Rangers v Aberdeen
This traditionally bad tempered fixture has come at the right time for Aberdeen. The Dons, who had failed to win all season before their victory over Inverness on Saturday, followed it up with a 1-0 win over Dundee in the League Cup on Tuesday night.
Darren Mackie’s first goal for Aberdeen in over a year gave the highlanders their second win in the space of three days. Mackie’s return after eight months out through injury, and his return to goal scoring ways, is a major boost for Craig Brown going into the Rangers fixture.
Brown admitted after the match that he was relieved to come away with the victory,
‘The match was a bit similar to our game on Saturday against Inverness where we were good at the beginning and a bit indifferent thereafter. If you are highly critical of Aberdeen then I think it would be disrespectful of the opposition, who were excellent.’
Despite taking great confidence from his side’s 3-0 victory of Motherwell on Sunday Ally McCoist came crashing back down to earth on Thursday when his side could only draw at home to Maribor to follow their Glasgow rivals Celtic out of Europe.
New signing Alejandro Bedoya is set to be added to the squad for the first time as is Steven Naismith who was suspended for the Maribor tie is available to face the Dons.
Maurice Edu also returns after serving a one match suspension however McCoist has a number of key men absent ahead of the game with Kyle Bartley returning to Arsenal to have a groin injury assessed joining David Weir (hamstring), Sasa Papac (illness) and Lee McCulloch (knee) on the sidelines.
This game has come too soon for Australian Midfielder Matt McKay who has sorted out his visa problem and will join up with his new Rangers team mates on September 7th, meaning he could make his debut against Dundee United at Tannadice on the 10th.
Aberdeen meanwhile have some worries of their own and will be hoping that Chris Clark and Kari Arnason will recover from the injuries that forced them off against Dundee in midweek in time for Sunday’s clash.
Rob Milsom will return from a groin problem while Yoann Folly is back in the squad after recovering from a broken leg meaning that Jamie Langfield is the only player on the sidelines however he too is also close to returning following his brain seizure.
Prediction: Home win
Rangers (from): McGregor, Goian, McMillan, Perry, Ortiz, Davis, Naismith, Wylde, Kerkar, Lafferty, Fleck, Jelavic, Bocanegra, Bedoya, Whittaker, Healy, Hutton, Alexander.
Aberdeen (from): Jason Brown, Foster, Considine, Arnason, Mawene, Magennis, Paton, Milsom, Osbourne, Pawlett, Megginson, Vernon, Chalali, Mackie, McArdle, Clark, Fyvie, Folly, Jack.