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Alex McLeish has backed Rangers to return to winning ways in the Scottish Premiership against Kilmarnock on Saturday afternoon.

The Bears will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing 1-1 draw against bottom side Hamilton last weekend at the Fountain of Youth Stadium.

McLeish has claimed it will be “extremely difficult” though, with Tommy Wright starting his reign in charge of Killie at Ibrox.

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Speaking exclusively to Ibrox News, McLeish said, “I expect them to win.

“After the fright at Hamilton, that was a reminder for them that nothing is won yet, despite all of the rejoicings. They have to get back in behind the wheel and drive their superiority home.

“There will be a new man in the opposite dugout, who will surely give his players a real big lift and it’s normally the new manager syndrome.

“Tommy has been around the block, he will have them organised and I would assume that he will be making them extremely difficult to beat.”

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There is no doubting that the Kilmarnock squad will have a point to prove.

Unfortunately for them, so do Rangers.

Allan McGregor labelled the performance at Hamilton as “rubbish” before admitting that the squad can’t sit back, relax and believe the title race is over, or it will come back to bite them.

Another game without a win would be a huge blow to the Bears, who have built this unbeatable reputation, something that has been slightly weakened.

Three points with a huge gap would certainly quiet some of the doubters, and that’s what we all expect and want this afternoon.

In other Rangers news, McLeish claims Bears squad have let down Cedric Itten recently

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