Game to played on Saturday 18th April 2015 at 15:00. Venue: Bet Butler Stadium, Dumbarton.
Odds: Dumbarton 5/1, draw 7/2, Rangers 4/9
Every game between now and the end of the season is a must win for Rangers, and Saturday’s clash with Dumbarton is no exception.
The Gers missed out on the opportunity to go three points clear of Hibernian when they drew 1-1 against bottom-placed side Livingston on Wednesday night, as inconsistency continues to show in Stuart McCall’s side.
Saturday gives the Light Blues an opportunity to widen the gap to four points, with Alan Stubbs’s men playing in the Scottish Cup semi-finals against Falkirk at Hampden Park.
This gives McCall’s team the opportunity to put pressure on their Edinburgh rivals as they battle it out for second place, but there is no telling which Rangers team will turn up at Dumbarton.
The hosts, managed by Ian Murray, have very little to play for as they currently reside in seventh place in the Scottish Championship, with relegation avoided and any chance of moving further up the table almost mathematically impossible, with the Sons sitting nine points behind Raith Rovers with only three left to play.
Dumbarton have lost their previous three games and will be looking to buck that trend against the Gers, who have seen them off three times in the league and once in the Scottish Cup this season.
The Light Blues have scored 11 goals in those four wins and would welcome a repeat of any one of the results as they prepare for their fifth game in 14 days.
McCall has no fresh injury concerns from the midweek game against Livingston, with fatigue the only factor he may take into consideration when pick his side. His selection has become more predictable in recent games but he may decide to shake things up following the midweek draw.
Murray will be without the suspended Chris Turner who is serving the second instalment of a two-game ban after being sent off, and on-loan striker Chris Duggan misses out as he is set to undergo a knee operation.
Predicted Dumbarton line-up
Rogers, Graham, Taggart, Findlay, Wilson, Gilhaney, Agnew, Kirkpatrick, Fleming, Megginson, Campbell
Rangers predicted line-up
Bell, Wallace, McCulloch, Zaliukas, McGregor, Law, Vuckic, Murdoch, Shiels, Clark, Miller