled, but no date has yet been set for the re-staging.

Rangers, without a win in their last seven games, had been looking for a much-needed win to boost their flagging play-off hopes.

After a week of inactivity they will now be hoping to get their season back on track when they take on Peterhead at Shielfield this weekend.

But this will not be an easy match for Berwick, as Peterhead beat Elgin 2-1 on Saturday, just a week after the Highlanders thumped Ian Little’s side 4-0 at Borough Briggs.

Ross Gray, who has been suffering a back strain, is in line for a recall, but Rangers will be without midfielder Kevin McDonald, who is due to start a three match suspension.

McDonald, who has been a virtual ever-present in the side this season, had already surpassed the points limit for bookings, which he compounded with his sending off at Elgin, and he is now due to miss the forthcoming games against Peterhead and promotion-chasing Alloa and Annan Athletic.

Saturday’s Reserve game against Craigroyston at Shielfield was also postponed until later in the season.

This was down to remedial work which was being carried out on the ‘Ducket’ side of the pitch last week.

With three home games for the first team in February it was thought the surface would need time to recover and so the decision to call off the fixture was taken on Friday.

Meanwhile, Berwick have confirmed the departure of midfielder Darren Smith whose six month contract with the club had lapsed.

Smith was only a bit-part player for the first team and he found his chances restricted to outings with the Reserves.

Manager Little knows that the game against Peterhead will be a difficult one.

“They beat Elgin at home on Saturday, just a week after our defeat at Elgin, so it shows what they are capable of,” he said. “For our part we know that we need to cut out the needless mistakes which we know have been so costly for us lately.

“We also need to tighten up at the back because we just can’t stop conceding goals. Only one clean sheet in the league so far this season tells us where our problems lie.”