Stenhousemuir v Rangers preview: Corrigan demands improvements from players

Stenhousemuir slipped to defeat against East Fife last weekend and Martyn Corrigan is demanding improvements
Stenhousemuir slipped to defeat against East Fife last weekend and Martyn Corrigan is demanding improvements

Martyn Corrigan is expecting a big improvement in performance from his players when Rangers come calling to Ochilview for Saturday evening’s televised league match.

The Warriors slipped to a 1-0 defeat against League One strugglers East Fife last week in a game that ‘Muir boss believes was a “one-off”.

“The players have done well this season, and they know themselves that they should have done better last week,” he said.

“We had five players out, but I still felt we had enough quality on the park to get a result.”

Taple-toppers Rangers will provide a much sterner test than the Methil side this weekend, with Ally McCoist’s side still enjoying a 100 per cent league record.

Some bookies have Stenny at 20-1 to record a home win, but Corrigan says that his side have no problem with being the underdog.

“We learned a lot from the first time we played Rangers this season, and the second time we could have got a result. The bookies had us favourites to go down, so we’ve already proved them wrong on that.”

Eddie Malone returns to the squad but Sean Higgins is still out.

Meanwhile, crocked Warriors defender Scot Buist’s hopes of a return to playing still hang in the balance.

The centre-half visited his physio on Tuesday morning to finally ditch his crutches ahead of one final operation next year.

“The third operation will not take place until closer to the end of the season but it cannot come quick enough,”

“If it takes a year it takes a year. In the meantime I am going to keep enjoying seeing the boys play. Next Christmas I want to be preparing for a comeback in a Championship game for Stenhousemuir.”