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11:57 4th January 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Redknapp keen to progress in ‘special competition’

R’S BOSS Harry Redknapp insists he will treat the FA Cup with the respect it deserves, as Rangers begin their journey in the competition with a third round tie against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Redknapp, of course, won the Cup at Portsmouth in 2008 and the Rangers gaffer believes a positive run in the competition will pay dividends as the R’s look to climb away from the bottom three in the Barclays Premier League.

Speaking exclusively to, the R’s manager said: “The FA Cup’s a great competition.

“I don’t see it as a distraction. It’s still a special competition.

"We want to do well in it and I'm sure the fans will feel the same and back us.

“We want to get a winning habit here and a win on Saturday will be two in a row, so we’re very keen to get a positive result.”

He added: “West Brom are a good, good side. Steve (Clarke) has done a top job there so far.

“I thought we deserved to get something from the game against them in the league on Boxing Day, so hopefully we can turn the tables on Saturday.”

Redknapp is expected to make a few changes for the visit of the Baggies, with DJ Campbell, Rob Hulse and Jay Bothroyd – who have all returned to the club from their respective loan spells – set to feature.

“It gives me a chance to have a look at a few lads,” said Redknapp.

“I’ll make a few changes and have a look at one or two who haven’t featured for me since I arrived.”

The R’s boss also provided an injury update ahead of the third round tie, adding: “Bobby Zamora is working hard to get fit. He’s still a little way away. He’s a big player for us.

“Luke (Young) is back training. He joined back in with the group for the first time since I’ve been here the other day.

“Junior Hoilett’s hamstring shouldn’t be too bad. He’s not available for the weekend though.”

With the transfer window open for business, Redknapp admitted he is hopeful of adding to his squad over the coming weeks.

“Hopefully that win (over Chelsea) helps us in the transfer market,” he said.

“Maybe people will look at it and want to be part of a challenge.

“I speak to Phil Beard every day regarding transfers. I’m sure we’ll sign one or two.”

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