GRAEME DORRANS believes the win over Kilmarnock has given the Rangers squad a lift ahead of tomorrow’s trip to take on Aberdeen.
With the Dons drawing 0-0 on Saturday with Hibernian, a win for Gers in the Granite City will lift them to second place in the table.
If selected, it will be the first time he has played at Pittodrie, but he has had a taste of what to expect through previous visits there as a supporter.
He explained: “I’m looking forward to it. I went up there the last time to watch and the atmosphere was great, and I’d been up a couple of times before that.
“They are always good games, and it was important for us to get the win on Saturday to go up there with a bit of confidence.
“Hopefully we can go up and get a victory. What happened in the week before the Kilmarnock game maybe wasn’t great, but hopefully winning that game gives us a little bit of a lift.
“We know we have the ability and we are capable of going up there and getting a win, so hopefully we can do that on Tuesday.”
As well as the win over Kilmarnock, adding to the feel-good factor around the club was the announcement of Steven Gerrard as the club’s new manager for next season.
Dorrans continued: “When a name like that comes in to the club, people sit up and take notice. They knew the next three games, or two now, were massive for us.
“Hopefully we can win the next couple of games to cement second place and give us a platform to go into Europe next season.
“It’s important for us to go and get second place. Listen, second place isn’t really good enough for this football club, but the situation we find ourselves in, we need to try and go and get that for the fans and for everybody involved.”
Dorrans played the second half of the Kilmarnock match in a more advanced midfield role following the withdrawal of Jason Cummings at the interval through illness.
And, if asked to fill the position again, he is happy to do so.
He added: “It’s nice, but I’ll play anywhere for this club. I always wanted to come here so I’ll do whatever I’m asked here. I enjoyed that second half after Jason took ill.
“It was important we dug in as it was frustrating at times. Thankfully Batesy popped up to get us the winner in the end.”