Scottish Football: Hateley back at Ibrox

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Several recent meetings between Celtic and Rangers have been labelled the "derby of the decade", but for Glasgow fans it might not be too great an exaggeration tomorrow, when the men from Ibrox head for Parkhead in search of crucial Premier Division points.

Rangers, who are desperate to equal Celtic's cherished record of nine successive titles set under the late Jock Stein between 1966 and 1974, are five points ahead of their arch rivals. However, they have major injury problems, which has led to a return to Ibrox for the 35-year-old Mark Hateley.

Rangers have paid Queen's Park Rangers around pounds 300,000 to re-sign the centre-forward they sold to the Loftus Road club for pounds 1m 18 months ago. They need him because Gordon Durie has joined a sick and injured list which also includes Erik Bo Andersen, Peter van Vossen and Sebastian Rozental.

Tomorrow Hateley may join Ally McCoist, 34, in an experienced Rangers front-line. Andy Goram has both knee and rib injuries so Andy Dibble may make his debut in goal, while their captain Richard Gough may return after missing three games with a calf strain.

Celtic ended their nine-match, 22-month, winless run in the Old Firm fixture with an emphatic 2-0 Tennents Scottish Cup quarter-final victory 10 days ago. Paolo Di Canio is doubtful with a hamstring injury but Tom Boyd returns after suspension.

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