The men from Govan can take a 21 point lead over their Ayrshire rivals on a clear afternoon in Glasgow today

Steven Gerrard wasn’t a happy camper after seeing an unusually powdery performance by Rangers against Hamilton last week

The 1-1 draw was characterized by poor defense, lack of control in midfield and luckily an incredible goalkeeping performance by 39-year-old Allan McGregor

Gerrard will expect his side to bounce back with an emphatic victory and performance, or the frosty conditions at Ibrox will stretch well beyond the field of play

You are facing a Kilmarnock page that will no doubt offer a rigorous test after new boss Tommy Wright has spent more time drilling his page

Known for its pragmatic, well-organized teams in St Johnstone, he’s sure to make Killie a difficult endeavor in the years to come

And while he is known for his first approach to defense, his first move was to step up his attack by returning old Ibrox favorite Kyle Lafferty to Scotland

Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Balogun, Barisic, Davis, Jack, Aribo, Kent, Hagi, Itten Subs: McLaughlin, Bassey, Helander, Patterson, Kamara, Wright, Stewart, Arfield, Defoe

Killie: Doyle, McGowan, Medley, Dikamona, Haunstrup, Mulumbu, Dicker, Thsibola, McKenzie, Kiltie, Kabamba Subs: Rogers, Millen, Ibsen Rossi, Dabo, Pinnock, Burke Pierrick, Whitehall, Oakley

Killie didn’t have much to offer for the future but looked frustrated and they did an exceptional job up until Ryan Jack’s magical moment

The midfielder has scored one goal or another over the course of his career, but it is highly doubtful whether he scored a better goal

Once in the lead, Killie’s stubborn rearguard began to crumble and suddenly Gerrard’s men looked like a serious threat

Despite the lead, Rangers have to do better in the final third to secure victory in the second half

The winger moves forward from the center line and picks up the mileage as he gallops towards the goal

He comes to the edge of the box and stabs Doyle’s palms with a powerful drive

The ball is directed out of the penalty area, Jack throws it up and hits it on the volley in the upper corner

He took a year off after leaving Celtic, but he still looks like a top player for Killie

Kabamba looked bright and sharp in the opening exchanges, but Balogun is now like a rash over him

It doesn’t get stuck and that means the Ayrshiremen will be locked up and facing a harsh shift if this stage of the shadowhunt continues

It’s up to players like Ryan Kent and Joe Aribo to bring the team to life in the final third

If you were expecting a rapid start from Gerrard’s men after last week’s poor performance, that hasn’t happened yet

If Hagi can continue to build on his recent form, he is destined to be a top player

Conditions are not particularly good as players try to adjust to the pace of the game

Steven Gerrard is expecting a tough game against Kilmarnock today, which he expects to sit back and counter-attack

Killie will be organized and with a low block you will try to capitalize on mistakes

We lacked the midfielders personality last week and these two brought that with them when they came on

You might see Scott Arfield, but in an ideal world I want to protect him. But if necessary – I have to use him

We’re at Ibrox ten minutes before kick-off, which is sure to be a fascinating game

It’s pretty cold in Govan today, but the field is in decent shape before the game

The SFA disciplinary process has come into the spotlight in recent weeks after some high profile players were pulled up by the governing body

Kemar was relieved of a faulty lunge ban against Murray Davidson in St. in a 1-0 win for Steven Gerrard’s runaway championship leaders last week Met Johnstone

Gerrard has now insisted that “far worse” incidents should not be punished with retrospective action, as he called for more consistency

READ MORE: Every Premiership player selected as Celtic and Rangers by the SFA has been under the microscope

Tommy Wright made two changes to the team that lost to Motherwell at Rugby Park on Wednesday

Youssouf Mulumbu replaces the suspended Alan Power and should provide some quality in the middle

DR Congo International is not known for its speed of operation, however, and that could be behind the second change

Rory McKenzie has been moved from center to right, presumably to follow Borna Barisic’s forward runs

This means no place for veteran Chris Burke Aaron Tshibola comes in to take McKenzie’s place in central midfield

Steven Gerrard gave Bongani Zungu a pretty strong point when the South African was completely eliminated from the squad

Scott Arfield is returning to the team with a huge boost and the manager will hope to give him minutes to get him back on track as soon as possible

Ryan Jack and Steven Davis deserve to start after adding so much when they got into the engine room

Itten receives the nod to Defoe, but the veteran can get into the fray if necessary, and his return is another big boost to the strength of the backup options available

Both Tommy Wright and Rangers fans will be disappointed that the Northern Irishman didn’t make the roster for tonight’s game

The 33-year-old signed for the Ayrshire Club

on Friday after a brief period in Serie B with Reggina

With Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe due to suspension, the big question is what Steven Gerrard is doing to his strikers

With Jermain Defoe Back Fit and Cedric Itten able to drop deep, both could start here

At the back, Filip Helander looked a bit shaky against Hamilton, and Leon Balogun was able to step in

In midfield, both Jack and Davis were left out at the Fountain of Youth Stadium, but gave the team an instant boost when they arrived as late substitutes

Playmaker Ianis Hagi wished he would play in front of a crowded Ibrox as the Rangers headed for the title

Steven Gerrard’s men have been ruthless this season as they approach their first Premiership title in a decade

However, supporters were unable to fill stands across the county in the middle of the Covid outbreak. He told Rangers TV:

It’s just the feeling that the fans are so hopefully giving you as soon as possible that we have the fans back and can play for them because honestly it’s been a really good year for me and the team

Alfredo Morelos and Kemar Roofe are suspended and the Ibrox boss thinks Itten didn’t get enough service last week to show his true worth against Hamilton

Cedric can play as a 10 or 9 which is one of the reasons we brought him in. He was very patient, his level of training was really good and as a hitter he was excellent at key times with important goals

When he started he did a lot of things right. In Poznan he scored a wonderful goal, ran over the central defenders and shot down

His box-to-box game over the weekend was fine, he did a selfless job for the team, and we didn’t serve him well enough to play as nine

We have Jermain Defoe available and the important decisions we made in preseason to have four nines are now paying off because the challenge is more difficult when you don’t like Alfredo or Kemar Roofe against a team Kilmarnock have

So it’s important that Cedric or Jermain grows up to us, depending on who we’re going with

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