O’Hara: ‘We can beat Rangers’

By Tom Mackinnon

DUNDEE star Mark O’Hara believes his side have enough to cause the Ibrox side problems on Friday night at Dens.

The ex-Kilmarnock midfielder believes the combination of an encouraging draw with his former club last weekend and Rangers 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Hamilton can give his side the confidence needed to beat the Gers.

“Hopefully that first clean sheet will be the first of many more to come.” Said the 21-year-old,

“It’s a massive lift for the whole team, it’s something we need to build on. I think we’ve lost a few cheap goals this year so going down to 10 men, the circumstances in the game, we were under a bit of pressure so we showed that bit of resilience that’s been lacking at times.”

“It’s games like that; Friday night, on the telly, that you want to be playing in. Hopefully it will be an important result for us and we want a win more than anything because we really need the points just now.

“I think there’s something exciting about a Friday night, I think the fans like a Friday night game. It’s always good when we can get a good crowd in and the fact it’s on TV, I think it gives us a chance to show what we can do. Obviously results haven’t gone our way but I feel we’ve put in some good performances and hopefully Friday will give us a chance to showcase ourselves.”

O’Hara also pointed towards Rangers result at the weekend as motivation: “I think we can take encouragement from the Hamilton result at the weekend.

“Last season we did well against them and there’s no reason why we can’t use this big game to really kick start our season.

“Obviously it shows that they’re not untouchable, I think we need to go into the game with confidence. The result at Ibrox shows they’re more than capable of being beaten. They’re a big team and we respect that but it’s massive for us to get the three points and we’re going to do everything we can to get that.”

The versatile midfielder scored the last time the two sides met at Dens, with the Dees winning 2-1: “To be honest I think that was one of the highlights of last year, I think everyone performed and it does breed confidence. There was great backing from the fans that day; the atmosphere was brilliant and we’re hoping to replicate the result on Friday for them. ”

Neil McCann’s Dundee are currently on a torrid run, with the point picked up against Kilmarnock at the weekend their first point gained in six games, with their last positive result coming in September, beating Hearts 2-1.

In comparison, Rangers come into the game in a slight case of disarray and still without a manager. The Glasgow side are yet to replace Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked on the 25th of October, with U/20s manager Graeme Murty taking temporary charge of the first team in the absence of a permanent boss.

 

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