JAK Alnwick says he is preparing to run out for one of the biggest games of his life this Sunday.
The goalkeeper is likely to play ahead of the injured Wes Foderingham in his first ever Old Firm derby and he says he will draw on his Premier League experience to see him through.
Alnwick has seven appearances for the Light Blues to date, after signing for the club in January 2017 and admits this will be his biggest test so far with the Gers.
Speaking to the media the 24-year-old said: “Nothing has been confirmed yet but I am just looking at preparing like I am playing and we will take each day as it comes.
“I think everyone in the squad has just got to prepare as if they’re playing, there has been nothing said of team selection yet. It is our job to work towards the game on Sunday, whether we are playing or not.
“One of the reasons you come up here and come to a big club like Rangers is it play in these types of games.
“It is what you dream of and everyone would love to play in these games, if I get the chance then I will be buzzing and ready to go.
“It is a massive game; I have played big games at Newcastle United. I played in the Tyne Wear derby there and played against the big teams like Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United.
“You look at this game in terms of the worldwide interest and it is the biggest game in terms of what it means to both sets of fans.
“We need to turn up and play how we know we can play and give a good account of ourselves.
“You look at the experience in the dressing room; Graham Dorrans has played in the Premier League and knows what this is all about, as does Jamie Murphy. Then there is Russell Martin, as well as Bruno Alves, who has won trophies everywhere.
“You also have to look at a lot of the younger lads like Tav who has been through a lot of experience being here for a few years.
“Everyone has chipped in and we are all together and know we need to keep pushing and picking up the wins along the way.”
Alnwick and his teammates are aiming for a win in the final derby of the season to keep themselves in second in the league.
He batted away claims that the Gers players might have had their confidence dented by a poor Scottish Cup semi-final showing just two weeks ago.
The stopper continued: “We know we need to go that little bit extra because we have come close this season. We are worried about ourselves, it is about us and where we want to finish this season.
“We want to go there and get the three points – that is all we are concentrating on.
“We didn’t put things right against Hearts but we gave it a good shot, to get a win in between that is good.
“It was a hard defeat in the semi-finals and it is about reacting and what you do next. If we can go out there positive then we have a chance but I don’t think we should look into the past.
“We want to give the fans something from us and we are just concentrating on winning, there is no issue of confidence.
“For our fans I think they deserve something in terms of where we have been and where we are coming to. They deserve something good.”