Weatherston and Pressley look to Rangers game

Date: 20/08/12. STIRLING. University training ground. Pre-rangers press conference. David Weatherston.
Date: 20/08/12. STIRLING. University training ground. Pre-rangers press conference. David Weatherston.
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Falkirk need to start winning, and David Weatherston says there’s no better time to do that than tonight against Rangers.

The holders welcome the biggest team still in the Ramsdens Cup to The Falkirk Stadium tonight in what is the stand-out tie of the second round.

The Bairns are unbeaten in the tournament for more than two years now, and fit-again winger Weatherston says winning against the Ibrox club will give this season’s team a much needed boost, just as it did last term in the Communities League Cup.

“We beat Rangers and Dundee United last season and that gave us confidence. That in turn makes life easier, and when you believe you can win you tend to go out and win.

“It is the same as last year and we need that bit of luck and hopefully we can pull it off. We need to start winning and it’s as good a chance now as any.

“We’re a young team - I’m 25 and third oldest here, but theres no reason why we can’t beat them - they’re not as good as they were, but they’ll be more up for it than last year because we beat them then and because they went down the divisions and they’ll be desparate to win any cup they can.

“But we want to keep the trophy and defend the trophy.”

The Bairns will do that without Darren DOds who is a major doubt ahead of tonight’s game. Dean Shiels limped out of Rangers’ 5-1 win over East Stirlingshire on Saturday and is also unlikely to feature for the visitors.

Shiels is one of several new faces in the visitors’ squad, and Weatherston and boss Pressley reached a consensus on the task ahead.

“They’ve lost a lot of good players of Premeirship quality but they have signed top SPL players - they’re not going to be weak, it will be tough and they will be favourites,” added the 25-year-old.

Pressley agreed: “They’re still Third Division club in status but every other way it is an SPL club - but that doesn’t mean we can’t win. Far from it.

“They’re a team like us, trying to find their feet and it’s taken time for Alistair to put together his squad.

“The reality is the one Rangers player will likely earn more than my entire squad - but then that was reality last season when we played them and beat them and in the end we produced an incredible performance and result.

“I’m still excited by our players but I dont think we’ve hit the heights we can. We can do better and it’s my responsibility to improve us and get us working in a more cohesive manner.

“Winning the trophy was a great experience for the players and the management last season and we take pride in that and want to retain the trophy. We don’t want to exit the competition at this stage.”