Writer: Vital Arabs
Date:Friday September 17 2010
Sat 18th Sep
The Arabs face a big challenge this weekend when travelling to Ibrox to take on second-placed Rangers. However, the visitors' confidence will be high after claiming their first win of the season last week when sweeping aside the challenge of Aberdeen at Tannadice. Rangers also come into the game on the back of a decent result after holding Manchester United to a 0-0 draw in their opening Champions League group game earlier this week, although they received rather harsh criticism from certain quarters over their defensive approach.
"We have players that allow us to change things around. Nikica Jelavic and Vladimir Weiss are both ready and can come back in so that would obviously bring freshness to us," Ibrox boss Walter Smith told Rangers' official website. "We look forward to that and to a home game against a team who have always played very well when they come to Ibrox. Last year we got ourselves in a good position in the cup game and got dragged back and were eventually knocked out of the Scottish Cup by Dundee Utd. We have had some excellent games against them and I don't see tomorrow's being any different."
"You look at Rangers' performances this year, and I read Walter [Smith] saying they haven't hit the heights, and yet I look at the SPL and they've won four out of four games," Arabs manager Peter Houston told BBC Sport. "And they've gone to Manchester and got a goalless draw. So, God help us all when they start to hit the heights. We have to look after ourselves and know we'll play a different Rangers side than played at Old Trafford. They'll certainly be coming at us and we have to ensure we're as organised as Rangers were in Manchester. But I'm not worried about that. We'll be going to attack."
Striker Nikica Jelavic returns for Rangers after he was ineligible for their midweek Champions League draw against Manchester United. Vladimir Weiss didn't appear in that game either but was expected to feature at some stage this weekend.
Rangers (from): McGregor, Papac, Weir, Bougherra, Broadfoot, Foster, Davis, Edu, Naismith, Beattie, McCulloch, Lafferty, Miller, Jelavic, Little, Weiss, Hutton, Whittaker, Alexander
The Croatian striker returns after being ineligible to face Manchester United in the Champions League in midweek.
The Arabs have concerns in midfield with current doubts over Craig Conway, Morgaro Gomis and David Robertson, while Danny Swanson is a confirmed absentee due to a recurring hamstring problem.
Dundee United (from): Pernis, Dixon, Dillon, Dods, Kenneth, Douglas, Conway, Gomis, S. Robertson, D. Robertson, Buaben, Cadamarteri, Severin, Daly, Goodwillie, Shala, Russell, Banks, Mentel
Will be required to organise well at the back and create a solid base from which the visitors can endeavour to attack when appropriate.
Rangers - Aberdeen (A); Dundee United - St Johnstone (H)
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Date:Friday September 17 2010
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