A CRACKING derby atmosphere and a chance to topple the league leaders – there couldn’t be a better incentive for Elgin City to continue their good start to the season this weekend, writes Chris Saunderson.
Peterhead and their Irn Bru manager of the month for August Jim McInally are the visitors to Borough Briggs on Saturday.
The stage is set for an entertaining and enthralling 90 minutes of action.
The Blue Toon have really started to show their potential this season and gave Rangers an uncomfortable welcome to division three when they held them 2-2 at Balmoor last month.
McInally’s men have rattled off three straight wins since then – without conceding a goal – and replaced City as leaders last weekend.
However, Elgin have also started the season in positive fashion and, re-energised by an international break, are raring to get going again.
A 5-1 scoreline at Ibrox two weeks ago overshadowed a good performance by Ross Jack’s men.
And he says the way his players handled the occasion in front of a 46,000 crowd can only boost their confidence.
"We didn’t deserve to lose 5-1. For a while we shook the football world by trying to pull off something impossible," said Jack.
"Our overall performance was very encouraging and the players weren’t over-awed by the situation one little bit. Jamie Duff will feed off that goal he scored for years."
Jack is hoping a bumper crowd will come out to cheer on the players against Peterhead, particularly as the club launches a voucher scheme which will give fans attending the next five home league games the best chance of securing tickets for the first of two Rangers games at Borough Briggs this season on November 25.
"Hopefully we can get some new faces through the turnstiles, people who have never been before and put on a show to keep them here.
"We certainly try to play the kind of football that will encourage people to come back again," declared Jack.
Read the full interview with Ross Jack only in 'The Northern Scot'.