Dunfermline Athletic players may or may not be ‘spooked’ by the atmosphere at Ibrox during a Premier Sports Cup round of 16 match with Rangers, according to manager Peter Grant.

The East End Park boss is preparing his team – who play in the Scottish Championship – for a daunting test at Ibrox against the Premiership champions. Rangers have lost their last three games and exited the Champions League this week, but a large home crowd with capacity attendances allowed will be a different experience for Dunfermline.

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Grant takes his team to face Rangers at Ibrox. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’ll be the biggest crowd most of Grant’s squad have ever played in front of but he insists his players must try to and enjoy what comes to them at Ibrox tonight: “We are going to go there and try to be positive – but it’s easy saying that. I don’t know how the players will react and we won’t know until we get there.

“I have some boys here that had never played in front of a crowd until two weeks ago as it’s all been behind closed doors. You don’t realise that as a manager. I’ve not been able to scout some of these players with supporters there. I am hoping my players handle the environment because I know that if they do that, they can play.

“We want to sit at the top table. We have a fantastic support and we want to get to the Premiership so we can play these types of games every week. Hopefully the players embrace it and get on the front foot. Will they get spooked? I don’t know, but that’s the beauty of the game.”

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