William Hill Scottish Cup 5th Round Replay
16th February 2016
1945 Kick off
RANGERS travel down the M73 for the replay against Kilmarnock in this years Scottish cup. Mark Warburton will be without new signings Michael O’Halloran and Billy King due to them being cup tied and without long-term injury David Templeton. Rangers will unlikely be much changed from the side that drew 1-1 with Alloa at the weekend but will be looking to be improved in front of goal after the swarm of chances created in the first game of this tie at Ibrox AND against Alloa.
Kilmarnock have newly appointed manager Lee Clark watching tonight but will be a spectator from the stands with former Gers captain Lee McCulloch taking charge for his 3rd game. Another former Gers player Stevie Smith is an injury doubt for the Ayrshire outfit with Jamie Hamill, Darryl Westlake, Chris Johnstone and the suspended Kallum Higginbotham are all definitely out.
The winner tonight will go on to play Dundee or Dumbarton in the Quarter Finals.
The last time Rangers played Kilmarnock at Rugby Park was back in 2011 when Manuel Pascali gave Kilmarnock their first home win over the Ibrox side since 1994. Nearly 5 years on and much has changed with Barry McKay, who recently signed a contract extension with the light blues, the only player in the squad to still be with Rangers.
Much will be made about the amount of chances made and not taken in Rangers last two games but with a place in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup, Mark Warburton will surely have his side fired up.
The first game of the tie was the first time Rangers have failed to score in a match this season and Kilmarnock will be keen to make sure that happens again especially with new manager, Lee Clark watching on from the stands.
There are places up for grabs and the former Newcastle midfielder will be looking for stand out performances as he looks to make his mark on the Premiership side.
Rangers are expected to take a huge crowd down the road for this one and with the debacle of the television coverage, those at the match are sure for a cracking match.
The referee for tonight is B. Madden.
JD Brown. [@Jd8rown]