Albion boss Ward has football focus against Rangers

JAMES WARD insists his focus is on the football - and not the finance - at Albion Rovers.

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Ward reckons side will make a fist of Ibrox cup tie
Ward reckons side will make a fist of Ibrox cup tie

The Coatbridge club continued their fairytale run with victory over Stehnousemuir in the William Hill Scottish Cup to land a last-eight berth against Rangers.

Rovers were the last ball out of the hat when the draw for the quarter-finals was made on Sunday afternoon and they will now head to Ibrox next month for a tie that will net them a significant six-figure sum.

The prospect of income from live television coverage and a bumper Light Blues crowd is a dream come true for the League Two side.

But boss Ward is happy to leave the spinning pound signs to the Cliftonhill board as he plots a way to upset the odds once again.

He said: "There are two ways of looking at it.

"Financially, it is a fantastic lift for the club in terms of what we can generate in terms of income.

"But I look at it more from the football side of things and my priority, after the run that we have been on, is that I want to get us in the best shape to try and get something from the game.

"I leave the financial side of things to the chairman and the board. From our point of view, it is going to do a lot of things to put the club on a better footing.

"If that has a knock-on impact financially for me in terms of allowing me to bring in a better quality of player then hopefully that is something we can benefit from next season."

The Scottish Cup clash will be the second time Albion will face Ally McCoist's side this season after they kicked off their campaign with a 4-0 Ramsdens Cup defeat to the Gers in July.

The fourth-tier promotion hopefuls have already written their name in the history books after shocking Premiership side Motherwell earlier in the competition.

And boss Ward insists his side will head to Ibrox in a positive frame of mind as their dream cup campaign continues.

He said: "It is a massive task. We played them on the first day of the season in the cup as well when we weren't quite settled as a side at that point.

"I feel now, defensively, we are a bit more organised and disciplined. We will make a much better game of it this time.

"It is about frame of mind. What we are trying to get through to them is that everything is possible.

"There was no expectancy before the Motherwell game and then a bit more expectancy on Saturday. Everything is possible."

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