It's Friday at last and there's nothing better than moving down through the working gears towards a weekend of football and, in particular, a Saturday afternoon at Ibrox Stadium. A good chat with mates on the journey through, a couple of beers and a sing-song in your Rangers pub of choice and the enjoyment of seeing a few goals in an arena that never fails to take one's breath away on approach. Heaven on earth!
Indeed, the last few years have (or should have) made the Rangers support more appreciative of such days out. Inconsistent footballing product or not, in 2012, our club was in very real danger of no longer existing. Bizarre then that just two short years later, its future is again a desperate one. A 36% downturn in season ticket sales and a non-existent (or at least severely hampered) fan/club/investor relationship means that, once again, instead of talking formations on our forums we're discussing financials. What does the future hold? Quite simply, for all our analysis, we're only guessing - back to the football then for some much needed respite.
One thing is for sure, tomorrow's visit of Queen of the South should be an interesting one. In fact the Doonhamers are above us in the league and we'll need no reminding of their recent wins at Ibrox. Add in a less than brilliant start to the campaign from our club Queens will offer a stern test on Saturday.
The good news is that Rangers have come off the back of four solid wins in three different competitions. Moreover, while the standard of the opposition hasn't always been great, there has been periods of good football from the team with the long ball from last season certainly not as evident so far this term. In fact with an average of over 3 goals a game already this season, it seems chances and goals can be expected again tomorrow afternoon.
Onto the team then and because of our recent run, there can't be many changes to the starting XI envisaged for tomorrow. The likes of Ian Black, Kenny Miller and Fraser Aird have been injured of late but none have really been missed with the former banished to the bench for the last few matches. In fact, the manager's only headache of note as it stands is the wide right of midfield role. Last season this was normally taken up by Aird but his injury means the likes of David Templeton and Arnold Peralta have featured their in recent games. I'd expect the latter to start tomorrow with the Honduran helping create the clinching goal in Airdrie on Tuesday night.
Barring late injuries the rest of the team should be along the usual lines although Ally McCoist may be tempted to introduce recent (re)signing Lee Robinson after Steve Simonsen's midweek blunder.
Probable team (4-1-3-2):