Peterhead midfielder Kevin Dzierzawski reckons he will never get used to playing at Ibrox, but has vowed not to succumb to nerves in this evening’s Betfred Cup clash against Rangers.
In a rerun of last season’s Petrofac Training Cup final, which Mark Warburton’s side won 4-0, Jim McInally’s League One outfit travel to Govan for tonight’s second round tie.
It will be American playmaker Dzierzawski’s third trip to Ibrox following defeats on league duty with Queen of the South and the Blue Toon, but the 25-year-old doubts playing at the 51,000 capacity arena is something he will ever become accustomed to.
Dzierzawski, who was part of the Peterhead side that lost Saturday’s opening league match 4-0 to Alloa, said: “It will be a great atmosphere and the club and the fans will relish going to Ibrox and playing against Rangers. It will be a tough game but it’s never a bad thing playing a team like Rangers.
“You still have to go and be confident and not let the occasion get the best of you.
“When I was at Queen of the South I played them at Ibrox. I’ve had my fair share of encounters against them.
“Going to Ibrox is great but I don’t think it’s something that you can get used to, it’s a fantastic experience every time you go there.
“The first time was great but I’ve been back once or twice since then. You just have to relish the experience and appreciate being able to play in such a great stadium against a team of their magnitude.”
Dzierzawski would love to lock horns with new Rangers recruits Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar in midfielder but reckons the pair could be rested.
He added: “It will be interesting to see what side they put out, they have a deep squad and have the luxury to change players for certain matches.
“It would be great to go up against some of the new players like Joey Barton and Niko Kranjcar but regardless of who it is, Rangers are a great side and you respect the players that are on the other side of the field.
“Rangers are a big team and they’re maybe even a better team than the one we faced in the Petrofac Training Cup.”