Rangers visit Stranraer this afternoon in what will be just the fourth meeting between the two clubs.
Ibrox manager Ally McCoist – who netted a hat-trick in a 5-0 win the last time Rangers faced the south west club in 1992 – is relishing the prospect of today’s Scottish League One trip to Stair Park. He said: “We’ve had them watched a few times and it will be a good test for us.
“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s not a team we have played on a regular basis. It took us longer last year to get accustomed (to the lower divisions) than we would have wished, that’s for sure, with three draws in the first four away games.
“I would hope that shock to the players’ systems isn’t there this year as the vast majority of them are used to it and have become accustomed to it.”
Meanwhile, McCoist is set to have talks with former Dundee No 1 Steve Simonsen after the goalkeeper impressed on trial this week.
The Rangers manager is keen for reserve goalkeeper Scott Gallacher to go out on loan and to recruit an experienced campaigner to challenge Cammy Bell. McCoist said: “Steve has impressed in the week’s trial and we are happy with him. We will have a chat with him and hear his views. ”
Simonsen told his twitter followers: “Brilliant week’s training @RFC_Official Fantastic club with unrivalled facilities, a pleasure 2 be there I now wait to see what happens next?”