The match against Dundee this afternoon marks the first time Dundee have visited Rangers for a league fixture since 2004.
Paul Hartley’s side have not been in the best of form so far this season. The Dark Blues went on a run of ten games without a win in the Scottish Premiership after matchday one.
However, they have picked up back-to-back wins, against Hamilton and Motherwell respectively, in the lead up to the game at Ibrox.
Rangers won their first game back in the top flight when they visited Dens Park in August. Harry Forrester and Kenny Miller got the goals for the Light Blues.
On Dundee’s last competitive game at Ibrox, they were defeated 4-0 by Mark Warburton’s side in the Scottish Cup. Harry Forrester also scored that day, with a goal inside the first 13 seconds to send Rangers on their way.
A similar scoreline would go down a treat on this occasion, as the inconsistent form of the Gers this season has continued to draw criticism.
Following the good performance in the last home game against Kilmarnock, Rangers played out a disappointing draw against Ross County the next week.
Third place after 12 games is not too bad at this stage of the season, however the inability to adapt in games and performance levels have been scrutinised.
Since the last league outing Joey Barton has been released from the club – putting an end to the disruption caused by the incident.
YouTube: PRESS CONFERENCE | Mark Warburton | 17 Nov 2016
Martyn Waghorn’s lack of game time recently has not gone unnoticed. Some reports suggested he will leave in January. However, Mark Warburton defended the striker this week.
The manager described last season’s top scorer as “first class.”
“When you’ve got 22 players in your squad, you can only pick 11.
“It’s the same story up and down the country. He wants to play football.
“His application is first class. When his chance comes he’ll be ready. There is no problem with Waggy.”
Michael O’Halloran has become a regular in the starting lineup over the last few games and his inclusion is expected today.
Harry Forrester, like Waghorn, has slipped out of contention in recent weeks but with his scoring form against Dundee, today could be a good fixture for him.
Barrie McKay has been a regular off the bench in the last few games due to his poor form. His return to the starting lineup may not be far away, though.
Clint Hill continued his good form at the centre of defence with his goal against Ross County. For now it seems that Rob Kiernan is the first choice partner for him.
With a run of games including Hearts, twice, and Aberdeen in the space of ten days next month – the points will be useful for the Light Blues coming into what is undoubtedly an important point in the season.
YouTube: PRESS CONFERENCE | James Tavernier | 17 Nov 2016
The predicted lineup for today’s match is below:
Foderingham was not at his best in Dingwall two weeks ago but he is the number one.
The right-back has not scored many this campaign, his defensive duties have been more essential.
Unlikely to see the goalscorer at Ross County moved.
After losing his shirt to Danny Wilson and then Senderos, briefly, Kiernan has returned to his regular spot.
Arguably one of Scotland’s better players in the defeat to England last week. The captain will be back in blue and not pink today.
Was involved in the incident with Joey Barton but has been a consistent performer since replacing him in the team.
The midfielder is important for the style of play.
Hasn’t done much wrong recently to sit out. The midfield three here have proved to be the best combination.
The pacy forward finally got his chance and brings something different. Only thing he lacks is a goal.
No goals since hitting his 100th in Inverness but is reliable.
Hasn’t been able to score many since his move but did bag a goal in each of the last two home games.