Rangers are preparing to welcome northeast rivals Aberdeen for a match in which the football very much seems secondary to mourning Ibrox legend Walter Smith.

Rangers announced the passing of their hugely-decorated former boss this morning and the Gaffer’s legacy remains a monumental one at Ibrox Stadium.

The tributes have been pouring in for a man hugely respected around the world of football and someone who transcends footballing rivalries, which our clash with the Dons certainly is.

But – as Smith would’ve wanted – the show will go on and Rangers will welcome Aberdeen to Ibrox tomorrow evening for an important night in the Scottish Premiership.

The Gers host Aberdeen – a traditionally feisty affair on the Scottish footballing calendar – whilst Celtic travel to face Hibs.

 

Both matches could have wide-reaching implications on the title race and Rangers will be fully focused on getting a result.

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The Ibrox side cancelled their press duties ahead of the match in light of the news regarding Smith, so as far as injury updates go there is little to report.

Steven Gerrard had previously suggested Ryan Kent had an outside chance of returning for the game but given the nature of those comments, we reckon that at most he’ll make the bench.

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Walter Smith had some famous nights against Aberdeen and the Dons will make a fitting opponent as Rangers remember their legendary manager. (Photo by Ben Radford/Allsport/Getty Images)

In goal, we suspect Allan McGregor – a former Smith player – will be recalled to action whilst we don’t suspect much change in defence with James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Leon Balogun and Borna Barisic all tipped to retain their spots.

In midfield, we fancy Glen Kamara to come back into the side with Steven Davis – another ex-Smith player for the Gers – retaining his spot alongside John Lundstram.

In the top part of the pitch, we’re backing Kemar Roofe to start the match alongside Alfredo Morelos with Joe Aribo being pushed further forward and Ianis Hagi dropping out.

Rangers v Aberdeen – Rangers predicted XI – 4-3-3

GK – Allan McGregor

DR – James Tavernier

DC – Connor Goldson

DC – Leon Balogun

DL – Borna Barisic

CDM – Steven Davis

CM – Glen Kamara

CM – John Lundstram

RF – Joe Aribo

LF – Kemar Roofe

ST – Alfredo Morelos

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