Following the heavy disappointment of their tame midweek Scottish Cup exit to Motherwell, the current holders of that trophy Dundee United will instead be focusing on holding onto fourth place in the SPL table when visiting title-chasing Rangers this weekend. The Terrors enjoy a single-point advantage at present over Kilmarnock in fifth, whilst also still having a game in hand on their closest challengers.
“Dundee Utd have had a great run in the league and despite their result in the cup in midweek they have been one of the form teams in the country,” manager Walter Smith told Rangers’ official website. “They played an awful lot of games in a short period of time and won every one of them so tomorrow will be a big game for us. It will be a test to see if the psychological boost we got from winning the cup will be a benefit for us.
“We`ve got a massive game on Saturday against Rangers and they`ll obviously be looking at this result [at Motherwell] and thinking they can add to our disappointment,” Dundee United skipper Jon Daly told the Scottish Herald. “But we need to bounce back and make sure we go there and put in a performance that we can be proud of. I hope we`ll be an angry team, pumped up. We have a lot to play for in the league.”
Rangers Team News:
Madjid Bougherra and Vladimir Weiss are both ruled out for Rangers, while Steven Naismith and Steven Davis have each recovered from knocks. However, there are also doubts concerning Kyle Lafferty, Kirk Broadfoot and Jamie Ness.
Rangers (from): McGregor, Whittaker, Papac, Foster, Weir, Davis, Edu, Jelavic, Diouf, Lafferty, Fleck, Healy, Alexander, Wylde, Hutton, Naismith, Broadfoot, Ness
Player to watch: Nikica Jelavic
Croatian striker who netted their recent winner against Celtic.
Dundee United Team News:
Central defenders Garry Kenneth and Darren Dods are still missing for the visitors but Scott Severin, Craig Conway and Mihael Kovacevic have all recently returned to the squad and will be hopeful for an opportunity.
Dundee United (from): Pernis, Dillon, Dixon, Watson, Van der Meulen, Severin, Douglas, Buaben, Gomis, Conway. D. Robertson, S. Robertson, Swanson, Daly, Shala, Russell, Goodwillie, Dow, Hill, Banks
Player to watch: Sean Dillon
The Tangerines will need to be really solid at the back to leave Ibrox with any reward.
Match Facts & Stats
Vastly differing recent results for these two clubs as Rangers won one cup when beating Celtic 2-1 in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final, while the Taysiders crashed out of the Scottish Cup 3-0 in a midweek replay at Motherwell.