Scottish Premier League: Rangers V. Dunfermline Preview

Alex GuyCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2012

Winger Sone Aulko will play a major role in Rangers' attack
Winger Sone Aulko will play a major role in Rangers' attackStu Forster/Getty Images

Down four points to Celtic, Glasgow Rangers surely need a significant win against last-place Dunfermilne if they hope to keep pace with their surging rival.

The importance of this match has not been lost on the Rangers' players.

Former Light Blues winger, Sone Aluko, knows the team needs a victory on Saturday, but does not want his team to overlook last-place Dunfermline. 

Teams will take us on and their fans will forgive them for getting a draw against Rangers but the pressure for us is to win every match, the Nigerian and former Aberdeen player said.

Aluko also expressed his team's desire to keep Celtic within reach. Now we'll make sure we stay close behind Celtic so they slip up, we'll be ready to pounce. (via Rangers TV Lite).

Meanwhile, Rangers appear to have added a player who will make their attack more potent. As Celtic move closer to a championship, Rangers' manager Ally McCoist has actively courted players to boost a beleaguered attack.

The stop-gap solution seems to be 35-year-old Gabon international Daniel Cousin, who is expected to announce his return to Ibrox this afternoon. Although Cousin will most likely not participate in the Dunfermline match, the move reveals a potentially desperate attitude as McCoist and Co. watched their rivals dominate Hearts offensively on Wednesday night.

This weekend's match is an opportunity for Rangers to demonstrate their desire and ability to catch Celtic for the SPL title.

For Dunfermline, the match holds far less practical importance.

In last place in the SPL, Jim McIntyre's side earned a well-deserved point on Tuesday with a draw against Kilmarnock. McIntyre hopes his team can continue to improve on little things and the Rangers fixture provides the perfect setting. 

After Tuesday's fixture, McIntyre remained positive despite his team's last place standing. "We can certainly play better, but their spirit and tenacity was fantastic and I'm delighted with that" (via BBC).

Dunfermline will certainly need that spirit if they hope to contain a Rangers side with a lot to prove on Saturday.