ANDREW VORCE - Friday, December 2, 2011
The Yanks at Rangers will look to bounce back from their current slump while Dominic Cervi and Morton visit second-place Falkirk.
Rangers - Dunfermline
Ally McCoist will be calling on his Maurice Edu and his teammates to get Rangers back on their winning ways.
The Rangers boss will surely be unhappy with his teams recent slump in performance levels and will be looking to take their frustrations out on tenth placed Dunfermline.
US National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra is out for two weeks with a small tear in his hamstring, while compatriot Alejandro Bedoya looks to play a part of the must win game.
Dunfermline will look to take points off of the stuttering Gers who have fallen to just a four point lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League. Jim McIntyre will have been looking to patch up the frailties exposed in their 2-1 loss at Celtic.
Key defender Austin McCann is still out with a hamstring injury, while Craig Easton and Martin Hardie also sit out.
Steven Bell, Jason Thomson, and Kevin Rutkiewicz are also sidelined for Dunfermline while Nick Phinn has rejoined training and will be looking to get minutes under his belt as soon as possible.
Falkirk - Greenock Morton
Dominic Cervi will look to get his first shut out away at Falkirk as Greenock Morton look to pick up points on the road.
Morton will assess the status of Fouad Bachirou, Ross Forsyth, and Stuart McCaffrey while monitoring any other players for knocks. Morton were dealt a blow in their last outing, only able to scrape together a draw at home against Queen of the South.
This time out Cervi and company will be looking to clean things up as second place Falkirk come knocking.
Falkirk boss Steven Pressley will demand a response from his squad after their 4-2 beating to third placed Dundee. With Dundee going into administration and being docked points, Pressley will want to distance himself from any other title contenders.
With Jay Fulton's 74th minute goal being the only notable piece of their defeat away from home, Falkirk will be looking to regain their credibility in front of their home faithful.