Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Scottish Cup clash between Rangers and Ayr United, including predictions, team news and possible teams.
A bumper-to-bumper Saturday Scottish FA Cup The fifth part will end with Ayr United are making the trip to Ibrox Stadium to face the Scottish Premiership giants Supervisors.
The players go into the game on the back of a 2-1 league win over Aberdeen, while the visitors lost 2-1 to Dundee United in the Scottish Premiership last time out.
A game show
On the floor Philip ClementIn charge, Rangers have experienced a renaissance, having lifted the League Cup for the first time in over a decade and are currently facing a serious challenge for the Premier League title alongside Celtic.
The Gers are currently just three points behind their Glasgow rivals with a game in hand, and after beating Aberdeen at the weekend, Clement’s side are now on a seven-game winning streak in all competitions.
The new manager’s only blemish since arriving at Ibrox Stadium came in the New Year’s derby against the Hoops and it was the only defeat the team had conceded since a 2-1 loss to Aris Limassol in the Europa League on October 5.
In the competition, Rangers thrashed Dumbarton 4-1 in the previous fixture and conceded nine goals in their next four games before this match where they conceded just two in that time.
It’s no surprise to see the hosts become favorites according to the bookies, as they have won their last seven games against the opposition and outscored them 21-2 in those games.
Meanwhile, Ayr United ended their three-game unbeaten run last weekend as Dundee United staged a superb second-half comeback to claim the points in a 2-1 win at Somerset Park after trailing 1-0 at the start. two minutes of the game.
The result marked the Honest Men’s 11th league defeat of the competition and left them in sixth place after 23 games in the Scottish Championship, 11 points behind the top three and having played more games than anyone above them.
Their poor performance this season led to the sacking of the former manager Lee Bullen last month, and Scott Brown appointed as his successor, but although there have been positive signs since the former Celtic and Scotland captain, this is a new challenge for his team, especially given the nature of their opponents.
Furthermore, the visitors’ away record doesn’t really help guide their chances in this game, as they have won just one of their last eight matches in all competitions in regulation time.
Rangers Scottish Cup form:
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Ayr United Scottish Cup form:
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The Rangers will be without the services of several players for this game, starting from the start Dujon Sterlingwho is suspended for this after being sent off at the end of last week’s game against Aberdeen.
Kieran Dowell (knock), Kemar Roofe (knock), Danilo Pereira (knee) and Abdullah Sima (thigh) is out for the game with an injury, right Leon Balogun it is listed as a doubt.
George Stanger He will not take part in the Ibrox Stadium trip to Ayr after being sent off in stoppage time in the team’s 2-1 defeat against Dundee United last time out.
Frankie Musonda he has not played since leaving the Africa Cup of Nations against Zambia but could start here in place of Stanger who was suspended after sitting on the bench last week.
Possible starting Rangers:
McCrorie; Tavernier, Goldson, Souttar, Yilmaz; Cantwell, Lundstram, Raskin; McCausland, Dessers, Matondo
Ayr United expected to start:
Albinson; McAllister, Musonda, McGinty, Reading; Syla, Dempsey, Murphy, McGeady; Dowds, Willoughby
We say: Rangers 3-0 Ayr United
It’s hard to say much about Ayr United in this game as they have to take on the top flight at the moment. So, we’ll keep it short and sweet – we like the Rangers to go for an easy win in this one.
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