MONTROSE FC are more than ready for their home game against Rangers on Saturday, writes Sarah McLean.
Manager Stuart Garden and his team are hoping to keep their unbeaten run of eight in a row going, and are confident they can do a job against top of the table Rangers.
Despite hopes that the away game to East Stirlingshire would be one of the few to survive a frozen pitch postponement, Montrose found themselves with a free afternoon on Saturday.
The gaffer said: “Obviously we never got to play on Saturday with the game being called off. We tried to get someplace to train for the afternoon, but everywhere in Dundee was booked up.
“We really wanted to play, especially with the run we have been having and the way we have been playing, but these things happen.
“It’s a big game for the club and the town, so it will be a good day, we are all really looking forward to it.
“All the team are looking forward to it, I know they won’t be fazed by a bigger crowd after their performance at Ibrox.
“It’s always a good wee incentive to play well having a big home crowd. It’s great that we have sold so many tickets and people want to come and see us play at this time of year.”
Garden will have an almost full complement of players, with just Paul Lunan still out injured.
Garry Wood, who scored the sole Montrose goal at Ibrox in September, said: “It was good to score at Ibrox and play in front of so many fans, so I’m looking forward to that at Links Park on Saturday.
“It will be mostly Montrose fans there, and they will be behind us the whole time, so it will be good to see Links Park so full.
“We’ve been having a good run recently, so we want to keep that going, and I think we have a good chance of that against Rangers this weekend.”
Midfielder David Gray is also ready to welcome Rangers to Links Park: “I’m looking forward to it. When the season started, the Rangers games were the ones everyone was looking forward to, home and away, because we’ve not had games that big in the Third Division before.
“It’s always difficult for teams going to Ibrox, even though I think we held our own when we were there earlier this season, but they have struggled away.
“As a team, we have been playing well, we’ve had a run of about six games unbeaten so that’s been a big run for any Third Division team.
“We’ve played two more games than Rangers and there are other teams with games in hand so it will be interesting to see what happens when it evens out.”
Top goalscorer so far this season, Leighton McIntosh added: “It was a great experince in front of that many fans. We played really well in the first half, and I think we could have got more than one goal, but obviously their class started to show through.”
Saturday will see the biggest crowd at Links Park since the mid-1970s, including a television audience for the first time.
If you are attending the game, don’t forget to pick up a special edition full colour match day programme for £3.