Match preview and predicted line-ups: Rangers v Cowdenbeath

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Rangers will look to pile the pressure on second-placed Hibernian with their first back-to-back wins since January.

Stuart McCall will be aiming for his second win as Rangers manager when Cowdenbeath visit Ibrox in the Scottish Championship.

Rangers ended their run of five straight draws last weekend when they beat Hibernian at Easter Road, taking them to within three points of their Edinburgh-based rivals with a game in hand.

Another win is imperative for McCall’s side in order to keep the pressure on second-placed Hibs, with a difficult encounter against league winners Hearts following Saturday’s game against relegation-threatened Cowdenbeath.

The Gers last played the Blue Brazil at the beginning of March, drawing 0-0 while the side was still under the stewardship of Kenny McDowall. But the team seems to have found a new lease of life in the shape of McCall’s 3-5-2 formation, which he is likely to deploy again on Saturday afternoon.

Jimmy Nicholl’s outfit lost to Falkirk at Central Park on Tuesday night and missed the opportunity to move out of the relegation zone above Alloa, who now have a game in hand on Cowdenbeath.

The Blue Brazil will be expecting a much tougher task than what they faced earlier this month and will have to record their second ever away victory against Rangers if they want three points, with the last win coming in the Scottish League Cup in September 1949.

In more recent times, the Gers won 1-0 back in December when Dean Shiels scored the only goal of the game in the second-half.

Cowdenbeath have only scored once in their last six games and shouldn’t cause McCall’s back three many issues, while the game offers the Gers strikers a chance to rediscover some much needed goal scoring form against a side who have conceded 71 goals this season.

Tom Walsh could return for Rangers after missing the win over Hibs with a slight hamstring strain, but McCall is able to pick the same side that started against Hibs with no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game.

The Fife-based side will be without Kenny Adamson, who was sent off late in the game against Falkirk, with Robbie Buchanan a likely candidate to replace the suspended player, as Nicholl’s side look to end their run of three straight losses.

Predicted Rangers line-up

Bell, Mohsni, McCulloch, Zaliukas, McGregor, Wallace, Law, Murdoch, Clark, Miller, Shiels

Predicted Cowdenbeath line-up

Thompson, Buchanan, O’Brien, Armstrong, Toshney, Wedderburn, Robertson, Marshall, Hughes, Nish, Higgins

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