Hibs manager Paul Heckingbottom has admitted that he doesn’t expect many changes from Rangers in Friday night’s Scottish Premiership clash – but believes the Gers have the capability to change things if needed.

The Gers head across the M8 looking to pick up three points and put a bit of pressure on Celtic in the title race heading into the upcoming Old Firm clash.

16th February 2019, Easter Road, Edinburgh, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Hibernian versus Hamilton Academical; Paul Heckingbottom Hibernian Manager and Robbie Stockdale Hibernian Coach speak with David Gray on the touchline

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“I can’t imagine Steven (Gerrard) changing too much but he has got the capabilities to do that if he wants with the squad he has got and the players he has got competing for each position,” Heckingbottom said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

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“But I don’t think there will be too much different in the set-up and how he approaches the game and I wouldn’t have thought too much difference in personnel.”

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard speaks with Ryan Jack and Glen Kamara during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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With a Scottish Cup replay against Aberdeen on Tuesday night, there’s a chance Gerrard mixes things up and brings players like Lassana Coulibaly or Steve Davis into the side.

 

As Celtic are not in action until later in the weekend, a win would close the gap at the top of the table to five points – temporarily at least.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Rangers manager Steven Gerrard looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premier League match between Rangers and Dundee at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Gerrard’s side head across the city on March 30th and closing the gap a little before then would really put pressure on Neil Lennon to avoid a repeat of the previous Old Firm.

A defeat for the Gers would finally extinguish their title hopes – ironically enough at the club who binned Lennon earlier this year.

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