Published: 05/12/2012 10:20 - Updated: 05/12/2012 10:24

Elgin aiming to leapfrog Rangers

ELGIN City are aiming to hit back at cup conquerors Rangers by leaping above them to the top of Division 3 tonight (Wednesday).

Elgin City's David Niven beats Annan Athletic's Jamie Dunbar to the ball on Saturday.
David Niven is an injury doubt for Elgin.

Victory at Peterhead will take City above Ally McCoist’s men to the summit of the table, and soften the blow of losing 3-0 at Ibrox on Sunday.

Elgin manager Ross Jack is confident his players will have recovered from their tough weekend match to be ready for the next challenge at Balmoor Stadium.

"We’ve taken some pats on the back for our performance at Ibrox but it’s all for nothing if we can’t take our league form into Wednesday night," Ross said.

"A few minutes after the end of Sunday’s game and our debrief, our attention turned to Peterhead because it’s an absolutely gigantic game for us."

Jack admitted some of his squad are carrying knocks and strains from Sunday, but he will delay his team selection to give key players a chance to prove their fitness.

Mark Nicolson (ankle and achilles) and Ross O’Donoghue (back) both came off early at Ibrox as a precaution for Wednesday, while David Niven is recovering from a knee knock. Paul McMullan, Paul Harkins and Dennis Wyness are all ready to step in if required.

"We need to make sure we’re at our best against Peterhead. The players know how to regenerate and recover after games, and although they are young lads they’ve been well educated in that department.

"Maybe we’ll not be as fresh as we would like to be. Ideally you would like seven days to recover before a big game like this, but we’ve got boys ready to come in if need be."

City beat Peterhead 2-0 at Borough Briggs earlier in the season, thanks to a brace of Daniel Moore penalties.

But the Blue Toon are unbeaten at home in the league this term, and would go just two points behind Elgin if they beat them tonight.

Log on to Northern Scot Sport tonight for a report on the match.

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