Rangers vs. Queen of the South 17/10/15
Are we Even Allowed to Play? – @AJRMitchell99
I don’t really know myself why I am writing this preview. According to well-respected ‘journalist’, Mad Phil, ra Sevco are gonna die tomorrow, which is a shame as I had bought train tickets to come up from Doncaster to watch the game that will, of course, never be played unfortunately.
Although, I’ve never done a preview like this before so I may as well take this last opportunity to do so…….
Mark Warburton’s men head into this fixture in fine form, with a nine-in-a-row league run secured, scoring 31 goals in the process, we have every right to head into this match with high confidence. On the other hand, Queen of the South come to Ibrox in not the best of form. They’ve only won once, a slender 1-0 home victory over Greenock Morton, in their last seven games after the 5-1 drubbing suffered at the hands of Rangers back in August.
Recent form makes rangers clear favourites for this one, however we can’t afford to under-estimate Queen’s as much as we have done in the last few seasons. In our previous eight encounters we’ve only managed to record three victories. Ally’s record was a miserable P3 W1 D0 L2, this was slightly improved on by McCall with his W1 D2 L1. It must be noted however one of those draws technically counts as a win with the nature of the play-offs. Thankfully the fear our players, and fans alike, that Queen’s had something over us, was all but wiped out thanks to the thrashing Mark Warburton lead us to a couple of months ago. In fairness this current squad wouldn’t even know about our past troubles with them. Out of the eleven that started in the play-off second leg against Queen’s, only Lee Wallace has played a major part in this season, the rest have either been booted or seen as rotation players at best.
Warburton and Weir have a near-enough full squad to pick from, baring David Templeton and Cammy Bell if he still exists. Realistically both players would be unlikely to feature anyway, Bell is now almost certainly back up to Big Wes and Temps’ has unfortunately never hit the heights we all aspired him to reaching after his big money move back under McCoists tenure in 2012.
Expect a similar sort of line up to the one that started the reverse fixture at Palmerston earlier on in the season. The defence currently picks itself so should be unchanged from Falkirk. One position up for grabs is in central midfield. Shiels impressed with an early goal in the 3-1 victory over Falkirk a fortnight ago so would be unfair to drop him right now. That leaves Jason Holt’s or Gedion Zelalem’s place in the balance, in my opinion Zelalem is our most technically gifted and composed midfielder so he’s this most likely to be given a starting jersey, with Holt dropping to the bench. Championship player of the month, Martyn Waghorn, scored eight times in just four games last month, so will be a stick on to lead the line against the Doonhamers.
Probable Rangers XI: Foderingham, Tav, Wilson, Kiernan, Wallace ©, Halliday, Zelalem, Shiels, Mckay, Oduwa, Waghorn.
So if all goes our way on Saturday we will be twelve points clear at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship at the end of the day. However the inevitable administration, we’ve all been warned about by the ITK obsessed, will cost us fifteen hard earned points. So unfortunately we do need to beat QOS to avoid them leapfrogging us overnight.
Ah well. Mon’ the Gers!