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Williams: no danger for Rangers

PUBLISHED: 14:24 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 14:53 24 August 2010

Tommy Williams (right) challenges Tamas Priskin

Tommy Williams (right) challenges Tamas Priskin

By Ben Kosky FORMER QPR defender Tommy Williams is convinced his old club have too much quality to be sucked into a relegation battle. Williams, who played four games on loan for Rangers at the end of 2009, is now back with rock-bottom Peterborough after

By Ben Kosky

FORMER QPR defender Tommy Williams is convinced his old club have too much quality to be sucked into a relegation battle.

Williams, who played four games on loan for Rangers at the end of 2009, is now back with rock-bottom Peterborough after failing to secure a permanent move to Loftus Road.

But, while the 29-year-old defender is more concerned with his own team's uphill struggle against the drop from the Championship, he is confident the Rs - despite their drift towards lower mid-table - will stay out of trouble.

Speaking after his side had inflicted a third straight defeat on nine-man Rangers on Saturday, Williams told the Times: "I really can't see it happening to QPR - I think it's three out of five down there.

"With two or three results that can change completely, but I think QPR have got plenty to avoid going anywhere near the relegation zone. There's undoubted ability in the squad - I saw it every day not so long ago.

"The lads there were great to me, even on Saturday, and I really hope they turn it around sooner rather than later. There are some great players at QPR but, at the moment, they're not playing well as a team.

"It's a little bit of a transitional period for them and I think there could be quite a big overhaul at the end of the season, which is a shame because it's a club that I like and want to do well."

Williams had hoped to become a permanent member of the Rangers squad after joining the club on loan for the third time in his career, but the ongoing off-field issues at Loftus Road scuppered that possibility.

The untidy exit of manager Jim Magilton did little to aid the left-back's cause and, after playing in what turned out to be the Rs' only victory under new boss Paul Hart, against Bristol City, he was then recalled by Peterborough.

"It wasn't a shut door in my face," Williams stressed. "There was a decision made that QPR weren't going to sign any players long-term or permanently until the summer.

"They said 'thanks very much' and made the situation clear, which was good of them. I knew they needed to bring some strikers in on loan, which is what they've now done.

"After that I had a couple of other loan options, which I chose not to take. At the moment my main aim is giving 100 per cent for Peterborough United and trying to get us out of the relegation zone.


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