Shiels: Rangers are up for the cup

Dean Shiels has targeted an extended run in the Scottish Communities League Cup as Rangers seek to make amends for their Ramsdens Cup exit.

The Light Blues were dumped out on penalties by Queen of the South at Ibrox last week and now face their biggest test of the campaign so far when Clydesdale Bank Premier League leaders Motherwell come calling on Wednesday.

The third-round tie marks Rangers' first meeting with top-flight opposition since the newco were voted into the Scottish Football League in the summer. And midfielder Shiels said: "We want to keep winning games and this is a cup we want to do well in. To do that, we will need to progress on Wednesday."

Shiels added: "It's going to be very tough. They are a very good side. They finished strongly last year and they've had a great start to the season this year so we expect it to be very tough."

Rangers head into the tie bolstered by a 4-1 win over Montrose in the Irn-Bru Third Division on Sunday.

Shiels' opener was cancelled out by an own goal by Anestis Argyriou, but first senior goals from Lewis Macleod and Robbie Crawford, as well as a 10th strike of the season from Lee McCulloch, allowed Gers to move to within a point of leaders Queen's Park.

Shiels said: "It was a lot better in the second half. We moved the ball a lot quicker and we pressed them a lot higher and we got the benefits of that.

"We scored the first goal in this game and we have been conceding the first goal a lot in games so we were quite happy we started off by getting an early goal. Conceding again was disappointing but we came back and won comfortably in the end."

As well as the defeat to Queen of the South, Rangers have also yet to secure their first win away from home in the Third Division, but Shiels stressed the new-look team needs more time to gel together.

He said: "We are basically a lot of individuals who have been brought together and it's going to take time for us to understand each other's games and strengths and to bring everything together. It takes time to build team spirit and a collective. Each game and each training session that goes past, we will look to build on that."