Rangers are preparing to welcome a resurgent Ross County side to Ibrox this weekend as they look to get back to winning ways following a draw against Motherwell at Fir Park.
Whilst it’s widely agreed that a draw with Graham Alexander’s side wasn’t the worst result in the circumstances, tensions will begin to rise should Rangers fail to take full points against another Scottish Premiership side buoyed by the appointment of a new manager.
John “Yogi” Hughes might’ve been waxing lyrical about Steven Gerrard’s “matadors” in the week but there will be no love lost when the Staggies enter Ibrox with 55 within sight for the Gers.
Rangers have taken a monumental step towards Premiership glory in recent weeks, all starting from that Old Firm win against Celtic at Ibrox.
Since then our rivals have drawn three on the bounce and with Celtic not playing this weekend due to their original opponents turning out in the League Cup, the Gers can go 23 points clear with a win.
It won’t be easy though – John Hughes’ appointment in Dingwall has gone some way to transforming the fortunes of a side battling relegation.
County have two wins and a draw in their last four matches – losing only to high-flying Livingston – and are now 10th in the Scottish Premiership table.
Their most recent match was a 4-1 humbling of Scotland’s third force Aberdeen.
Whilst they will be well aware of the challenge they’re facing coming to Ibrox you can bet that they’ll be committed, hungry and determined to upset the apple cart.
For Rangers, we expect a few players to come into the side with the club returning to two matches a week as of next week.
With one eye on a trip to Easter Road on Wednesday, this is an opportunity for some to stake a claim in the side and force their way into Steven Gerrard’s plans.
We’re predicting three changes from the side which drew 1-1 with Motherwell last weekend, as Filip Helander comes in for Leon Balogun, Bongani Zungu comes in for Steven Davis and Cedric Itten starts instead of Ianis Hagi.
Itten’s potential inclusion may be the one which most excites Rangers fans – surely the big striker has done enough to warrant an opportunity at Ibrox?