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Show No Fear
Published : 01 Jan 2013 02:22:38
You can't let things haunt you when you play a team again
The last time Rangers visited Annan, when the two sides fought out a goalless draw at Galabank on 15 September, David Templeton had to be stretchered off with ankle ligament damage. Templeton was out until early December with the club partly blamed on their hosts' third generation pitch. However, Rangers manager Ally McCoist does not expect Templeton to be overly worried about playing Annan Athletic away again. The Ibrox club have since played on Montrose's artificial turf and McCoist expects the former Hearts man to be only focused on playing. McCoist said: "David's head is absolutely fine. He might have a little bit of something going on in his head but I would hope not. He changes his boots, he wore different boots in the game at Montrose, which he seemed a lot more comfortable in. It won't alter my plans. I speak to the medical boys and listen to them but I think David is big enough, old enough and been around the block enough to know its just one of those things and he needs to get back and play." Rangers seem to have come to terms with playing away from home in the Third Division and have since scored 10 goals in two games, since that draw in September, on similar surfaces at Ochilview and Links Park. McCoist said: "I would expect to get the exact same as we got the last time at Annan. The welcome we got was fantastic but it stopped as soon as that first whistle was blown by the referee. We lost Templeton early which was a real blow for us. We didn't play well while I thought Annan played particularly well. That said, we have handled the surfaces at East Stirling and Montrose better than we did then so we are hopefully getting used to the surfaces as well." Rangers recorded their 1-0 10th successive win on Saturday with a win over Queen's Park at Hampden, putting them 15 points clear of Elgin at the top of the table. And McCoist believes his side are now better prepared for what awaits them in Scottish football's bottom tier. He said: "I think the best way we could put it is, hopefully there are no surprises now. Not that there should have been on the first occasion it has to be said. But perhaps we have to cut the players a little bit of slack in the respect that everything was relatively new to them the opposition, the places we were going. You would hope second time around we would all know what to expect and be ready for it and, indeed, match it. Annan will be a tough game. The opposition will be well up for it. It's a New Year fixture and their players will fancy their chances."