DESPITE eventually recording a comprehensive 5-1 victory when the two sides met last time, David Weir expects a tough test when Rangers face Queen of the South this Saturday.

The assistant manager has been highly impressed with the work of James Fowler at Palmerston, and he recognises the threats within his hardworking outfit.

Speaking to, he said: “They had a lot of change in the summer, and it think it takes time for a new team to settle in.

“They’re doing that now, and last time they caused us a real problem down at Palmerston, although they had a man sent off which changed the game.

“The result flattered us and it maybe wasn’t a fair reflection on the game.

So we won’t be taking them lightly as they’re a tough team to beat, and they have some good players who can hurt us, so we need to be really focussed to get a result.”

Last time out against Falkirk, Rangers faced arguably their most difficult test of the season where only two tremendous strikes in the final 10 minutes sealed a hard-fought 3-1 win.

And, once again, Weir warned that Rangers can’t secure victories by playing pretty football every week.

He added: “We would all rather win playing open, attacking football, but within the season there are going to be times where it’s going to be difficult and where we’ll have to find another way to get a result.

“I thought the players did that well – James scored a great free-kick, as he has done on a number of occasions this season, and that really helped us.

“Sometimes one of the individuals in the team have to pull out something to get us over the line, and that was the case in the last game.

“Falkirk deserve a lot of credit – they worked really hard and we had to wear them down.”

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