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RANGERS take on Queen of the South today and we have live match updates, build up and more on your club website here:
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH have not played in the top flight of Scottish football more than 50 years and they will be looking to capitalise on beating the Light Blues twice already this season.
The Doonhamers meet at Palmerston before a return leg at Ibrox on May 17 (tickets available for £5) and both sides will be looking for an advantage from the first leg in Dumfries.
James Fowler’s men finished the Championship campaign in fourth place and today’s match is the first of up to six games both the Light Blues and the Doonhamers will have to play to reach the Premiership.
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FIVE FAST FACTS
- Bobby Shearer (1965-66), Harold Davis (1970-71), Davie Wilson (1987-89), Ian McCall (2005-07) and Allan Johnston (2012-13) have all managed Queen of the South having played for Rangers. Gus MacPherson also managed Queens (2011-12) having been at Rangers earlier in his career without making any league appearances.
- The nickname ‘Doonhamers’ comes from the position of Dumfries in the south of Scotland with its residents talking of returning ‘Down home’ or ‘Doon hame’.
- Rock band Status Quo will be performing at Palmerston Park this summer. It will be the first time the home ground of Queen of the South has hosted a live concert.
- Bob McPhail is Rangers’ top scorer in league matches against Queen of the South having scored 12 goals, with Billy Simpson one behind him on 11. Don Kitchenbrand holds the record for most goals in one game in the fixture, he scored five times as Rangers beat Queen of the South 8-0 in March 1956.
- Rangers’ biggest victory over Queen of the South came in 1956 when they ran up an 8-0 scoreline and they have also recorded a 7-0 win in 1960. In a two-legged League Cup tie in 1963, Rangers were 10-4 aggregate winners after winning both legs 5-2.
MANAGER PREVIEW: James Fowler
“We know their main threats but you are always looking for an edge. It’s small margins at this time of the season. The lads are looking forward to it. It’s been a long, hard season but the only pressure we’ll have on us is what we put on ourselves.
“Our aim was always to finish in the top four and now we’ve done that but obviously we’d still love to get there.
“Hopefully I’ll have a full squad to choose from. Paul Burns has also trained this week. It’s probably come a bit soon for him but it’s great to see him back in with the lads.” (via the Daily Record)
PLAYER PREVIEW: Andy Dowie
“We’ve beaten Rangers twice at Palmerston this season and I’m surprised a lot has been made of our artificial playing surface. Rangers have played loads of games over the last two years – and this season – on astroturf so I don’t really know why that’s been an issue.
“We should just look at both team’s performances over the two games and then you will see why the results were what they were. Of course we don’t get the credit we deserve but it’s always going to be like that because Hibs, Hearts and Rangers shouldn’t really be in this league.
“They’re going to get all the coverage but we understand that and it doesn’t bother us in the slightest. We just work away quietly and we’ve had a great season again.” (via the Daily Record)
MANAGER PROFILE: James Fowler
James Fowler played the majority of his football for Kilmarnock.He played over 400 times for Killie, scoring 10 goals, and was awarded with a testimonial against Sheffield Wednesday in 2012.
After a long career at Rugby Park, Fowler joined Queen of the South as Jim McIntyre’s number two in a player/coach role. After three games as caretaker manager, he then took over as McIntyre’s permanent replacement.
Capped twice in 2000 by the Scotland under-21 team, he was rewarded for his development with a late call up to the Scotland B squad against Finland in February 2007 where he played the last 25 minutes in a 2-2 draw at Rugby Park.
ONE TO WATCH: Gavin Reilly
REILLY signed a part-time deal with Queens in July 2010 after turning down the offer of a Modern Apprenticeship place in favour of a non-football apprenticeship.
The striker made his debut soon after and scored against Dumbarton but then spent most of the rest of the season on loan to Gretna 2008. Reilly is an attacker known for his pace, quick thinking and intelligent movement and positioning.
He is a prolific goalscorer and made his name after scoring 15 goals in 22 starts during season 2012/13 and then a further 12 goals in 19 league starts in 2013/14. Reilly scored his first senior hat trick on 1 September 2012 in a 6-0 win against Arbroath and this season he has kicked on again, netting 14 goals in 37 appearances so far in all competitions, including two against Rangers.