Game to be played on Saturday 9th May at 17:30. Venue: Palmerston Park, Dumfries.
Odds: Queen of the South 14/5, draw 12/5, Rangers 10/11
Rangers go to Palmerston Park on Saturday afternoon for the first of two legs against Queen of the South in the Scottish Championship play-offs.
All of the pressure is on the Gers in this fixture - as they shoulder the weight of expectation from their fans to make a return to the Scottish Premiership and secure a third promotion in a row - but they come up against a team they have struggled against this campaign.
Queen of the South have beaten Rangers twice at Palmerston Park this season and managed to come away from Ibrox with a point when the teams last met in Glasgow, but did suffer a 4-2 defeat at the start of the season.
The home side have proved to be a difficult nut to crack for the Gers but are the only team Stuart McCall’s side have lost to in their last 15 games.
James Fowler’s men lost their final game against basement boys Livingston but this isn’t likely to have much of a bearing on Saturday’s match. However, Rangers’ draw against Hearts may affect them given that they let another lead slip after being 2-0 up.
Lee McCulloch – who was dropped to the bench for the game – came on with the Light Blues enjoying a two-goal lead, but they conceded twice with their captain on the pitch, which could mean he starts the play-off game on the bench.
If McCulloch is to start on the sidelines then Richard Foster will retain his place in the starting line-up, with no fresh injury problems to concern McCall ahead of the game.
Fowler’s main injury concern is Derek Lyle, who was replaced after 58 minutes in the match against Livingston, otherwise his squad has a clean bill of health going into the match.
Predicted Queen of the South line-up
Clark, Dowie, Durnan, Higgins, Holt, McShane, McKenna, Russell, Paton, Lyle, Smith
Predicted Rangers line-up
Bell, Foster, McGregor, Zaliukas, Wallace, Vuckic, Murdoch, Law, Walsh, Clark, Miller