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    Thursday, November 05, 2015 6:29:37 PM

    Football is full of familiar phrases when we talk about games like ours coming up on Saturday. It's a top versus bottom clash. David versus Goliath. Rangers are heavy favourites to win the game and we are massive underdogs. All of that applies for this game. Where do you get inspiration to overcome such heavy odds? I am really inspired by the story of David and Goliath. This warrior Goliath was an eight foot giant with a massive reputation as a killing machine. He had killed thousands of men in battle over the years and his name was famous. Rangers are a giant of a club, with a reputation for slaughtering teams over the years on their way to winning league titles and cups. It is natural for teams to feel daunted at the thought of playing them. They have won almost every game this season under the strong leadership of Mark Warburton and David Weir.

    They are scoring goals for fun and keeping the back door shut. However, when David went out to fight Goliath, David was just a wee teenage boy, but he went out with no fear. His focus was completely on his own performance, looking for the opportunity to use his sling with deadly effect. He did that and killed Goliath with one shot from his sling. In football terms, he only had one shot at the target, but he scored with it and won the game 1-0. With the right attitude and application, the underdog can have his day. Interestingly, that young lad David went on to be a great soldier and military leader. In fact, he was undefeated in battle his whole life. It is important for us as a team to put together a run of positive results. A positive result away to Rangers would give us a huge boost of confidence. A boost that could quite possible propel us on a positive run. We know the size of the task before us. We played them already this season and they gave us a real going over and took five off us. We have played much better football as a team since then and I would say that we are a better team now. We do have to play to the best of our ability to take points off Rangers on Saturday, that's for sure and that's all we are focused on, bringing our best into the game for the 90 minutes. I read a book recently that was written by another undefeated warrior and military leader, around the time of David. The book is called The Art Of War and was written by the legendary Sun Tzu. Believe it or not, this book has been read and used by football managers to great effect. Carlos Parreira managed Brazil to the first World Cup for 24 years in 1994, using the 13 strategies in the book. Then Filipino Scolari actually got the Brazil squad of 2002 to read the book and understand the 13 strategies for victory. they won the World Cup again that year. Both David and Sun Tzu won their battles using a smaller army against armies that had greater resources than them. I am not going to give away the secrets from these strategies, but I have shared them with our players. These stories and strategies have certainly inspired me and I hope they have inspired the players. They are a great bunch of lads, who are working very hard to earn a record breaking fourth consecutive season in the second tier for our small club. We surprised a lot of people by staying up last year and we are looking to surprise even more people by staying up again. To do that, we have to earn more positive results than we have done so far this season. The performances have certainly improved as the season has progressed and I firmly believe the results will come now too. Every week we are playing teams with bigger resources. We are going into games week after week as underdogs. It requires a certain mentality and spirit to earn positive results in those circumstances, together with a huge amount of hard work. There is a long way to go this season and our target is to finish above our current position in the table. I believe we are capable of doing that.

    We are a club that is punching above its weight and its a great story. To achieve the right amount of positive results this season to keep us in this league for next season would be an outstanding achievement. That is what we are focused on and working towards. We need a team full of David's every Saturday to make the Goliaths fall.

    Danny Lennon



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