RANGERS take on Partick Thistle in the League Cup quarter final and we’ve pulled together everything about the fixture in one handy place.
NICKNAME: The Jags
STADIUM: Firhill Stadium
GROUND CAPACITY: 10,102
PITCH SIZE: 105m x 68m
MANAGER: Alan Archibald
REFEREE: Steven McLean
ASSISTANTS: David McGeachie, Mark McLean
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Stephen Finnie
KICK OFF: 19:45
VENUE: Firhill Stadium
COMPETITION: The Betfred Cup
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JAGS PLAYER PREVIEW
Miles Storey (Evening Times): “The crowd got behind us and they liked the battling performance. There’s no fear from us. One of the attractions for me coming here was how well Thistle pass the ball. They have good technical players and all these good performances will carry into Tuesday.
“Anything can happen in Cup games. The team are only one game away from a Hampden semi-final and there’s no reason why we can’t win. You never know what can happen elsewhere. Inverness won the Scottish Cup the year before I joined and were a really good team – an under-rated team with John Hughes in charge.
“Hopefully we can go under the radar and do well in the Cup. I think Rangers were really good on the ball. We obviously have them now on Tuesday and we need to look at this match again and see what we can do better.
“We have to be careful with the final pass and then maybe we could see the game out. I thought Rangers were good on the ball. I know Ryan Jack from Aberdeen and he makes them tick. He has added a different aspect to their game and a bit of quality.
“Dorrans too scored a great goal – they have improved. But I think there are weaknesses as there are with any team even if they keep the ball and use it well.
“We could have coped with their goals better but they have improved from last year.”
JAGS MANAGER PREVIEW
Alan Archibald:”There’s that belief that we can score goals against a top side. The second-half performance was much better than the first. We gave it away a lot in good areas in the first half. We were more aggressive in our pressing as well further up the pitch, and that actually led to our first goal in winning the free-kick.
“We defended really well too and hopefully that will help us be mentally stronger in Tuesday night’s game.”
“I can only talk about our own team and I don’t think so. We are probably not aggressive enough. I really wish we were a bit more aggressive. I don’t think there were the amount of bookings in the game that there was the other night.
“But we treat every game the same, it’s not any different. It maybe just seems like that, when other teams get more of the ball, there are more tackles going in. Maybe that’s something that could be looked into with stats.
“But it’s not ‘we are playing Rangers, we are going to go and kick them’, by any manner of means.”
LAST 5 RESULTS
D 15/09/2017 RANGERS HOME PREMIERSHIP 2-2
D 09/09/2017 ROSS COUNTY AWAY PREMIERSHIP 1-1
L 26/08/2017 ABERDEEN HOME PREMIERSHIP 3-4
L 19/08/2017 ST JOHNSTONE AWAY PREMIERSHIP 0-1
L 11/08/2017 CELTIC HOME PREMIERSHIP 0-1
D 15/09/2017 PARTICK THISTLE AWAY PREMIERSHIP 2-2
W 09/09/2017 DUNDEE HOME PREMIERSHIP 4-1
W 27/08/2017 ROSS COUNTY AWAY PREMIERSHIP 3-1
D 19/08/2017 HEARTS HOME PREMIERSHIP 0-0
L 12/08/2017 HIBERNIAN HOME PREMIERSHIP 2-3
Supporters attending tonight’s game should please read the following important travel information from Partick Thistle.
- Please arrive early at the Stadium and leave plenty of time for your journey. Bear in mind Friday night traffic in Glasgow. There is no on street parking in the vicinity of the stadium.
- Check you have the correct ticket for tonight’s match. If you have purchased tickets for both fixtures (Tonight night and last Friday), ensure you bring the correct ticket. Please note access to the Stadium will NOT be granted should you inadvertently bring the wrong ticket.
- A new queue management system will be in place to ensure your safety and to facilitate easier access to your allocated Stand (Jackie Husband). Ticket checks will be in place. Please have your ticket ready for inspection.
- Supporters with tickets that state entry via TURNSTILES 40-44 please enter via NORTH DRIVE / FIRHILL COURT.
- Supporters with tickets that state entry via TURNSTILES 45-49 please enter via SOUTH DRIVE.
- You may be asked to queue on approach to the stadium. Please be patient and obey the instructions and advice from Police Scotland and stewards.
LAST 5 MEETINGS
D 15/09/2017 AWAY PREMIERSHIP 2-2 (Morelos, Dorrans)
W 07/05/2017 AWAY PREMIERSHIP 2-1 (Garner, McKay)
W 15/04/2017 HOME PREMIERSHIP 2-0 (Toral, Miller)
W 26/11/2016 AWAY PREMIERSHIP 2-1 (Dodoo x2)
W 01/10/2016 HOME PREMIERSHIP 2-0 (Halliday, Kranjcar)
Chris Erskine (5
Blair Spittal (5)
Kris Doolan (3)
Steven Lawless (3)
Alfredo Morelos (8)
Graham Dorrans (3)
James Tavernier (2)
Eduardo Herrera (1)
GERS MANAGER PREVIEW
GERS PLAYER PREVIEW
- Rangers will be without skipper Lee Wallace who picked up a groin injury in the last meeting between the sides on Friday night.
- Declan John was a doubt for the match after he confirmed he too picked up a knock in the game at Firhill on Friday, however Caixinha confirmed he will be with the squad for the match, as will Ryan Jack who came off worst in a tackle with Ryan Edwards.
- Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter will both miss the match due to knee injuries.
- Pedro Caixinha also confirmed at the press conference today that Kenny Miller will miss the game.
- Partick Thistle will be without their second goalscorer Chris Erskine after he was sent off for a tackle on Alfredo Morelos in the second half of the game on Friday.
- Prior to Friday’s draw, Rangers have won the last six clashes between the sides and have scored two goals in every one of the matches with three finishing 2-1 and three finishing 2-0 prior to the 2-2 game on Friday.
- Rangers gave scored twenty competitive goals this season already, with Alfredo Morelos leading the way as top scorer with eight strikes.
- The Light Blues have won the last six clashes between the sides in the League Cup, with the most recent match finishing 2-1 in 2008 thanks to an early Kris Boyd goal and an extra time strike from Pedro Mendes at Firhill.
- The last time that the Gers lost to Thistle in the League Cup was in 1957 and a 3-0 defeat in the group stage of the competition at Ibrox with Scot Symon in charge at Ibrox . The Gers won the group stage of the competition and would get through to the final of the competition that season only to fall at the final hurdle against Celtic.
- The biggest win in the League Cup against Partick Thistle came in 1968 when doubles from Alex Smith and Alex Feguson, plus one from Orjan Persson game the Gers a 5-1 win at Firhill with Davie White in charge in front of 28,000 fans.
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HOW TO WATCH
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Regular commentator Tom Miller will bring you full commentary throughout the 90 minutes with former Gers player Kevin Drinkell, who joins us on co-commentary for the first time.
Before the match, fans will be able to watch the best of the action from the previous round, a sensational 6-0 demolition of Dunfermline, check out a new exclusive interview with Pedro Caixinha previewing the game and check out the latest episode of Rangers Loyal, with actor Jordan Young.
At half time, Tom and Kevin will analyse the action from the first forty-five minutes before we take a trip down memory lane from a game on this day in Gers history.
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