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THE old place won’t have changed much in the years since Gary McAllister last heard the whistle blow whilst the engines revved outside. The requirements and characteristics of what it takes to win at Central Park remain the same, though.

A trip to Cowdenbeath is about as far from life in the Premier League as Jermain Defoe and Steven Davis could get as they prepare to make their Rangers debuts on Friday night. Even for those that haven’t come from such salubrious surroundings, it will be a shock to the system.

It is about attitude as much as talent, application as much as ability, for Steven Gerrard’s side as they kick-off their Scottish Cup campaign against the Blue Brazil.

If Rangers go all the way and have their day in the sun at Hampden, the January night where the journey began will matter little. Nobody in Light Blue is thinking that far ahead, however.

Defoe and Davis joined up with the Gers squad for the first time at their training base in Costa Adeje last week. Now, Central Park awaits.

“As far as stock cars go, Cowdenbeath is one of the best in the world! It’s been a while since I played there to be fair, but I was there as a teenager with Motherwell,” McAllister, the Rangers assistant manager, said.

“I can just remember the stock cars. It will certainly be different for Jermain and I don’t think he’ll have played in anything quite like it.

“I remember as manager

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