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    Darren Young looks ahead 

    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 7:10:03 PM

    Alloa Captain Darren Young is ready to go ahead of the biggest game of the season so far when Alloa Athletic take on Third Division leaders Rangers this weekend at Ibrox. The 33-year-old is keen to help his Alloa side emulate his brother, who beat Rangers in the Ramsdens Cup earlier this season, when he leads his troops into battle at Ibrox. Young said, “My brother reminded me the other day that he has already won at Ibrox this season so obviously I am looking forward to it and we will try to emulate what Queen of the South did if we can and hopefully get ourselves through. We have a few experienced players like myself and Stephen Simmons who have been there before and played at a higher level but everyone will muck in and help each other out then hopefully the young boys just enjoy the day and it doesn’t pass them by. The QoS result is something we can look to but we are just looking to our own form, we are having a good season ourselves. Hopefully with the 5-1 win last week we can take that on and go in there with confidence. Rangers are still a massive team despite their problems. They are still one of the biggest clubs in Europe so we do not think it will be easy, we know its going to be a hard game and if we don’t give it 110% then we will struggle.”
    The experience midfielder has plenty of experience playing against both halves of the old firm and he has even a victory of the Gers in the Scottish Cup to boast of but Young knows that this time around it will be a difficult task against a different Rangers.
    Young added, “I have beaten Rangers in the Scottish Cup before with Dunfermline but that was at East End Park. The best I ever did at Ibrox was a draw. I have never been on the end of any bad defeats at Ibrox either but then I did lose 8-1 to Celtic at Parkhead so I know what that’s like. I can’t see the boys freezing though, obviously the success of last season for us, we have managed to carry on into this year so we will go there to try and express ourselves. We have a lot of young boys who can maybe make a name for themselves so it is a chance for them to shine and I am sure they will.”
    “It is a big game for the manager as well. He will be looking to improve his cup record because he hasn’t won a game yet!! We have had a few penalty defeats and then lost to Queen of the South this year and Morton last year so he will be looking for his first win as a manager in the cup as well. Rangers are top of the Third Division so they are where everyone expected them to be so nothing has changed there. We have just been concentrating on ourselves. The park will definitely suit us, the gaffer has us playing with the ball on the deck and knock it about so this will be another opportunity for us but then when you factor in the massive crowd that will be something new for a lot of the boys. Lets not forget it is Rangers we are playing, they are still a good team we can’t doubt them but hopefully with it being such a massive game for us the players can go and stand up to it.”

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