Dundee V Rangers at Dens Park Stadium : Match Preview

12 August 2016
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Dundee target Rangers revenge

Dundee goalkeeper Scott Bain is determined to prove a point when his side come up against Ranger in the Scottish Premiership.

Mark Warburton's side beat Dundee 4-0 in the Scottish Cup at Ibrox earlier in the campaign, and have been weakened by the loss of Greg Stewart to Birmingham.

However Bain is hoping for an improved performance this time around.

"Everyone here will want to put right what happened last time we played them at Ibrox," he said.

"Everyone knows we need to do better. I think we are better prepared for it as well. The last time we played Celtic a few days before it, which wasn't great. We need to put it right.

"The hype and pressure on us was unwarranted because it's the team with the second-highest budget in Scotland. I don't think there is pressure on us. It's going to be difficult but we are capable of getting a result."

Despite the loss of Stewart, who scored 32 goals in just over two seasons at Dens Park, Bain is confident the side can pull together.

He said: "We showed last week up at Ross County, if he doesn't play we can still dig in and get a good performance and result.

"We maybe have to graft and grind for each other a bit more, but we have players with quality as well. It's just a case of standing up and being counted and taking responsibility and taking the chance."

Rangers boss Warburton's injury headaches are starting to clear as he prepares for the trip, with Lee Wallace and Danny Wilson both passed fit.

Martyn Waghorn's hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared while Josh Windass (hamstring) and Matt Crooks (ankle) have resumed light training, although none of the injured will be available to face Paul Hartley's side.

After an underwhelming start to the top-flight last week, wideman Michael O'Halloran is confident the side can cope with a step up in standard.

The 25-year-old said: "The Premiership is a good standard. I think it's a step up and there are some really good players and good teams out there.

"Obviously I can try and pass on my knowledge to a few of the boys but the manager knows as well how tough it is going to be and he drills that into us every day and lets us know.

"This is definitely not a league to be underestimated. Everyone is well aware of how tough it's going to be this season.

"We didn't get the result we wanted against Hamilton but we kick on again for this week and we are looking forward to the trip to Dundee."

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