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Macleod ready to motor now engine is tuned up for Rangers battle

LEWIS MACLEOD is relieved he is over the health scare that brought his season to a premature halt last term.

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Chris Jack Group Sports Writer

Monday 18/08/2014

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Lewis Macleod wants to score between 10 and 15 goals this term

And now he is determined to hit the goal trail for Rangers, keep his place in the team and bring further success to Ibrox.

The midfielder missed the closing weeks of the League One campaign with a viral issue that caused problems with the muscles around his heart.

After spending several months out of action, Macleod has been an ever-present for Ally McCoist's side so far this season and scored in the 2-1 Petrofac Training Cup win first-round over Hibernian.

The visit of Clyde tonight gives the 20-year-old another chance to shine in Light Blue and Macleod is pleased to be back to full fitness for his biggest season to date.

"I think I'm back to normal now," he said. "It was a wee bit of a scare but I'm just glad to get over that hurdle now and get a couple of games under my belt. I'm just happy to be playing again and hopefully that continues.

"There was no reaction after the games. That was one thing I was maybe scared about - playing a couple of games and then going back to how I was. But so far, so good. Hopefully, it can stay like that.

"I was always tired in the pre-season games but that is part and parcel of what comes with it.

"It was in the back of my mind in the Hibs and Hearts matches but I got through them not too badly.

"Hopefully, I can just keep on going and not get that scare again.

"If I can keep well and fit, then I'd hope to get between 10 and 15 goals this season. I would be more than delighted with that.

"My first aim is just to keep playing. The more I play, the more I'll get chances to score."

After getting their Championship title challenge back on track with victory over Falkirk on Friday night, Rangers return to cup duty this evening when they welcome Clyde to Ibrox.

The second round tie will see former Gers stars Barry Ferguson and Bob Malcolm return to the club where they made their names after emerging through the Light Blue ranks.

Both are sure to receive a warm welcome from the Ibrox crowd as they look to mastermind a shock win for the Bully Wee.

And it will be a moment to savour for Macleod as the highly-rated midfielder looks to follow in Ferguson's illustrious footsteps.

Macleod sad: "Barry was definitely an inspiration to me. He was someone who came through the ranks at Rangers and had such a great career.

"Most of the guys my age who were playing for Rangers would have looked at Barry and wanted to emulate what he did for the club and how he played. He was a brilliant player.

"The all-round way Barry played and conducted himself on the pitch was the most impressive thing.

"He always played with his chest puffed out and was a standout player in the team, even with all the big stars that came in.

"He could take games by the scruff of the neck and conduct the way the team played. The majority of the time, they played well."

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If Lewis gets his head down, works hard, there is no reason why he wont surpass what Barry did as a player, he has the tools and the potential to be a future Rangers and Scotland captain.

I find him vastly overrated by our support.

He won't get near Fergusons level IMO and has only played lower league football too.

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If Lewis gets his head down, works hard, there is no reason why he wont surpass what Barry did as a player, he has the tools and the potential to be a future Rangers and Scotland captain.

I do rate Lewis but there's zero evidence to say he could surpass Ferguson a treble winning captain and was already bossing European games by this stage

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I do rate Lewis but there's zero evidence to say he could surpass Ferguson a treble winning captain and was already bossing European games by this stage

Also Barry Ferguson was our best player when we had the likes of Ronald De Boer in our team.

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Hand him the armband, play him in the middle and watch him develop into a top class player and captain.

Mon Ally just do it, take a risk it might just pay off for you. He's better in the middle than Law Black Hutton and Jig

If it doesn't work out at least the boys been giving the chance.

Surpassing Barry is a tall order mate, but he can achieve great things here if he works hard, is played in his strongest position and has other good players around him.

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Also Barry Ferguson was our best player when we had the likes of Ronald De Boer in our team.

exactly our squad back then was fantastic Barry had far greater competition for a cm slot than "Blackie" Jig or the invisible Law,worried Ally will ruin MacLeod though if he continues to play him out of position

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exactly our squad back then was fantastic Barry had far greater competition for a cm slot than "Blackie" Jig or the invisible Law,worried Ally will ruin MacLeod though if he continues to play him out of position

According to the clown on Friday he was playing him in the middle as part of a 'tight midfield three' :anguish:

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Lets give the kid a chance he didn't he was the new Ferguson, plus Ferguson played with top class players beside

him, towards what MacLeod has , leave him to build for a few seasons without blowing him into something he might

not be.

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If Lewis gets his head down, works hard, there is no reason why he wont surpass what Barry did as a player, he has the tools and the potential to be a future Rangers and Scotland captain.

He's got nowhere near the talent.

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lewis may never be as good as barry but would like to think the rest of the team match the lads attitude to get stuck in this season and fight in every game and relise that playing for rangers is a priviledge not a chore :sherlock:

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Unfortunately the Rangers engine is not in great condition and some of the parts have a high mileage, are a bit worn, are past their best and a few will definitely need replacing. The chief mechanic also seems unable to obtain good quality new parts.

The next MOT, due May next year, could be crucial in whether it will keep running or whether we need to scrap it and come up with a better engine.

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