ELGIN City’s firepower is a cause for concern for Rangers’ boss Ally McCoist ahead of Sunday’s Scottish Cup tie between the clubs.
McCoist says his team will need to be at their best at Ibrox on Sunday to defeat an Elgin side he rates highly.
The ‘Gers beat City 5-1 in a Division 3 match at Ibrox in September, but their manager is expecting a closer encounter this weekend.
"They’ve been doing really well and I still think that Elgin are one of the better sides we have played this year even although the result at Ibrox would indicate otherwise," he said.
"We won 5-1 but they took an early lead and played fairly well in that game."
McCoist told RangersTV he expects a City team which has matched his own club’s goal tally in the league this term to cause his defence problems.
And he paid respect to Elgin manager Ross Jack for the way he had taken the Moray side into a challenging position this season.
"I’ve got a lot of time for their manager, Ross is a good lad and I also think his team scores goals.
"They certainly do have players in their team that can score goals and they do attack.
"I think (Jack’s) team have certainly in recent weeks shown that they are a handful for anyone in the division.
"And indeed with the way they are scoring goals they are playing with a lot of confidence."
McCoist also commented on the ticketing blunder which caused last weekend’s league match between the clubs in Elgin to be postponed.
"You look at the way the teams were positioned before the game and it gave us an opportunity, if we had won, to put a gap between ourselves and second and third place.
"We would have had to worked hard but we felt we were capable of doing that.
"We now have to look ahead to the home game in the cup and against the same opposition.
"As I said the weekend was a disappointment but we are over it and looking forward to the next challenge."See Northern Scot print version for the latest Elgin City news.