Duo return to give Rangers a boost

Rangers are boosted by the return of Pedro Mendes and Kyle Lafferty for their Scottish Premier League game against Hearts at Ibrox on Saturday.

Last Updated: 22/01/10 at 15:31

Lafferty: Expected to lead the line

Lafferty: Expected to lead the line

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Mendes will be named on the bench for the first time since sustaining a knee injury back in October, while Lafferty should also be involved after recovering from flu.

However, the Northern Ireland international will be the only recognised first-team striker available to manager Walter Smith.

Kris Boyd is recovering from a hernia operation and Kenny Miller is out with a hamstring injury, while Steven Naismith (hamstring) and Nacho Novo (ankle) will not return until next week.

DaMarcus Beasley (thigh) is also out this weekend and fellow American Maurice Edu (ankle) is a doubt, while Madjid Bougherra remains on international duty with Algeria at the African Nations Cup.

Gers (from): McGregor, Whittaker, Papac, Weir, Broadfoot, Fleck, Wilson, Davis, Thomson, Edu, Lafferty, Smith, Loy, Little, Ness, Mendes, Alexander, McCulloch.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Scottish Football Fixtures

Saturday, 20 December 2014
15:00
Aberdeen v Kilmarnock  
Partick v Dundee
Ross Co v Hamilton  
St J'stone v Inverness
St Mirren v Motherwell  
Sunday, 21 December 2014
12:15
Dundee U v Celtic  
Saturday, 27 December 2014
15:00
Celtic v Ross Co  
Dundee v St Mirren  
Kilmarnock v Hamilton  
Motherwell v Partick  

Footer 365

Premier League: Manuel Pellegrini confident James Milner will sign new deal at Manchester City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident James Milner will soon sign a new contract with the club.

Burnley: 'We're still underdogs' says manager Sean Dyche

Sean Dyche says Burnley will remain underdogs for most of their games but will at least "be taken more seriously".

Louis van Gaal: I'll ignore Sir Alex Ferguson and chase perfection at Manchester United

Louis van Gaal will continue to demand more from Manchester United despite Sir Alex Ferguson telling him: 'It's results that count'.

Mail Box

More Players In The Wrong Bloody Shirt

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks 'heart-breakingly well-suited to a Real Madrid shirt' according to one United fan. Plus, words from the good doctor and plenty more...

Players Plainly Wearing The Wrong Strip...

There are some players who just look plain daft in whatever shirt they're wearing. Like Cesc and Robin. It's a cracking mailbox with a load of different themes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property