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Artificial pitch not expected to worry Gers.

Byline: Dan Childs

AIRDRIE v RANGERS BT Sport 1, 7.45pm RANGERS will be stronger when their transfer embargo expires at the start of next month, but they have made a fine start to the season and can maintain their 100 per cent league record with an easy win at Airdrie, writes Dan Childs.

Gers boss Ally McCoist has suggested Airdrie's artificial pitch could be a leveller but the Diamonds won just one home game in the league last season and are struggling since relegation, taking just one point from two games.

Midfielders Nathan Blockley and Martin Hardie are injury doubts for Airdrie after missing Tuesday's 2-0 Challenge Cup defeat at home to Queen of the South.

Brazilian defender Emilson Cribari (groin) is a doubt for Rangers, who have won six of their last nine games by more than one goal, while striker Dean Shiels, whose long-term knee injury is unlikely to be done any favours by the artificial pitch, could be rested as he eases his way back.

Recommendation Rangers -1.5 on Asian handicap 1pt 1.98 BetVictor
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 23, 2013
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