Gascoigne back for Rangers

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With a third of the Scottish League Premier Division campaign remaining, Rangers lead by a single point from Celtic. Walter Smith's champions will have Paul Gascoigne back for today's visit to Partick while Celtic, unbeaten in 19 Premier games, meet Hibernian at Parkhead.

The Celtic manager, Tommy Burns, who has Andreas Thom back after a two- match injury absence, believes long-suffering captain Paul McStay has been a different man since lifting the Scottish Cup last May. "I have seen a remarkable transformation in him as a person," Burns said as Celtic pursue their first title since 1988.

Hibs have won only once in 1996 and crashed out of the Scottish Cup against Kilmarnock last week. Joe McLaughlin makes his debut in defence after arriving from Falkirk but Steven Tweed, Gordon Hunter and Gareth Evans are injured and Darren Dods and Pat McGinlay banned.

Although Gascoigne is back after suspension for Rangers, Richard Gough might be missing at Thistle with a back problem while Gordon Durie (groin) is doubtful. The Dutch international Peter van Vossen is poised to make his full debut.