Rangers boost as Livingston missing several key men for league clash
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Rangers boost as Livingston missing several key men for league clash

In a boost for Rangers, Livingston are set to be missing several key men for the Premiership clash between the two sides on Sunday afternoon.

The champions travel to West Lothian four points clear at the top of the table but will face a Livi side who are unbeaten in five and who drew at Celtic Park at the end of October.

Sunday’s early kick-off will be Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s first league fixture in charge of Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

David Martindale won’t be able to field his strongest side against Gio van Bronckhorst’s Gers, though, with suspension, injuries and a loan clause ruling multiple players out.

Ayo Obileye had been an ever-present at the back for the Lions prior to being sent off for slapping Kyogo Furuhashi in the 0-0 draw at Celtic and the player who Martindale believes could become the best centre-back in the league completes his two-game ban this weekend.

Influential attacking midfielder Scott Pittman and left-back Sean Kelly are out injured, while Liverpool loanee Adam Lewis, who’s also a left-back, has been sidelined since late September and isn’t ready to return either [Sky Sports].

Finally, highly-rated midfielder Ben Williamson will also miss out for the hosts.

Rangers loanee Ben Williamson is one of multiple Livingston first-team players unavailable to face the Gers. (Photo by MB Media/Getty Images)

The 20-year-old Rangers starlet, who scooped the Young Player of the Year award at Arbroath last season, can’t face his parent club due to the terms of his loan agreement.

These absences boost Rangers’ chances on the artificial surface at the Tony Macaroni Arena but the visitors have a few injury problems of their own to contend with.