Times Talker: Does it matter to stay unbeaten?

YES says MATTHEW LINDSAY:

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Calum Gallagher was on the bench for Rangers in their 4-0 win over Stenhousemuir
Calum Gallagher was on the bench for Rangers in their 4-0 win over Stenhousemuir

COMPLETING their SPFL League One programme undefeated will not make amends for the cup defeats Rangers have suffered this month.

The pain of the William Hill Scottish Cup exit to Dundee United and, in particular, the Ramsdens Cup final defeat to Raith Rovers will take time to subside.

Nevertheless, going through the entire 2013/14 league campaign without losing a game is, no matter what the circumstances, a fine achievement.

Yes, Rangers are a full-time club and have a budget for players' wages that their part-time opponents in the third tier can only dream about.

But few teams in football have managed to complete their league fixtures without suffering a defeat and the Gers players should be proud if they do.

Ally McCoist's charges play Ayr at Ibrox tomorrow, Stranraer at home on Saturday - after which they will be presented with the League One trophy - and Dunfermline away on Saturday week.

They should endeavour to win every one of them and create a piece of history.

NO says JOHN McGILL:

THE SPFL League One title was sewn up by Rangers weeks ago and the matches they have played in the third tier since then have, for me, been irrelevant.

Going through an entire domestic campaign without losing or drawing a game and so completing a fabled "Perfect Season" would have been a great achievement.

But going unbeaten? Sorry, but I can just not get excited by that prospect.

Gers manager Ally McCoist should have used the remaining fixtures of the league season to blood the promising youngsters who are coming through at Auchenhowie.

Yes, he has brought in Calum Gallagher. And at the weekend Charlie Telfer was handed his debut. But few others from the youth ranks have featured.

Would it not have been advisable to give the experienced players who have been used in so many competitive outings a much-needed break?

Would it not have been a good idea to give some kids some experience of senior football by starting them in these games?

They could, like Fraser Aird and Lewis Macleod, have made the step up with aplomb.

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