IAN BLACK feels Rangers are on course to get back to where they belong after the horror of administration at Ibrox two years ago.

Today is the second anniversary of one of the darkest days in the Light Blues’ 142-year history, when the club’s financial problems came to a head.

Black was still playing for Hearts – themselves now in administration but close to an agreement which would see that period end in April – at that point.

He moved to Ibrox five months later as the first signing the club made after the switch over to a new holding company.

Although times have sometimes been difficult since then, Gers are cruising towards the League One title, are in the last eight of the Scottish Cup and the final of the Ramsdens Cup.

As Black reflected on what happened a couple of Valentine’s Days ago, he conceded his knowledge of events in Glasgow wasn’t great.

But he’s up to speed with exactly what’s going in Govan now and he’s content with how things are panning out.

The midfielder said: “I was at another club at that point and I didn’t really know anything about the situation. You just saw what you read in the papers.

“Obviously it wasn’t a nice time and I saw the mess Rangers were in but I’m here now and I’m part of something that’s going well.

“Hopefully we’re taking the club back to where it belongs. We feel we’re progressing well and we don’t concentrate on the off-field stuff expect when we need to.

“As far as we are concerned, we are focused on what happens on a Saturday and things are great just now.

“We had a disappointing cup run last year but we’re quite far ahead in the league now and we’ve a couple of cups to go for too.”

Black and his team-mates learned they’ll face Albion Rovers in the last eight of the Scottish Cup when the draw was made on Sunday.

A date and time for that match won’t be confirmed until after the replay between Inverness and Stranraer on Tuesday night.

Whenever it takes place, Gers will be expected to win and Black appreciates that but takes nothing for granted.

He added: “We were just delighted to get into the next round. Everybody wants a home draw, we got one and with the squad we’ve got, we’d be confident going up against anybody.

“It’s going to be a tough game against Albion though. We played them at the start of the season and I know we won but they’ll come to Ibrox wanting to win.

“We’ll probably be favourites to win and it’ll come down to how we go about doing our job. We can’t be slack as we know they’ll punish us if we do that.”

Before then, Rangers travel to Ayr in the title race tomorrow and they’re looking for a win that would edge them closer to the crown.

Although a match at Stranraer has been added to the schedule, a home meeting with Airdrie has been cancelled because of Gers’ continued Scottish Cup progress.

That means as things stand, they would still claim the League One trophy on March 15 against Dunfermline if both teams keep winning before then.

Black isn’t giving much thought to sealing silverware just yet and is simply focused on the clash with Ayr.

He said: “We’re looking forward to it. It’s going to be tough and we need to prepare right but we’re on a good run and we’ll be ready for the game.

“Our mood hasn’t changed. The spirits are good and everybody’s buzzing. We just look forward to playing on a Saturday.”

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