Rangers will attempt to avoid a third game without a win when they take on Ross County in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.
The Glasgow giants have made a slow start to the season, picking up four points out of a possible nine from their opening three games, and they will need to start stringing some victories together if they are to challenge for the title.
The Light Blues’ home form has been disappointing thus far, with a loss to Hibernian and draw against Hearts coming at Ibrox, so they may welcome the trip to the Global Energy Stadium as they look to gather some momentum.
|Game||Ross County vs Rangers|
|Date||Sunday, August 27|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
The game will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 1, as well as being available to stream online using the BT Sport app. Viewers outside the United Kingdom and Ireland can watch the game live on Rangers TV.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 1||BT Sport app / Rangers TV|
SQUAD & TEAM NEWS
Josh Windass is not fully fit to play after sustaining a knock against Hearts and he may sit out the game as a precaution, with Caixinha hinting that Manchester City loanee Aaron Nemane can provide an alternative in the winger’s absence.
Ryan Hardie came on as a second-half substitute in last week’s 0-0 draw and the midfielder could be in line to start despite having a broken thumb. Both Eduardo Herrera and Carlos Pena are fit to play.
Potential Rangers XI: Foderingham; Alves, Hodson, Tavernier, Cardoso; Dorrans, Jack, Nemane; Miller, Morelo, Candeias.
Pedro Caixinha is waiting for the right time to ‘release’ Carlos Pena on Premiership opposition.
— Rangers FC (@RangersFC) August 23, 2017
Ross County will be without Kenny van der Weg after the defender was sent off in last week’s defeat to Motherwell.
Potential Ross County XI: Fox; Davies, Fraizer, Naismith, Kelly; O’Brien, Gardyne, Lindsay, Chow; Curran, Schalk.
BETTING & MATCH ODDS
Rangers are 4/6 favourites to win in Dingwall, according to dabblebet, with Ross County priced at 4/1. A draw between the teams is considered a 3/1 bet.
Gers forward Kenny Miller is favourite to score first at 4/1, with his team-mates Eduardo Herrera and Alfredo Morelos priced at 9/2.
The pressure is beginning to mount on Pedro Caixinha with Rangers looking far from a side that has designs on the Scottish Premiership title. They are already five points behind their bitter rivals Celtic and the Portuguese coach must begin to deliver results if he wishes to retain his job.
Despite opening the season with wins over Motherwell in the league and Dunfermline in the League Cup, the Gers have slipped up in their last two outings, both of which came at home. However, Caixinha is not too concerned about the murmerings of discontent among the fans.
The former Santos Laguna boss told a pre-match press conference: “What I need to tell you, and it’s a Portuguese saying but it’s an interesting one, is that ‘the dogs bark and the caravan passes’ – the caravan keeps moving, the caravan keeps going.
“That means we are focused on our work, we are focusing on our job and we are all together in the same direction. We are the ones that know which direction we are going and our fans, as I told you, the anonymous ones, they are supporting us for the good.”
With the international break approaching, a convincing win over Ross County will appease fans for now and give the team a boost as they look ahead to games against Dundee, Partick Thistle and Celtic next month.
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