Hateley's Ibrox return: Scottish football

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Mark Hateley could make his return to Ibrox for Rangers against Dunfermline today after completing his suspension, imposed after he was sent off against Celtic last month.

Smith's side are seven points clear of their Glasgow rivals in the title race with just five games left as they try to win their ninth title in a row.

Rangers have lost their last two home games, to Dundee United and Kilmarnock, and have a number of injury problems. Midfielders Ian Ferguson and Charlie Miller are both suspended but Hateley, back for a second spell at the club following a move from Queen's Park Rangers, can return after his dismissal at Celtic Park.

Hateley is sure to be given a huge welcome by the Ibrox fans after scoring more than 100 goals in his first spell. Erik Bo Andersen could also come into contention, but the match is too early for Paul Gascoigne to return.

While Rangers stay in Glasgow, Tommy Johnson is expected to make his Celtic debut against Raith at Stark's Park. Johnson will wear the hoops for the first time at Kirkcaldy after his pounds 2.4m transfer from Aston Villa.

The 26-year-old Geordie cannot wait for his first taste of Scottish football and could be joined in the Celtic line-up by the Italian Paolo Di Canio who is available again after a ban.

However, Peter Grant and Malky Mackay are both serving suspensions which will mean that they will miss the Tennents Scottish Cup semi-final with Falkirk.

Kilmarnock aim to maintain their impressive recent form against Hearts at Rugby Park after victories over Celtic and Rangers in recent weeks.

Hearts will be without John Robertson. The 32-year-old striker, who is one goal short of equalling Jimmy Wardhaugh's club Scottish League goal-scoring record, is out after having knee surgery.

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