Rangers striker Sandaza: Third Division isn’t football, it’s war!

Rangers new boy Fran Sandaza has supplied his thoughts on the standard of play in Scotland’s Third Division.

Rangers new boy Fran Sandaza has supplied his thoughts on the standard of play in Scotland’s Third Division.

The Spanish striker joined ‘Gers from St Johnstone in early August and played his most minutes thus far in the weekend’s scoreless draw at Annan Athletic.

Sandaza admitted he was surprised at the level of physicality that he experienced at Galabank, likening the contest to being at war, and feels that Rangers need to better prepared if they want to win away from home.

“The Third Division is not football – at least not away from home. Away games are war,” said Sandaza.

“It’s much more physical, more hard tackles. I was on the pitch on Saturday thinking, ‘f****** hell!’.

“In away games it isn’t football the way it is at Ibrox or in SPL games.

“But we have to realise this is where we are right now, these are our present circumstances.
“Thinking about the future or the past is silly – we have to concentrate on where we are today and rise to that.

“Away from home, we have to change our minds and become more like the teams we are playing against.

“Away from Ibrox, much more of the play is about balls over the top.

“It is more like a war – at least it was on Saturday. We have to win these wars and we must do that.

“We are Rangers and we must win every game.”

 
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