RANGERS Development Squad have travelled to London as they prepare for this evening’s friendly match against Brentford B.
The Young Gers will take on the Brentford’s Reserve side at the Imber Court Stadium, with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Academy coach Peter Lovenkrands is hoping his squad can step up to the challenge. Speaking to RangersTV ahead of the game he said: “I am expecting a really tough game, we have played them before and they were a very good side and I think we need to be ready for the challenge that is ahead of us.
“We might have a few first team boys involved in the game so it will be good for them, and for our boys to play with them.
“We should have a good squad to go down there and take on the challenge that is ahead of us and I am expecting the boys to go and accept the challenge.”
The sides last met in December at Rangers Training Centre, with the Gers running out 4-0 winners, but Lovenkrands says the Light Blues must be aware of Brentford’s threat.
He continued: “4-0 sounds like it was a dominant game but they are a very good side. If you let them play and let them get into their way of playing and we don’t get our game going then they can be really tough to play against.
“We need to be really switched on and we need to know exactly the jobs that we are doing to win this game.
“The preparations are underway and we have been doing really well, training has been bright and lively and hopefully we will be ready to go.
“We know a few of their players and the way they play and we are going to look at that and how we deal with it but also more importantly we are going to focus on what we do with the ball.
“If we can impose our way of playing early in the game then I think we could be in for a good day.”
Despite recent results not going the way of the Development Squad, Lovenkrands says there is a positive mood about the squad.
He continued: “It has been a tough period for the boys but it is something they have to be ready for.
“It has of course not been the best results but it is a really good learning bit for the boys it is something now they need to go and fix and get back to winning ways.
“I think we were on a 12 game unbeaten run, and then have lost four games so now this is what it is all about and how you bounce back from that.
“This is what is ahead of them in the game against a tough opponent but they need to go out and accept that challenge and hopefully rise to it.
“Training has been lively and great and the boys have worked hard.
“We have done all the work we need to do from the physio staff to get players ready, to the sport scientist to make sure they are up and running and the coaching bit as well to prepare them so it is all down to them now to hopefully go and put on a good performance and get the win.”