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Preview: Rangers vs. Kilmarnock - predictions, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Kilmarnock with predictions, team news, expected line-ups and more.

Seeking recovery from midweek defeat in Europe, Rangers welcome the newly promoted Kilmarnock to Ibrox for the first Scottish Premiership home match of the 2022-23 season on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the visitors are hopeful of another resilient performance in Glasgow following last weekend’s draw with Dundee United.

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Rangers, who beat Livingstone 2-1 in their opening game of the Scottish Premiership, had a disappointing 2-0 loss to Union SG in the first leg of Tuesday’s Champions League third round qualifying match.

a deflected strike from Teddy Teuma 27 minutes before the Belgian host started scoring. Connor Goldson considered to have handled the ball in the area, Dante Vanzeil Convert the resulting penalty kick with 15 minutes remaining.

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst .

Rangers will focus on Saturday’s league match against Kilmarnock before attempting a draw in Glasgow next Tuesday, with Ibrox followers hoping for a significantly improved performance.

Having won five of their last six meetings with Kilmarnock and kept clean sheets in four of them, the Guards should be confident of returning to winning ways.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes pictured November 22, 2020© Reuters

Kilmarnock managed to save a 1-1 draw in the Premiership opener of the new season at home to Dundee United last weekend.

the away team Dylan Levittbut the dismissal of the second half Ian Harks He favored the hosts who scored a dramatic 91st-minute equalizer through centre-backs. Ash Taylor.

Derek McInnesLast season, he led Killy to the championship title on his first attempt.

As a manager, McInnes has had a poor record against Gels, winning just six of their 30 encounters, including just four in the Premiership.

Kilmarnock are looking to hit hard this weekend and win their first game at Ibrox since March 2018. Chris Boyd – who made more than 200 appearances for both clubs in his career – scored the only goal of the game in the East Ayrshire outfit.

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Rangers' Antonio Korac celebrates his first goal against John Lundstram on 23 July 2022© Reuters

Rangers manager Van Bronckhorst hopes Ryan Kent Recovering from a minor ankle injury John Suter Suspicious because he’s set to take a test on an unspecified ‘problem’.

Yiannis Hagi Although he has been sidelined with a long-term knee injury, the forward Alfredo Morelos When Kemal Roof Problems with the respective thighs and calves are also excluded.

Van Bronckhorst chose to start Tuesday’s game in the back three. james sands When John Lundstram Along with Goldson. However, Gers is set to return to a four-man defense on Saturday, which could see a summer signing. Ben Davis He made his first start for the club.

Antonio Colac Expected to lead again Tom Lawrence When Scott Wright After starting on the bench in midweek, they are hoping to force their way into the first XI.

As for Kilmarnock, the Middlesbrough goalkeeper on loan Zach Hemmings He has returned to his parent club for the time being as he recovers from a groin injury. Chris Stokes He has been out due to hamstring problems.

McInnes plans to keep the 3-5-2 formation he used last weekend. Ryan Alevios When Kerr McInroy Provides width to his sides as a wingback.

Former Rangers striker Kyle Rafferty The 34-year-old, who made his first appearance of the season last weekend after recovering from injury, said Saturday Ori Shaw.

Rangers starting prospects:
McLaughlin; Tavernier, Goldson, Davis, Ballisick. Lundstram, Jack and Kamala.Wright, Colac, Lawrence

Kilmarnock starters:
Walker; Wright, Taylor, Mayo. Alevios, Mackenzie, Power, Polworth, McInroy.Shaw, Rafferty

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We say: Rangers 2-0 Kilmarnock

In front of a packed Ibrox, the pressure will be on Rangers to deal with a disappointing midweek loss and score maximum points in the first home game of the new season.

Kilmarnock want to have their say in the contest, but the hosts can be seen getting their usual win in Glasgow.

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