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SPFL Championship weekend preview: Saturday 20th December 2014

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With one Championship side now accepting applications for a vacancy and another trying not to accept that they have a vacancy and refuse to answer queries for a job they are desperately trying to make their current manager vacate it … it couldn’t get any weirder could it? Well, let’s see…

Match of the Day

Rangers v Livingston

There really won’t be any other game in this league that comes close to having all the ingredients necessary to ensure that the media camp outside it. This is more than just about a team that has no manager up against a team that has a manager that doesn’t want to be there. It is also about two teams that last time out lost. It’s about two teams that both need the points. It’s about two teams that need to show their supporters they are up for the fight. For Rangers it was under the cloud of their manager having handed in his notice and beginning to work it that they crashed against Queen of the South. For the Lions, having lost to Falkirk, it was the end of the road for their manager, John McGlynn, who left thereafter. For Rangers, Lee Wallace returns from the long injury list whilst Mark Burchill will take charge of the Lions for today. This is an odd one to call as Rangers did not respond well to the news that Ally McCoist was wanting to leave last weekend when they were in Dumfries. Will they manage to drag themselves out of the doldrums to keep the gap with leaders, Hearts down to single figures? Will Livingston manage to drag themselves out of the doldrums to keep up with ninth placed Cowdenbeath? By quarter to five we shall know and if Rangers are not three points to the good then McCoist might just be toast sooner rather than later.

Heart of Midlothian v Alloa Athletic sees a home team that was idle last weekend up against the team that lost to Hibs. Robbie Neilson’s side should manage to win this one but Barry Smith’s Alloa should not make it easy. Queen of the South v Cowdenbeath has a home side that was the media’s secondary focus a week ago last Friday evening against a side that was idle. James Fowler’s side are only four points behind Rangers so they will have a tremendous incentive, if things go bad at Ibrox (Unlikely eh?), to take advantage and close the gap. For me the Doonhamers should have enough to see past Jimmy Nichol’s side but again the Blue Brazil will not make it easy.

Raith Rovers v Hibernian appears slightly easier to call. The Kirkcaldy side lost to Dumbarton last weekend whilst Hibs beat Alloa. I think Hibs should trot back down the east coast with all three points. Finally Dumbarton v Falkirk has two teams that recorded wins last time out. The Sons should be on the up and being at home have an advantage; I don’t think that the Bairns shall come without tremendous confidence. It is likely to be an away win.

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A lifelong supporter, since seeing Alex Ferguson play for them, of Ayr United he now contributes here, at KickTalk and Ringside Reports for things sporty. He is also a theatrical type and an educationalist. As an Ayr fan he clearly can explain the inexplicable, place fanatical faith in the most fantastic of dreams and deal with dark periods of depression and disappointment. Perfect as a teacher..

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