AMY MCDONALD believes Rangers must stick to the plan to come away with the victory as they travel to play Stirling University in the SWPL today.

McDonald is well aware of the difficulties Stirling University pose with the Light Blues picking up only one point in their last four visits.

She explained: “I think Stirling have always been a difficult team to play against, they are well organised and disciplined defensively and they always try to catch you on the counter attack. It is something that we always have to be prepared for.

“We’ve explored a few different set ups in pre-season and we have to use previous knowledge of players and how to play against them as they do have some talented individuals in their squad.

“With the change in manager and it being this early in the season, it is difficult to find out as much as you can about the opposition, so we have to go in with a clear game plan and the intent to able to exploit the areas that be believe we can.

McDonald is looking forward to seeing how new signings Ellis Dalgliesh and Laura McCartney settle in to their first competitive match.

She said: “I’m really excited to see the players in action, this is what the training is for. As much as pre-season was shorter this year, it felt really long at times because our matches were sometimes few and far between and the hard work was done on the training pitch.

“Stirling have played against Motherwell now, so we need to do everything possible in training this week to prepare and play as best we can.

“This is now obviously going to be the first game of the season and the pressure remains the same that we have to come away from that with the three points.”

After the scheduled league opener against Glasgow City was postponed, McDonald paid tribute to former Glasgow City player, Kat Lindner.

She said: “I think it is such a significant loss to the girls and women’s game, we are completely and entirely in support of Glasgow City.

“Everyone is extremely sad. It has had a particular impact on those who played with Kat or knew her,

The players have been completely professional but it has definitely affected everyone in the game.”

Rangers travel to Ochilview Park on Sunday 17th February, kick off is 12pm. All fixture information for upcoming matches HERE.

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