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Black says sorry, Gers prepare for Queens - Rangers morning news

Also McCulloch praises Little's attitude.

Ian Black has apologised to Rangers fans over what he said was a silly bet and admitted he was lucky not to be sacked.

Black said he put on a £5 accumulator which needed to Rangers to draw against East Stirling and said he could name other players placing bets on Scottish games.

He also thanked the supporters for standing by him.

‘I need to apologise to the fans. As soon as it came out they backed me.

‘I’ve played a couple of games since and they’ve been great with me. I’m serving my punishment now and I just hope I can come back stronger.

‘You break the rules so you’ve got to be fortunate to keep your job.’

In transfer news, Rangers have offered a contract to former Hearts captain Marius Zaliukas. Zaliukas is currently a free agent and boss Ally McCoist is hopeful that he will agree terms.

He said: ‘He has now gone back home to contemplate it and to have a think. Hopefully we’ll hear from him soon.’

Captain Lee McCulloch has praised the attitude of striker Andy Little according to the Evening Times. McCulloch has said Little has been working hard and has dealt with the pressure of having to score very well, having scored in his last four outings.

McCulloch said: ‘Andy has been working away in the background and he’s got a great attitude so it’s good to see him on that run.

‘You could tell with his finish at the weekend how relaxed he was with his shooting and I’m delighted he got his goal.’

Rangers are in action against Queen of the South at in the Ramseden’s Cup hoping to book a place in the semi-finals.

Ally McCoist says revenge isn’t on the team’s mind as they travel to Palmerston Park after being knocked out by the same side at the same stage last season.

He told Rangers TV: ‘Of course, it would be nice to get into the next round and beat the team that beat us last year but it’s far more important to get through.

‘It’ll be a tough game. I know Queens were beaten at home by Raith at the weekend there but that said, they’ve done well in recent months.’

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