Peter Houston has acknowledged that Rangers have assembled the most formidable strike force in the SPFL Championship, albeit the Falkirk manager has dismissed any suggestion that he will worry about facing them this season.
The first legs of play-off encounters can so often be meek affairs, bereft of clear-cut chances and pre-ordained to end in stalemate as both sides desperately attempt to avoid being out of the tie at the half-way point.
IT is exactly half a century since Queen of the South last graced the Scottish top flight but the Dumfries side's hopes of returning there this summer burn brighter than ever after a stunning late goal from Bob McHugh permitted them a precious, if precarious, advantage in this SPFL Premiership play-off quarter-final.
Gary Holt, the Falkirk manager, has not given up hope of winning the SPFL Championship title this season and will urge his side to go for the jugular in their final league match, at home to Alloa Athletic on Saturday.
Officially a visitor but very much a familiar face around these parts, David McCracken could smell the blood of old foes as he pondered the consequences of the latest damaging blow he and his team-mates had inflicted on the SPFL Championship favourites at Dens park on Saturday.
It rather undermined his manager's bid to portray him as a footballing innocent, but the shrewdness of Rory Loy's post-match analysis at Falkirk Stadium on Saturday spoke of the intelligence that appears to lie behind the new Championship leaders' rise to the top of the table.