FLASHBACK . . . Queen of the South will face Rangers at Palmerston Park tomorrow
Table-topping Rangers head for Palmerston Park tomorrow for a midday battle against the second top home team.
Despite a 100 per cent Championship League record, the Doonhamers go into the match on the back of a Scottish League Cup defeat.
James Fowler was disappointed by the 1-0 loss to fellow Championship side Morton in front of the Palmerston faithful, which came just a week after Livingston knocked them out of the Petrofac Training Cup.
And the manager has warned his squad that they will have to be at the top of their game if they are to pull off a win.
Fowler said: “Playing against Rangers we’ll have to be better, as they have started off really strongly in the league.
“We set standards earlier in the season and it’s important in every game that we get to them individually and collectively as well.
He added: “We’ve got a good record against the top clubs and everyone is looking forward to the match. Hopefully there should be a big crowd and we should have a lot of fans behind us.”
Looking back on the cup tie, Fowler said: “It’s hard to explain the defeat as we played so well on Saturday in the league to beat Dumbarton and then not so well on Tuesday night in the cup.
“It’s just one of those things. You look back and feel frustrated and look on it as a missed opportunity to progress to the next round, especially after last week.
“We were conscious of this and wanted to try and get through to the draw where the bigger teams come in.”
Now Fowler has to get his player back on track for the big game against Rangers which has a 12.30 pm kick-off.
He said: “It’s now time for the players to rest up and reflect on Tuesday night and see where they could have done better individually and collectively.
“Then we’ll look forward to the game on Sunday. The frustrating thing is that they have been so good in the league and the cups have been disappointing.”
Fowler added: “It’s just one of those things that’s difficult to explain. Sometimes, obviously, the focus is on the bigger picture, which is the league, but it would have been nice to go and get a cup run.”