There are always risks going into a game against a smaller opponent. Giant killings are commonplace in European football, particularly in Britain, and so Rangers need to be well prepared heading into their tie against Cowdenbeath.
The Scottish League Two team are only a semi-professional team, but stranger things than them knocking us out of the cup have happened before, and so we need to be ready.
Fortunately, Steven Gerrard has said exactly what fans will be eager to hear ahead of the game – he’s not taking this game lightly.
As per the official Rangers website, he said: “For us, we focus on our game-plan and we have been preparing for Cowdenbeath as if it is going to be a tough cup tie, so first and foremost in these situations, you show your opposition manager and players respect”.
Whilst Gerrard was never going to come out and say that it’s going to be an easy game, it’s great to hear that he’s preparing the team as if it’s going to be difficult, as it certainly will.
Cowdenbeath will be desperate to play well against us, and so we need to be well aware. They’ll be putting in as much effort as possible, and we need to be ready for that.
On our day, we’ll beat them comfortably, but there’s always the chance that things could go very wrong. A win is exactly what we need as head out of the break.