Juventus to train at Murray Park ahead of Celtic game
RANGERS have confirmed Juventus will make use of their Murray Park training facilities while in Glasgow next week as the Serie A leaders prepare for their clash against Celtic in the last 16 of the Uefa Champions League.
Juve will train at Rangers’ Auchenhowie base on Monday and Tuesday before heading to Celtic Park to face Neil Lennon’s side on Tuesday night in the first leg of their tie.
Meanwhile, Andy Little wants a positive response from Rangers this weekend after branding their William Hill Scottish Cup exit to Dundee United as “embarrassing and humiliating.”
Rangers found themselves trailing after just 16 seconds at Tannadice, as United went on to secure a comfortable 3-0 win. The result left Rangers with only the Irn-Bru Third Division title race to focus on this season, with Little admitting the players let the club down last week. He said: “I don’t think we expected it. It couldn’t have been a worse start and, by the end, to be honest, it was embarrassing and humiliating. Everyone was disappointed to a man and we let ourselves down and we let the club down. It showed we’re not quite as good as people maybe thought we were and I think we’ve got a lot to improve on. We have to now put on performances and entertain the crowd as much as we can. The only thing we can do now is make an impression on the league and try to impress and try to give the fans something to celebrate.”
Rangers play host to nearest rivals Queen’s Park today, aiming to extend the gap at the summit to 22 points.
Little said: “When you have a really poor result like we had last weekend, what you want most is another game to try to react and put things right. It’s a great chance for us against Queen’s Park to put right those wrongs and really try to put this league to bed.”
Rangers manager Ally McCoist, meanwhile, praised the support and said he felt for them following the cup exit at Tannadice last weekend. He said: “We’re on the pathway but we’re just at the start of the pathway. The support we’ve had has been sensational and I think there has been a level of understanding shown by the support.
“We’re going to get disappointments, like last week’s cup game at Dundee United, but the most important thing is getting out of the division we’re in. That will not change until we get back to the top league. To get back to where we want to be, it ain’t going to be one giant leap, it’s going be lots of small steps.”
McCoist is seeking a positive reaction to last week’s painful cup exit. But Queen’s Park ran Rangers close at Hampden last time they met in the league – going down to a last-minute winner from Fraser Aird. He said: “They have given us two really, really tough games. We won both of them but, in the last one at Hampden, we scored late on through Fraser Aird.
“They are second in the league for a reason. I’ve known Gardner Speirs for a long time and he’s a good coach. I don’t particularly go along with this part-time philosophy – I think Gardner has a full-time train of thought and his players have a full-time train of thought.
“They are fit boys, they are young and athletic and they are organised.”
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