Rangers v Hibernian preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:52

Rangers v Hibernian preview

The 37-year-old has missed the last two games after suffering a knock during training but has been put through his paces this week.
However, Seb Faure, Kevin Mbabu, Gael Bigirimana and Shane Ferguson remain on the absent list.
Faure and Ferguson have knee injuries, Mbabu is not fit enough while Bigirimana is suffering from an infection.
The winner of the two-legged tie will face two more matches against Motherwell, to determine who plays in the Scottish Premiership next season, and who faces life in the Scottish Championship.
And Rangers manager Stuart McCall believes the home fans will play a huge part in the opening leg in Glasgow: “Hibs will be saying, as Queen of the South were saying last week, ‘go to Ibrox, keep the crowd quiet, score the first goal and the crowd will turn on them’.
“I have said all along, it is a difficult place to play when expectations are high.
“I don’t want the players to freeze, or be frightened to make a pass or be anxious. When the fans use that tension to sing and cheer, the difference in the players is incredible.”
Meanwhile, Hibernian coach Alan Stubbs says his players are ready to return to competitive action following a couple of blank weeks, during which time the squad headed to La Manga in Spain for a spell of warm weather training.
Stubbs said: “They are ready. We trained really well. We trained in a really good temperature where it was tough, and if anything we had to ease off some days just because they wanted to do more and more.
“There’s a hunger amongst them. They are ready for the game, it has recharged their batteries and re-energised them. They are chomping at the bit.”
As for playing Rangers at Ibrox, he added: “It’s not about fearing the pressure, you have to thrive on it. There’s every chance there will be a full house at Ibrox. You don’t go there and fear it, you go there and be brave, and get on the ball.
“We obviously want to go there and try to win the game, there is no doubt about that.
“Ideally, we want to come away from Ibrox with a win but if it’s a draw or a narrow defeat, the tie will still be wide open when we come here on Saturday.”

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