Football: Rangers receive a boost

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RANGERS, who travel to Dundee United, could be on the way to recovery today by welcoming back several players. Their goalkeeper, Ally Maxwell, and defenders David Robertson, Dave McPherson and Fraser Wishart are all available again, while Stuart McCall and Ally McCoist are possible candidates.

The United midfielder, Dave Bowman, is back from suspension and is certain to return but Dave Narey, Gary Bollan and Chris Myers are injured.

Celtic, drifting aimlessly in the lower regions of the table, try to begin the long road to recovery against bottom-of-the-table Dundee at Parkhead.

Pat Bonner, the Celtic goalkeeper who has played in every match this season, is suffering from a kidney complaint and is doubtful for both today's match and the Republic of Ireland's World Cup match against Spain on Wednesday.

Gordon Marshall stands by while the midfielder, John Collins, is poised for a comeback, three weeks after suffering a knee injury. Frank McAvennie and Andy Payton are both injured.

Dundee are ready to introduce their latest signing, the Canadian international striker, Dominic Mobillio, who played for 10 minutes as a substitute in midweek. Dundee's player-manager, Jim Duffy, rates himself as 50-50 with an ankle problem.

Hibernian, the surprise leaders, are unchanged for their visit to Motherwell, where the home side hope to have the international midfielder, Phil O'Donnell, available.