Hibernian v Rangers: Match preview and predicted line-ups

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Hibernian and Rangers compete for the right to play Motherwell in the play-off final, with the Gers holding a two-goal advantage from the first-leg.

Rangers put themselves in a commanding position heading into the second-leg with a strong performance on home soil, meaning the tie is now theirs to lose.

Goals from Nicky Clark and Kenny Miller gave the Light Blues a 2-0 win in front of a packed out Ibrox – with fans getting in for a fiver – but Saturday’s match could be made a lot more difficult for Stuart McCall’s men.

It is likely that Alan Stubbs will prepare his team to take the energy out of the legs of the ailing Rangers players by playing the high-tempo passing football that has taken Hibernian this far.

McCall revealed after the game in midweek that some of his players were carrying minor injuries, with the Ranger boss also admitting his team’s energy levels dropped during the final 25 minutes of the game.

Stubbs’ side are fresh from their La Manga trip, but they have now lost twice in a row to the Gers home and away. They had previously secured three straight wins, scoring nine times in those contests.

There is still plenty of threat in Stubbs’ side, who are more than capable of scoring twice or more in this game, especially if they can establish an early lead and force Rangers to sit back.

Dean Shiels is likely to miss out after playing through illness in the first-leg, while there could be other changes for the Gers with McCall saying his team have some minor niggles - although, given recent team selections, he will try to keep things as close to his strongest starting XI as possible.

If McCall continues with the 4-1-2-1-2 system, then Ian Black could be brought in to play in the role Andy Murdoch has adopted, while the young midfielder can take up the position vacated by Shiels.

Hibs have no new fresh injury concerns and are likely to field the same team as they did in midweek, but they will be concerned by their lack of goals from the multitude of corners they had during the first-leg.

Predicted Hibernian line-up

Oxley, Hanlon, Fontaine, Forster, Robertson, Craig, Stevenson, Allan, Boyle, Malonga, Cummings

Predicted Rangers line-up:

Bell, Foster, McGregor, Zaliukas, Wallace, Law, Murdoch, Black, Vuckic, Clark, Miller

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