Rangers v Dunfermline preview

Date published: Tuesday 5th November 2013 3:16

The midfielder missed his club’s Scottish Cup clash against Airdrie last Friday due to suspension but is back in contention to face the Pars.

However Ross Perry, Chris Hegarty and Dean Shiels remain long-term casualties for the divisional leaders.

Rangers, who have won all 10 league games they have played so far this season, are 11 points clear at the top of the table.

But Dunfermline boss Jim Jefferies is confident his side can end the Glasgow club’s 100% start to the campaign.

A draw would take the East End Park team second in the League One standings and Jefferies told the club’s website: “Nobody has taken a point off them so that is incentive enough for our players.

“We have played everybody else and even though there have been some tight matches, we feel that we can look back and say that we are the next best team and they have not faced us yet.

“Hopefully we will not be encamped and they will not be under instructions to encamp on the edge of their box.

“We will try and get them up the pitch and try and cause them problems.”

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Rangers v Dunfermline preview

Date published: Friday 2nd December 2011 9:05

Rangers are boosted by the news that defender Steven Whittaker has recovered from injury.

Whittaker had suffered an Achilles knock in the midweek friendly against Hamburg but is fit for the clash at Ibrox, along with forward Kyle Lafferty (back spasm) and midfielder Alejandro Bedoya (shin gash).

Midfielder Gregg Wylde is set to return from suspension but defenders Carlos Bocanegra, Sasa Papac and Lee Wallace and midfielder Jamie Ness remain on the sidelines.

Joe Cardle is rated 50-50 to be fit as injury-hit Dunfermline travel to SPL leaders Rangers.

Paul Burns (knee) has joined the list of absentees, Austin McCann (hamstring/back) is set to be out for a further three to four weeks and Nick Phinn (hamstring) is likely to be absent again despite making his first appearance of the season in the 3-3 draw with Aberdeen last weekend.

Craig Easton, Jason Thomson, Kevin Rutkiewicz, Steven Bell and Steven McDougall all remain on the sidelines, meaning the Pars will have to rely on youth.

Rangers (from): McGregor, Whittaker, Perry, Goian, Broadfoot, Davis, Edu, Bedoya, Hemmings, McKay, Fleck, Lafferty, Jelavic, McCulloch, Alexander, Aluko, Bartley, Wylde.

Dunfermline (from): Gallacher, Keddie, Dowie, Potter, Graham, R Thomson, Cardle, Kirk, Boyle, Willis, Buchanan, Barrowman, Smith, Mason, Hardie, Young.

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