Steven Gerrard's team selection holds no fear for Falkirk ahead of Rangers Betfred Cup visit, Miller says

Falkirk boss Lee Miller says Rangers will hold no fear for Falkirk – regardless of who Steven Gerrard fields in the Betfred Cup.
Lee Miller. Picture: Michael GillenLee Miller. Picture: Michael Gillen
Lee Miller. Picture: Michael Gillen

Rangers’ depth of squad has been highlighted as a strength this season with the SPFL league leaders regularly cycling their squad and tinkering with the first team line-up to spread minutes and matches among the dressing room.

Only Connor Goldson, James Tavernier and Ryan Kent are considered ever-presents in the campaign so far, featuring both domestically and regularly in European matches.

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With Aberdeen up next and Benfica visiting Ibrox next week for the resumption of the Europa League group stage, Lee Miller expects Steven Gerrard to continue to alter his personnel for the visit to the League One side in the knock-out stage next Sunday.

But whoever it is coming in, Miller says his Bairns will relish the challenge rather than fear the SPFL Premiership league leaders.He told our sister title The Falkirk Herald: "It will be a good test for us because they’re obviously the in-form team in the country just now.

"You want to test yourself against the best teams. We are no different from anybody else.

"A lot of the boys haven’t played against the Old Firm in their careers yet so it will be good for them.

"I think they will make changes with them having Benfica through the week, but it will still be a high calibre of player playing against us.

“Our squad hasn’t got that fear factor. They don’t fear anybody. They just go out and play.

"Whoever they are playing against, they are up for it. Yes, they’ll be nervous, but nervous energy is good going into a game."

Rangers have failed to win on their last three visits to The Falkirk Stadium, with Miller involved in the last two victories for the side he now co-manages. The boss will return to the dugout after a two-week quarantine period through a close contact’s covid-19 infection, this weekend.

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He added: “The atmosphere was incredible for those games. When this place is packed out, it’s a great atmosphere and a definite 12th man for us.

"It’s a shame there will be no fans – for them and us – for next Sunday’s game.”

The match kicks off at 5pm and is live on Premier Sports.