It could be said that the players of Partick pulled out a positive result last time out, as they took a point last Saturday afternoon when the team had a 1:1 draw away from home against Motherwell.
They were set as slight underdogs and it should be said that the players of the home team did have the upper hand during the match, but failed to take the lead in the first halftime even though they had some good chances and deserved it.
Instead of it, Partick took the lead bit against the flow of the match, with a goal from Dooland in 53rd minute, while the hosts managed to reply via Ciftci in 79th minute – without having that extra effort later on to completely revert the scoreline.
The side is now at tenth position with four points more than rock bottom placed Ross County, but also just five below play-off placed Kilmarnock on sixth position. Midfielder Steven Lawless (19/1) and defender Callum Booth (4/0) are both doubtful for this clash, while defender Christie Elliot (7/0) remains injured, as well as midfielders Gary Fraser (5/0) and Stuart Bannigan (6/0).
Rangers, on the other side, have suffered quite unexpected defeat last time out, as the side welcomed Hibernian and stood defeated with a 1:2 result last Saturday afternoon. They were huge favorites before the game has started but the first halftime looked more balanced one than what was expected to be, with the Hibs taking the lead via McGinn in 41st minute.
Even though Rangers was way better in the second halftime and found a way to equalize in 73rd minute with a goal from Goss, they were quickly back in the scoreline from the penalty kick taken by Maclaren in 75th minute not being able to respond back due to mostly nervous game style.
The side now stands on third position but with just two points more than fourth placed Hibernian, while second placed Aberdeen now has six points lead in comparison to them and the Rangers are in a must win situation here in order to keep their chances for the second position.
Guests will miss defenders Bruno Alves (14/0), Lee Wallace (5/0) who is also a team captain, but also Ross McCrorie (16/1). Midfielders Ryan Jack (17/0) and Graham Dorrans (10/5) are also injured and out.
~ Last five mutual matches of these two at Partick’s ended with both teams scoring.
Partick comes from two good results away from home and are entering this match with a boosted morale, surely seeking their chance to walk away with something here. Rangers, on the other side, must reply with much better performance and remains quite a favorite to obtain all three points.
With Partick playing much more open in front of own crowd, goals are very likely here with the visitors anyway having potential to score three alone.