Pedro, a man with dignity - Rangers v Dundee

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It has been three weeks since our last home game fixture versus Hearts and it certainly feels like it. Last month's victory over Ross County at Dingwall was a great confidence boost but there is nothing like getting back to Ibrox for the next home game after the indifference of the international break.

Much has also been discussed regarding the after-match exploits and product being delivered from BT Sport. Without wasting any more breath on individuals who are continually bereft of respect and civility, it’s fair to say many Rangers fans who feel they are not receiving value for money from a product, no matter what it is, would be justified in taking their money elsewhere. Think carefully about which media packages you subscribe too!

We host Dundee this Saturday at 3pm, a match which is already a sell-out with the only live coverage being from RangersTV - a service that is worth your money. It's great to see another full house at Ibrox as our supporters continue to show why we remain loyal and have so many admirers worldwide. This Saturday is also Armed Forces Day which is always a fantastic occasion every year. Men and women from the Army, Navy and the RAF will be attending as we salute their continued courage and selflessness in defending the shores of our country. There will be bands outside the Argyle House restaurant from 1pm and bands in the fan zone from 2-2.30pm before kick-off. In addition, there will be various other entertainment from our armed forces. Volunteers will be collecting for charities such as AA Veterans Support in Northern Ireland and the Coming Home Centres in Govan and Erskine. I’m sure all Bears will continue to support our brave men and women as much as they always have. More information is available here.

The last time we faced Dundee was back in February when we suffered a 2-1 defeat away at Dens Park. Joe Garner scoring in the second half in what was one of Graeme Murty’s games in charge before Pedro arrived. Of the starting eleven that day, only four remain at the club. This being an indication of the massive changes that Pedro is trying to oversee, and bring us success. The first half performance was awful that day as we looked lacklustre and asleep. Although our second half efforts were much improved we couldn’t find the killer touch to turn the game around. Since then former 'Ger Neil McCann (someone who knew how to conduct himself as an analyst on TV) took over from Paul Hartley and McCann's side arrive after earning a hard-earned draw in their last match at home. They will look to build on that and I would suggest they will sit back and soak up the pressure, much like Hearts did in our last fixture at home. We should look to be patient and try to break them down, something we found unable to do in that fixture.

Our last match against Ross County saw us have more success and we were able to create more chances from open play. Two goals from Morelos, who looks like a fantastic signing already, and one from Herrerra saw us run out 3-1 victors in what was a tricky overall fixture. The one glaring change from the starting line-up required this week should be Niko, who with the best will in the world, just doesn’t have the legs for it any more. Along with Miller he should be used as an impact player from the bench when the situation requires it.

There have been some great suggestions on the forum for the midfield and one I particularly liked was Rossiter and Jack holding, which would leave Dorrans with space to get forward and play in positions where he can create more. Potentially having Candeias and Herrera either side of him. Leaving Morelos through the middle. Alternatively, once Pena is fit he could be given the freedom to get forward and perhaps Dorrans moving to the left? We are not short of options it’s just finding the right recipe for success.

Our back line pretty much picks itself with Tavernier, Wallace, Cardoso and Bruno with Wes in goal. Bruno just oozes class and although he hasn’t faced anyone of any real note yet, we would hope he has the class required to cope with most of what our league throws at him. Our back line is without question far superior than last season and the main reason for that is the arrival of Alves.

Nevertheless the manager will once again be under scrutiny from many of our support who still, quite rightly to be fair, have their reservations. Pedro has polarised opinion across supporters with some taking to him and some left baffled by his decisions and statements. I genuinely hope he succeeds but it’s been breath-taking to read and listen to the comments from the media which have been used to ridicule our manager. There is a very sinister undercurrent of parochial xenophobia amongst many of the hacks and the hysteria over Pedro’s comments when using what is not his first language, remains quite ridiculous. Yet he has conducted himself with marvellous decorum and professionalism - something which those he is addressing could only dream of possessing.

No matter, these people won't stop us enjoying a fantastic day as Armed Forces Day always is. The weather forecast for Saturday is set fair and the sun looks like it may make its last appearance of the summer! After all the criticism the manager has taken it would be great to see the team provide us with a commanding performance and victory. It would certainly make us all feel a lot better over the weekend and those who would use any avenue to demean us, feel a lot worse.

As such, I’m sure all our support will get behind the team on Saturday and hopefully be patient as we endeavour to break down what will be a stubborn Dundee defence. I’m going to predict a 3-0 victory with Morelos first goal scorer and a team along the lines of the image below.

Possible team (4-4-2):

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