Rangers travel to Easter Road knowing only a victory will keep their hopes of a second-place finish alive
To be played on Sunday 22nd March 2015 at 12:45. Venue: Easter Road, Glasgow.
Odds: Hibernian 21/20 Draw 5/2, Rangers 21/10
Rangers go into this season-defining game against Hibernian knowing that only a win will do in their challenge for second place.
A victory at Easter Road would draw Rangers to within three points of Hibernian with a game in hand, but a draw or loss would make the task of finishing second very difficult indeed.
The Gers were held to another draw in their midweek fixture with Alloa, after coming from behind, and are now struggling to achieve their goal of finishing second.
These teams met just over a month ago at Ibrox, with Alan Stubbs' men running out convincing 2-0 winners to add to their previous 4-0 hammering of the Light Blues.
Rangers only have one win in their last seven league games while their Edinburgh rivals haven’t lost in their previous 13 Scottish Championship matches, winning five in a row and only conceding once in their last five games in all competitions.
If the Light Blues are to start next season in the Scottish Premiership, then they need to beat Hibernian at some stage this season. While the Easter Road outfit seem to be holding the Indian sign over them, a win, or even a confident draw, could boost the confidence of Stuart McCall’s players.
There are no fresh injury concerns for Stubbs' side, and he may opt for the same 11 that beat Cowdenbeath 2-0 in their last outing as they look to extend their 15-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
McCall is still without Richard Foster, who has had a hernia operation that will keep him out for four to six weeks, while Seb Faure (knee) and Steven Smith (back) add to the list of injured defenders that will miss out.
Haris Vuckic does return for the Light Blues after missing the midweek encounter with Alloa and remains the only one of the on-loan Newcastle players to feature for Rangers since joining in the winter window.
Predicted Hibernian line-up
Oxley; Gray, Watson, Fontaine, Stevenson; Robertson, Allan, McGeouch, Fyvie; Cummings, Djedje
Predicted Rangers line-up
Bell, McGregor, Zaliukas, McCulloch, Wallace, Law, Murdock, Walsh, Templeton, Clark, Boyd