Dec 2 2010 By Yann Tear
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NEIL WARNOCK has told Rangers fans: 'Don't bother travelling up to Hull.'
Rangers face a potentially difficult trek up to Yorkshire tomorrow. The team are due to travel north around 2pm tomorrow (Friday) but will wait for the result of an inspection at the KC Stadium.
The undersoil heating makes it likely that the pitch itself will be fine, but if surrounding areas as under too much snow, local authorities could step in to call off the game.
Either way, the Rangers boss says safety is more important than watching his table toppers.
“I hope our fans are a little wary of travelling to Hull and we won't be disappointed if there's not that many there,” Warnock said.
“I think their safety's more important than watching us.
“I would ask them all to go and listen on the radio if I'm honest.
“I think in this case they've got to use their heads and not their hearts really this weekend.
“Unless you have to travel, I wouldn't travel anywhere up there. It's horrendous at the minute.”
If the game does go ahead, the line-up is likely to be unchanged from the side that started the home game against Cardiff City last weekend.
There are no injury worries so we should again see a front four of Mackie, Taarabt, Smith and Hulse.
The blanket of snow at Harlington has not prevented the squad from training this week – albeit for shorter sessions and with a few snowball fights breaking out.
“It's been enjoyable really. Something different. You just have to muck in really and we needed quite a bit of rest anyhow.”
Warnock insists there is no complacency in spite of the unbeaten record – which is one away from equalling the all-time best of 20 set twice in 1967 and 1972 – and the victory over Cardiff last week which took the Hoops five points clear at the summit.
“I don't think any of the players will be thinking the job is done after last week's win,” Warnock said.
“I think all the fans will be thinking that, and the directors. They all think we should be in the Champions League anyhow.
“But we've all played in the Championship long enough to know that if we lost five on the trot in December, it would be a shock to everybody, but it's quite possible.
“We've got all the play-off contenders to play and Leeds away as well as Norwich, Swansea and Coventry. They are all hard games. If we are still top come the FA Cup in January, I'll be absolutely delighted.”