Rankine sets target

11 February 2010 03:13
York City striker Michael Rankine scored his seventh goal of the season at Kettering and is targeting reaching double figures before the end of the season. Rankine's best return currently stands at fourteen two years ago when playing for Rushden & Diamonds, while his weekend strike at Rockingham Road finally ended a personal run of twelve games without a goal. “I have never been prolific – ever. I just like to chip away and work as hard as I can and, hopefully, then you get rewarded with goals," he told The Press.“My benchmark is ten for the end of the season and anything more than that will be a bonus.” Rankine was replaced during the second-half at Kettering after incurring the wrath of both the referee and home fans.“I thought he was going to give me a second yellow but some of their players went down a bit softly for me to be honest," continued the 25-year-old.“I thought the booking was soft as well but referees have to do their jobs. It’s just one of those things and that can be the way.“Sometimes, you go down and it’s not a free-kick but, then, they give one when it happens the other way round.”Rankine firmly believes that an automatic promotion place is now a very realistic prospect for the Minstermen.“We don’t want to run before we can walk but we have a great squad and every chance of going up. Promotion is up for grabs because we are flying," he added.“We just have to keep winning, doing our jobs and not worrying about what the other teams are doing. Then fate will take care of things.”