Rangers star Daly fears plastic pain

JON DALY fears Rangers' record run could end on Stenhousemuir's plastic pitch on Saturday.

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Ally McCoist's side are going for 21st consecutive win
Ally McCoist's side are going for 21st consecutive win

The striker and his Gers team-mates have struggled to get to grips with artificial playing surfaces during the 2013/14 campaign. They survived a serious scare the last time they played at Ochilview in the semi-final of the Ramsdens Cup back in October.

Ally McCoist's team needed a late goal from Daly in order to progress to the final of that competition.

The Irishman, who has netted 18 goals this term, is concerned about returning to the venue on Saturday night due to the underfoot conditions.

He said: "The new generation (artificial) pitches are not so bad once they have got a bit of water on them. Doing that makes them a bit slicker.

"But the pitch at Ochilview is one of the old types of pitches and that is not ideal.

"We are obviously going to have to be fully focused in order not to slip up.

"When we went through and played them in the Ramsdens Cup earlier this season, it was a very difficult game.

"We managed to nick it 1-0. We are expecting a similar sort of game this weekend. It is going to be tough."

But Daly is determined to help Rangers stretch their post-war record for consecutive wins in competitive matches to 21 games.

He said: "It is up to us to go through there, cope with the conditions underfoot, get more goals than we did last time, win the game and keep our run going.

"We have some very awkward away fixtures coming up at difficult venues and this is most definitely one of them.

"You have to give credit to these teams. They give their all when you are playing against them. They don't make it easy for you.

"The pitch obviously doesn't help the situation. We are going to have to concentrate 100% and make sure that we don't use the pitch as an excuse.

"Once the game starts we will try and pass the ball, make chances, score goals and win the game."

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