GARETH McAuley believes the newspapers will have already prepared their headlines in case of a Rangers slip up at League Two Cowdenbeath tomorrow evening.

The veteran defender knows all the pressure is on the Gers going into the potential giant killing Scottish Cup fixture but is more than confident the Light Blues won’t make the backpages for the wrong reasons.

The fourth round tie takes McAuley and his teammates to the infamous Central Park, which boasts a stock car track around the pitch.

Speaking to the media the centre-half smiled: “Everyone knows what the game is and I am sure you guys will have headlines written already if we were to slip up.

“Mentally we have got to be prepared for that, we all know what is ahead of us, we all know about the pitch and we all know it is giant killing waiting to happen.

“They are things which are in our minds and we have to focus on that. We know if we turn up and do what we do then the game should take care of itself.”

With Connor Goldson nursing an injury McAuley is likely to start the cup tie and the Northern Ireland international admits he is already feeling the benefits of the first winter break of his career.

Rangers will have had three weeks without a game when they take to the field on Friday night, the squad returned to training when they travelled to Tenerife nearly two weeks ago.

The 39-year-old continued: “It was strange over the New Year not having games and not having to prepare for the games.

“I think it is something that the leagues down south could look at because it has been good.

“We got good work done; we got fitness work done and tactical and technical work done while we were away in Tenerife. That is beneficial now going into the second half of the season.

“We still have the demands of ourselves every day to hit the standards and the heights we want to.

“The intensity of the training and everything that we do will stay the same, if not probably get a little bit higher with maybe not having the same game load.

“The intensity of what we are trying to do and what we are trying to achieve will certainly be there.”

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