Rankine ready to shine
On-loan Bournemouth striker Michael Rankine is hoping to make an impact during his time at Dean Court.
By Tom Harverson
Last Updated: 10/10/08 3:33pm
On-loan Bournemouth striker Michael Rankine admits that after a frustrating start to the season he is now 'in the shop window' and ready to prove what he is capable of.
The 23-year-old joined the Cherries on a month-long deal this week after struggling to break into the Rushden & Diamonds first team.
But Rankine, who netted 14 times for Rushden last season but has started just once this term, hopes that his brief stint with Bournemouth can open the floodgates and bring him regular football.
He told skysports.com: "I enjoyed my first day at Bournemouth. The manager is fantastic and very professional and the lads made me feel very welcome.
"I have been kept out of the team at Rushden due to the huge competition for places so I have been keen to go on loan in order to get some games under my belt.
"Hopefully I will now get that at Bournemouth which will let me get my head down and show everyone what I can do as a player.
"The loan is only a month and I am not sure what will happen after that but the most important thing is that now I am in the shop window."
And despite just a day of training with the Cherries, Rankine believes the players have the grit and determination to prevent the club from slipping out of the Football League.
He added: "The players are all very positive about the position the club are in, they have managed to get up to minus eight points already.
"Their attitude is great, they are all very confident and from what I have seen I have no doubt that the club can avoid relegation this season."