RANGERS’ Head Coach Amy McDonald is adamant that focus will be key for her side as they prepare to face Spartans in the Scottish Building Society SWPL.

Speaking ahead of the match at Ainslie Park, McDonald admits Spartans have had the better start to the season but believes Rangers have the ability to take the match to their opponents.

She said:

“Obviously everyone was in mid-week action which means we have had to drop the intensity of training but keep focus and concentration high.

“Spartans have been more consistent this season and credit has to be given for Debbie McCulloch for this.

“We know it will be a difficult game but one which both teams will play openly and try get the three points.”

A theme McDonald has instilled in her team is togetherness and she knows that they need to stick to that as Rangers come off the back of some challenging results.

“They indeed need to stick with the togetherness but we need consistency in performance regardless of who starts and focus throughout the 90minutes. They never give up but we need 100% for 90 minutes.”

The team showcased their desire to not give in as they fought back from 3-0 down to get a draw against Motherwell in midweek but McDonald wants more against Spartans.

She said:  “We need to show what we are capable of and we know the players can show that. We need to get back to winning ways and also prevent goals defensively.

“The players relish the quick succession of games but it is difficult on their bodies. Every minute of preparation is key.

“We have them for 4% of their week. They need to do most of the work away from us.”

With a tough spell of games, McDonald is happy to have some key players back in contention for squad places.

She said: “Brogan Hay returns to full contact and will be gradually phased back in and obviously Sarah Robertson is back.

“Hannah Robertson isn’t far away now either from her ACL so competition for places is at an all time high.

“Caitlin O’Hara has picked up an injury which will see her out for a number of weeks.”

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