JIM O’Brien is ready for a rapid return to first team football against Rangers after missing out through injury and suspension.
The popular midfielder sat out the weekend defeat at home to Dundee with a combination of a one-match ban plus a hamstring strain.
But he bounces back for the collision with Rangers at Ibrox following treatment and can hardly wait for the big match.
O’Brien said: “As players you want to play in these kind of games,
“The games with big crowds, where nobody is expecting us to win or gives us any chance, these really are the games where you like to surprise people.
“And, from our point of view, we have got to turn things around from last week against Dundee as well. That game was a bit out of character at the weekend.
“Rangers seem to have had a good week last week and a couple of good results against Aberdeen has shot them into second place, so it is a good game to go into.”
O’Brien added that Staggies could use their underdogs tag to good advantage.
He said: “You feel like an underdog in terms of when you see the crowd and stuff like that.
“You know it is a big club and obviously bigger than our club, but we have seen teams go there, especially this season, and get results so we know we can go and get a result.”
And O’Brien reckons they can take heart from their goal less draw at Hearts two weeks ago, adding: “I think the Hearts game showed that although we didn’t play particularly well, we defended really well.
“Hearts had a lot of the ball, but we kept them out and if you go with that mind set then you have got that as a foundation in your game and then why not get a result against Rangers?
“We have talented players here and we can go and get something.”
He also hoped that the Light Blues would lack a little cutting edge following two punishing back-to-back games with Aberdeen in the Premiership.
O’Brien said: “They have had a tough week with a lot of games, but they have good players who can hurt you.
“We don’t expect them to be tired because they will have had a week’s preparation for it , same as us, so I don’t see that being a factor.
“But hopefully they have a few niggles and I think they have a suspension as well, so it is little things that we hope can disrupt them.
“However, we will go there with our own game plan and put that into action and, towards the end of the week, the manager will be on that.
“If we are organised and show the sort of determination we did against Hearts not to let people get in and around the box and keep the shots at distance then why not go there and get something?”
O’Brien was still receiving treatment earlier this week for his hamstring strain, but was confident of a comeback.
He said of the injury: “It happened early on in the season at Motherwell away and then I got back for the Rangers game the following week, but it just wasn’t right.
“This suspension came at the right time. Also, to have a wee injury like that, a wee niggle, it wasn’t bad timing
“But I will be glad to be back and hopefull I will be fresh enough. Hopefully we have Andrew Davies back too.”