Aird out to scale SPFL summit after Rangers' cup slip

FRASER Aird today vowed to help Rangers bury the memory of their flop against Albion Rovers - by landing the SPFL League One trophy.

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Fraser Aird has sights set on League One trophy
Fraser Aird has sights set on League One trophy

Aird and his Gers team-mates survived a massive scare against the Coatbridge part-timers in the William Hill Scottish Cup yesterday.

They trailed their bottom tier opponents by a goal in the quarter-final clash at Ibrox until deep into the second half when Bilel Mohsni bagged an equaliser.

The teams will replay at New Douglas Park a week tomorrow for the chance to take on Dundee United in the semi-final, but Aird reckons he can help his side get over the disappointment against Airdrie at Ibrox on Wednesday night.

If Ally McCoist's team beat Gary Bollan's side in the league match they will be uncatchable at the top of the table and the winger said: "It is a massive game against Airdrie on Wednesday night so we can't dwell on the game against Albion Rovers.

"It was a disappointing result, but, at the end of the day, we are still involved in the cup and we have another massive game to play away from home.

"Hopefully, we can win that one and get ourselves into the semi-finals of the cup where we play against Dundee United at Ibrox.

"But our focus now is on the game against Airdrie. We came back into training today and are concentrating fully on our next game. Hopefully we can win the league."

However, the teenager knows that Rangers will have to perform far better than they did against Rovers in order to overcome Airdrie in midweek.

But the Scotland Under-19 starlet is confident they can produce a much-improved performance and give their supporters something to shout about.

He said: "We know we will have to do better against Airdrie than we did against Albion Rovers. But the boys are more than capable of doing that.

"The ball just wasn't falling for us against Albion Rovers. It was disappointing, but, fortunately, we got there in the end when Bilel scored.

"We have scored in every game this season and if we keep doing that I think we will be all right and will win our games.

"It would be nice to put on a good performance for the fans against Airdrie and give them something to shout about and win the league on a high note."

Aird admitted it had been difficult getting an equaliser against Albion Rovers as he felt the Cliftonhill club had "parked the bus".

And he confessed the Rangers fans getting on the players' backs as the game wore on had been difficult to deal with as well.

He said: "It can be hard when the team you are playing against sits back and defends and parks the bus to protect their lead. But we got there in the end.

"Our supporters were making their feelings known, as they are entitled to do, but you have to learn to cope with that when you are a player at a club like Rangers."

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