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Brora Rangers captain can’t wait to face Rangers

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Brora Rangers captain Steven Mackay can’t wait for tomorrow’s glamour friendly against Rangers.

A big crowd is expected at Dudgeon Park for Brora’s glamour game.

Mackay said: “It is great to get a match like this so early in our pre-season build-up.

“Doing the training is fine but there is nothing better than getting a game and getting your match-fitness up. It is fantastic that our first match is against Rangers.

“We are really looking forward to what will obviously be a huge test for us but we are ready for it, even although they beat is 2-0 at Dudgeon Park last season.

“Playing Rangers last term, and to hold them to 0-0 at half-time, I think gave us the confidence to go on and win the Highland League for the first time in Brora’s history.

“We kicked on after the Rangers game.”

The 33-year-old former Ross County, Forres Mechanics, Peterhead and Elgin City midfielder, who scored 40 goals last season, added: “I think there will be a big crowd on Sunday, most of them in blue, of course, but I would also expect to see our supporters turn out in numbers.

“The game on Thursday night between Buckie Thistle and Rangers attracted a crowd of more than 2,000, so there should be a great atmosphere at Dudgeon Park.”

Rangers are expected to give a runout to former Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas, who is on trial with the Ibrox club. Kris Boyd is also in the Light Blues squad but he may not be risked as he is recovering from an ankle injury.

Rangers manager Ally McCoist has been told he has money left in his player budget as he looks to tie up a deal for Zaliukas.

The former Hearts centre back is on trial with Rangers, while McCoist has also declared an interest in Scotland international midfielder Don Cowie, who is set to leave Cardiff.

McCoist admitted he was “really keen” to sign the Lithuanian.

McCoist said: “Marius has come up after being released by Leeds United and trained with us and we are going to have a chat.

“We’ll have a look at the budget. I think there’s still a few quid knocking about in that budget and that will be put to the test in the next week or so.”

McCoist, who has added Darren McGregor, Kenny Miller and Boyd to his squad ahead of their Scottish Championship title bid, added: “It’s our job to strengthen as much as we can.

“We have still got a bit in the budget and we want to do that because it’s vitally important that the team get back to the top flight.”

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