AMY McDonald believes all the pressure is on her side as Rangers face Partick Thistle in the first round of the League Cup on Sunday.

The Rangers Head Coach believes the pace of the Thistle team will cause her side problems and that their opponents will be out to prove something.

McDonald explained:

“In a cup game you have to be aware the mentality is very different. We are in the league above Partick Thistle, they will be wanting to go out and prove a point.”

Last weekend, the Gers came from behind to run out 4-1 winners away at Stirling University. Hannah Coakley, Laura McCartney, Carla Boyce and Holly Napier were all on the scoresheet.

Rangers fell behind early on last week and went in level at the break. However, three second half goals gave the team a comfortable win in the end with McDonald impressed by the finishes and delighted to have four different goal scorers.

But McDonald believes her side must start better against Partick: “We didn’t feel we started well against Stirling last week.” She continued.

“We know we have got the added pressure of it being a cup tie. We have done analysis of Partick, looking at where we can improve from the game at the weekend. There were some great finishes on display.”

McDonald believes that she has a strong squad of players to choose from ahead of this weekend’s game and says that her players must fight hard for their place in the team.

She said: “It’s really shown there is a lot of competition for places and everyone is going to have to push harder to keep their place in the squad.

“We have to be competitive in every area of the pitch to be able to get in the starting 11, that’s something that will be key going into this weekend.”

Rangers travel to Petershill Park to face Partick Thistle on Sunday 24th February in the League Cup, kick-off is at 12.00

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