Match Preview and predicted line-ups: Rangers v Falkirk

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Rangers have the chance to cement second place in the Scottish Championship while Falkirk need a win to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Game to be played on Saturday 25th April 2015 at 15:00. Venue: Ibrox, Glasgow.

Odds: Rangers 1/2, draw 3/1, Falkirk 9/2

Rangers know that a victory over fellow promotion-chasers Falkirk could be enough to secure them second place, if other results go their way.

It is possible that the Gers can lock down second place on Saturday afternoon if Hibs lose to Alloa and they beat Falkirk.

Falkirk visit Ibrox knowing that only a win will be enough to keep then within reach of a play-off place, as they currently sit five points behind Queen of the South.

Stuart McCall’s side got back to winning ways against Dumbarton last weekend, but consistency has been the main area of weakness for the Light Blues who have lost and drawn two of their last four matches, while winning the other two.

Falkirk go into the game having made it through to the ScottishCup final in their previous game against Hibs, but their league form in the build-up to that match was poor, losing to Livingston and Queen of the South within three days.

Peter Houston’s team has lost three of the four meetings between the sides this season, but did manage to draw the latest game in February. Their last victory over Rangers came in September 2011 in a Scottish League Cup game, with their last league victory coming in a Scottish Premier League match back in December 2006.

Ian Black misses out for Rangers through suspension, while Jon Daly and Richard Foster have returned to training but may not feature in the squad.

Seb Faure and Steven Smith are still out but Kenny Miller does make a return to the squad after recovering from a hamstring strain.

McCall has been reluctant to make changes in recent games but with his performance last weekend, Ryan Hardie may be in line for a place in the starting eleven at Ibrox.

Dean Shiels didn’t feature against Dumbarton and could be recalled in place of Tom Walsh, but McCall may opt to give the youngster another chance after his part in the victory.

Houston will be forced into some changes for the game at Ibrox, with Luke Leahy suspended after he picked up his fifth booking of the season against Queen of the South. John Baird missed the cup semi-final due to being cup-tied but comes back into the squad for the league game, while Rory Loy is still a doubt.

Rangers predicted line-up

Bell, McGregor, McCulloch, Zaliukas, Wallace, Vuckic, Law, Murdoch, Walsh, Clark, Hardie

Falkirk predicted line-up

Macdonald, Duffy, McCraken, Grant, Muirhead, Taiwo, Vaulks, Sibbald, Smith, Baird, Alston

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