Friday 18th September 2015
SONS are the latest team to try to halt Rangers progress in the Ladbrokes Championship this weekend, with the Ibrox club unbeaten in all six previous league matches.
Despite the seemingly enormous task ahead of him and his squad, Dumbarton boss Stevie Aitken is really looking forward to pitting his wits against Mark Warburton.
Following a lively training session on Thursday night, the manager commented: “Every game is important to us and we look forward to each Saturday, no matter the opposition.
“There is of course a wee bit of spice tomorrow as we’ll have a full-house and will be facing the league leaders, who have a very good team.
“But, as ever, we’ve prepared well and there’s a spring in the step of the players as we always try to keep things upbeat. It’ll be a good experience.”
Since the appointment of Mark Warburton and David Weir as the Ibrox management team, Rangers’ league form has been very impressive indeed.
All six league games have ended in victory and sponsors Ladbrokes awarded Warburton their August 2015 SPFL Championship manager of the month.
Last time the teams met, Rangers eased to a comfortable 3-1 victory against Ian Murray’s Sons in April, with Dumbarton giving the Ibrox team an early fright via Mark Wilson’s opening goal. A Ryan Hardie double added to a Haris Vuckic strike cancelled out any hopes of a Sons win.
This weekend’s game is officially a sell-out.
Four Dumbarton players will miss the game. Scott Taggart, Stevie Ross, Steven Craig and Jamie Lindsay. Taggart’s injury could see him sidelined for up to six weeks as he has torn a stomach muscle.
But with no suspensions, and the four injury victims apart, manager Stevie Aitken has a (more or less) full squad to choose from.
We have a packed Chivas Suite and Community Suite for tomorrow’s game with 250 guests enjoying our renowned pre-match lunch, provided by Chris Watson and his team at Watsons Hospitality. Cameron House are our match sponsor with LC Roofing as match ball sponsor.
Alan Findlay & Simon Barrow