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Pick and share your Rangers team to down Kilmarnock

 • by Andrew Gibney
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If Rangers have any aspirations to still finish second in the Scottish Premiership, they need to beat Kilmarnock on Saturday.

The mood should be galvanised around Ibrox with the announcement of Steven Gerrard’s appointment at the Glasgow club.

A legend at Liverpool, now he has the task of steering the Gers in the right direction, with second place deemed the minimum requirement.

Jimmy Nicholl will take charge as caretaker, flanked by assistant and former striker Jonatan Johansson. And they need a win as they’re sitting three points behind Aberdeen.

“A manager or coach can say different things in the dressing room pre-match to try and motivate and organise their group,” said Nicholl. “But when the players get out in front of the fans they have to take personal pride in their performance.

“You have to want to win your individual battles and early tackles to put that wee bit of fear into your opponent and ask questions of them, especially here at Ibrox.”

Nicholl confirmed that David Bates has trained with the squad this week as he recovers from an ankle injury but Josh Windass and Lee Hodson have picked up knocks. Wes Foderingham (shoulder) and Declan John (hand) remain out.

Our unique algorithm has predicted the Rangers side it believes will start Saturday’s game at Ibrox.

Football Whispers uses data to predict teams’ starting XIs, taking into account injuries, suspensions, the statistical likelihood of a player being selected, the competition the match is in, players’ previous performances and the opponent’s style.

And you can also give it a go yourself. Just click ‘create your own’ on the line-up at the top of the page and pick your ideal XI for the game. You can also see each player’s stats once you’ve selected them.

When you’re happy with your team, press confirm and you’ll be able to share it with your friends via social media.

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