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Kenny Black: Teams need to fear Ibrox again

Rangers' assistant manager wants Ibrox to turn into a fortress, starting on Saturday against Cowdenbeath.

Rangers assistant manager, Kenny Black, has told the official club website that the fear factor has to be brought back for teams vising Ibrox.

The Gers have only won half of their home games this season, winning seven, losing three and drawing four, whilst they have won more times away from home, albeit one extra victory.

The Light Blues haven’t recorded a victory on home soil since January 3rd when goals from Jon Daly, Lee Wallace and Dean Shiels were enough to see off Dumbarton at the start of 2015.

Five home games in all competitions have passed since then and Black thinks that a poor run of games at home has given visiting teams confidence they never used to have when they pitched up in Glasgow. With Saturday's home game against Cowdenbeath followed by matches against Hearts and then Raith Rovers two weeks later, the Light Blues need to rediscover their Ibrox form.

“One thing that we have to be prepared for is that teams always get a lift when they come to play at Ibrox,” he told the clubs official website.

“That's been well proven with the difficulties that we've had on a few occasions this season and in previous seasons.

“Usually when teams come to Ibrox they know they are going to be on the back foot and not have a go at you, but that's not what teams are like coming here now as they can sense if there's a little bit of a lack of confidence and will want to take advantage of that if they can."

Rangers put in a much-improved performance in the 2-0 win against Hibernian and the importance of replicating that against Cowdenbeath can’t be underestimated with the opportunity to build momentum being very important going into such a pressured time in the season.

A second win at Ibrox this year can be a statement of intent for the Light Blues and finally give the Ibrox crowd something to cheer for come the full-time whistle on Saturday afternoon after three successive home draws.

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