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Rupert Wyman 2nd Feb 2010 - 19:56

Rangers' chance for silverware

Tomorrow allows followers of Scottish football a break from SPL action with a Scottish League Cup Semi Final at Hampden Park.

Rangers and St Johnstone will both be really fired up for this match. Rangers still harbour the idea that they can win the treble.

A win for Rangers would also put Celtic under more pressure, Mowbray's boys would need to up their game to ensure Rangers do not run away with the Championship.

It would also be very morale boosting for the squad to have a cup final on the horizon.

The Saints will try to emulate the squads of 1969 and 1998, who managed to reach the final of the competition.

It has been a quiet few days for the blue half of Glasgow, with all the media attention circling around Celtic, after their glamour signing Robbie Keane joined yesterday on loan at the Hoops until the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Rangers have gone about business as usual, although they have just sold one of their star midfielders, Pedro Mendes, to Sporting Lisbon to help reduce costs.

Bougherra decided not to extend his trip in Angola and has returned but he has been given a few days off by Walter Smith after his exertions in the African Cup. Beasley is struggling to be fit and has still not fully recovered from his thigh strain.

Miller and Edu are also not fully fit. Rangers concern is that with Mendes sold they are now lacking a quality flair player.

Lafferty may well start up front for Rangers as he is a confidence player and looks like he is in desperate need of a goal.

This is St Johnstone's first year back in the SPL after being crowned Scottish Division One Champions in 2009.

They are eighth in the League and are nine points above Falkirk languishing in the relegation zone, with a game in hand.

St Johnstone will have their new loan signing, Mark Connolly available after his arrival on loan from Bolton. He has been allowed to move to McDiarmid Park in order to gain first team experience.

Jody Morris should be fully fit after his concurrent problems with his pelvis and Murray Davidson will be fully fit after being under the weather. Jody Morris, vice captain of St Johnstone will be vital as he is a Uefa Cup Winners' Cup and FA Cup winner.

He has plenty of big match experience in the Premier League with Chelsea in the past and will help in keeping the less experienced players focused on the upset.

I can't realistically see Rangers not reaching the final, I would have two small risk, high reward bets, a Correct Score 3-2 Rangers ninety minute win at 25/1 and Jody Morris to score at any time 12/1. The 12/1 is decent value with St Johnstone likely to shoot from distance. I foresee both teams really going for the win with there being plenty of goals each half.





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