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Ross County interim manager Don Cowie believes Staggies are capable of beating Rangers – ‘Records are there to be broken’

By Andrew Henderson

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Ross County interim manager Don Cowie says his players will give everything to record a first ever victory over Rangers and boost their chances of Premiership survival.

The Staggies have played Rangers 24 times in the club’s history, but have only earned four draws against the Glasgow giants.

Three of those came in the same campaign – 2016/17 – while the most recent saw Matthew Wright score a stoppage time equaliser in January 2022.

A first win over title-chasing Rangers would go a long way to boosting County’s chances of playing top-flight football once again next season, keeping them within reach of St Johnstone going into the split.

Don Cowie believes Ross County are capable of securing a first ever win over Rangers. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Don Cowie believes Ross County are capable of securing a first ever win over Rangers. Picture: Ken Macpherson

Cowie, then, is ruling nothing out as the Premiership is set to see more twists and turns at both ends of the table before the final whistle is blown on the campaign.

“Records are there to be broken,” he reasoned.

“We hadn’t beaten Hearts for a long time, and that was well-documented before the game.

“We’ve shown that we can change that, and we’ll be doing everything we can to change that this Sunday.

“We are trying as hard as we can because we want teams like Rangers and Celtic to be coming here next year.

“We want to be a part of this league. We’ve worked ever so hard over a number of years to maintain our status in the Premiership, and that’s no different this year.

“We’ll give it everything we can to make that happen.”

One thing that could work in the club’s favour is that the tie will be played in Dingwall, where the Staggies have a strong record under Cowie.

Home victories over Livingston and Hearts have been supplemented by draws against St Mirren and Hibernian to see Cowie claim eight points out of 12 at the Global Energy Stadium.

While the interim manager knows the club’s fortune on the road will have to chance to stay up, he feels something good is building in the Highlands.

“It’s one of those things, you try and look at each game and I see the performance levels we’ve put in at away games as being really good,” Cowie added.

“I thought Aberdeen two weeks ago was our best away performance, and we came away with nothing.

“It’s hard to pinpoint the reason. We’ve played worse and won games this season, so it’s just a case of trying to learn from those experiences.

“At home, I just feel that the fans have really bought into what we’re trying to do.

“They’re seeing a group of players who are giving everything for their club, and the players seem to be feeling really comfortable at home and performing against some really good teams and getting points out of it.

“My job is to try and find the formula away from home to add to that home form.”

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