Don’t expect the Gers to be so naive this season


East Fife travel to the Ibrox bear pit on Saturday with boss Willie Aitchison saying the Gers are a vastly different side from last season.

Throughout their run to last year’s Division Three title, Rangers were criticised for both their style of play and the amount of points they dropped.

However, the Methil boss says the Ibrox side’s impressive league results already this season show that the men from the west have clearly learned from last season’s campaign.

Aitchison said: “We’ve got our information on Rangers and I’m sure we’ll have a pile more on TV and DVD.

“It’s a different game plan.

“Every team that has gone there has went with the intention of holding out to see what they can get or hold out and see if Rangers get a bit unsteady and try to capitalise.

“A few teams worked like that last season and it worked very well because Rangers were naive to the standard of the league.

“But I don’t think Rangers are getting caught like that this season.”

The Methil men got their first win of the season on Saturday against Arbroath with new addition, former Scotland left back Gary Naysmith, amongst the starting XI

“I knew Gary would use his head in games like that,” said the boss.

“I was talking to him during the game to make sure he was talking to the boys in there .

“The boys made it hard but credit to Arbroath.”

The manager added that he still expects more to come from striker Cedric Tuta.

“Cedric needs to learn,” said Aitchison.

“It’s a different type of football here.

“We know how to manipulate situations with referees and I don’t think he’s learned that yet.”

Alexis Dutot will return from injury for the trip to Ibrox with Craig Johnstone also expected to recover.