Rangers rely on youth

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Rangers can recall a glittering array of talent to play alongside Paul Gascoigne for tomorrow's visit to Hearts, yet the 18-year-old Brian McGinty may still retain his place in midfield.

McGinty made his first appearance of the season in last Saturday's 4- 1 win over Hibernian at Easter Road and, despite squad recalls for Brian Laudrup, Stuart McCall and David Robertson, McGinty may yet make the starting line-up.

"It is the second leg of a difficult away double for us but we want to carry on where we left off at Easter Road," Walter Smith, their manager, said.

Kilmarnock's Gary Holt, who spent a frustrating time kicking his heels at Parkhead after being signed by the then manager Lou Macari, returns there today hoping to haunt Celtic.

Holt was prevented from playing a competitive game for Celtic for a year after signing by an SFA ruling, because he had bought himself out of the army.

"Gary has impressed me in recent reserve games, so he is in the team to play Celtic," his manager, Alex Totten, said.

Celtic trail Rangers by four points and their manager, Tommy Burns, facing his old club, is looking to maintain the form shown in last week's impressive 3-1 home win over Hearts.

Motherwell's recent run is reaching crisis point as they take on the injury-hit Hibernian at Fir Park without a win in their last seven league games.

Partick will be without the injured goalkeeper, Nicky Walker, when they face the Coca-Cola Cup winners Aberdeen, complete with new signing Dean Windass, at Firhill. Scott Booth and Theo Snelders will not travel with Roy Aitken's squad.

Raith go to Falkirk with Jimmy Nicholl, Premier Division manager of the month, adding the Bristol City full-back Mark Humphries to his squad. But Nicholl has failed in an attempt to sign the Bosnian striker Dino Valentic, with Raith being refused a work permit because his international record does not measure up.

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