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Preview: Rangers v St Mirren

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St Mirren head along the M8 to Ibrox Stadium tomorrow afternoon to face Rangers in a Ladbrokes Championship match-up, the third meeting between the sides this season.

The Glasgow side have won the three previous meetings between the sides starting on the opening night of the league season back in August when two early goals at Ibrox from Lee Wallace had the home side looking pretty comfortable. But Cameron Howieson struck back as he finished off a great move to score his first goal for St Mirren. The match turned into a much tighter affair and it took until the dying minutes for Rangers to give themselves some breathing space with a goal from Dean Shiels.

Saints were pretty much on top in the early stages of a Ladbrokes Championship clash when Rangers headed to Paisley at the end of last October, but a shot from a tight angle by Jason Holt caught out Saints’ keeper Jamie Langfield as the ball found its way to the back of the net and proved to be the only goal of the game.

The sides faced each other again at the end of November at Ibrox in the semi-final of the Petrofac Training Cup where a late show from Rangers secured a 4-0 win, thanks to goals from Holt, Miller, Waghorn and an own goal from Sean Kelly.

Rangers are still beating a path towards the Premiership as they have only dropped two points since their last league loss back on 19th December against Falkirk. The most recent win coming away to Queen of the South last weekend where a dipping shot from Kenny Miller proved to be the difference between the sides.

The Glasgow wide will be without the services of leading goalscorer Martyn Waghorn who is out injured but they have plenty of striking options to pick from with the likes of Kenny Miller, Nicky Clark and Michael O’Halloran in their ranks.

St Mirren have been on a pretty decent run of form as of late too having won four of their last six league outings. The run has got Saints back into the fringe of the battle for the final promotion playoff spot as they sit five points behind fourth placed Queen of the South.

Saints’ manager Alex Rae will have a few more options this week as he will welcome back Stephen Mallan and Keith Watson from suspension and Jim Goodwin could have himself back in the reckoning for selection after his late substitution appearance, his first since last November, in last week’s 1-0 win against Dumbarton.

Saints and Rangers are both fighting for the points as the Glasgow side look to cement automatic promotion and Alex Rae’s side make a bid to close the gap on the other sides vying for a playoff spot, so we are sure to see an interesting ninety minutes worth of action at Ibrox Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

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