Rangers travel to Dumfries needing at least a draw to move back into second place in the Scottish Championship.
Game to be played on Thursday 9th April 2015 at 19:45. Venue: Palmerston Park, Dumfries.
Odds: Queen of the South 14/5, draw 13/5, Rangers 10/11
Rangers travel to Palmerston Park knowing that a draw will be enough to take them back into second place.
Hibs won their match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Wednesday night, meaning that a win for Stuart McCall’s side would re-establish a three-point lead on their Edinburgh based rivals.
The Light Blues have hit their stride under McCall, winning their last three games in a row, including convincing victories against league champions Hearts and their main rivals for second place Hibernian.
The teams have faced off three times this campaign, winning one each and drawing the latest of the three fixtures. James Fowler’s outfit put an early end to their two game losing run when they beat Hibs 1-0 last weekend.
Before this season's defeat away to Queen of the South, Rangers had won on their previous five visits to Palmerston Park, dating back to May 9, 1976, but Thursday night's game will be another tough test against a side who have demonstrated strong home form this season.
The Doonhammers have won three of their last six matches and have won the second highest number of home games in the Scottish Championship this season with 10, coming second to Hearts who have won 13.
McCall has the option to revert to the 3-5-2 formation he used against Cowdenbeath and Hibernian, with it being a likely option considering that Gers captain Lee McCulloch will serve his first of a two-match ban following his sending off against Hearts.
They will also be without Sebastian Faure, Richard Foster, Stevie Smith, Remi Streete, Kevin Mbabu, Jon Daly and Tom Walsh who are all injured.
Fowler may consider sticking with the same team that beat Hibernian with any changes likely to come in the centre of midfield, where he replaced Mark Millar with Ian McShane.
Predicted Queen of the South line-up:
Clark, Duran, Dowie, Higgins, Carmichael, McShane, McKenna, Holt, Paton, Reilly, Lyle
Predicted Rangers line-up:
Bell, McGregor, Zaliukus, Mohsni, Wallace, Shiels, Law, Murdoch, Vuckic, Clark, Miller