THANKS to the special frost protection equipment used by Cowdenbeath this week the big William Hill Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Rangers is set to go ahead tonight (Wednesday).

The tent structure utilised by the Blues has been needed with temperatures falling to -5 over the past couple of days but the teams can feel confident that the match will go ahead live on TV tonight.

So Cowden, fresh from a very hard game against Clyde on Saturday, now have to take on a team which is likely to feature players like Alfredo Morelos, Jermain Defoe and Steven Davies, but Cowden boss Gary Bollan wants his men to respond to the challenge by showing confidence and giving Rangers a very difficult game at Central Park.

He was bitterly disappointed to lose the league match with Clyde which saw the Blues slip to nine points behind fourth top Annan Athletic.

The manager said: “Clyde are a very useful side and we had to work very hard to stay with them but we defended well and did have chances to get the goal which could have earned us something from the game.

“But to be honest we did not play as well had done in previous games and it was a match of few real chances.

“Now it is on to the Cup tie and we will have to work even harder in this one. Obviously Rangers are a Premier team who are bristling with very talented players, but that is not to say that we cannot go out and give a really good account of ourselves.

“If we do that we can pose them more than a few problems on our tight pitch.”

Cowdenbeath will have a full squad available for the game and the manager will have some tough choices to make for the tie which will be beamed live by Premier Sport.

He may want to bring back skipper David Marsh into the heart of the defence which could let him go for a five man rearguard which would mean one of his normal three man attack force dropping out.

Our he may opt to stick with four at the rear and David Cox possibly withdrawn to a wide right role with Robbie Buchanan in a wide left area. It is a big night for the Blue Brazil.