Glasgow Rangers play their first match as leaders of the Scottish Premiership for a number of years when they entertain Aberdeen at Ibrox on Wednesday evening, but will be without two stars for the clash.

The Gers hit the top spot on Sunday when they eased past Hearts, and Steven Gerrard will be looking for his side to do a similar job on the Dons, who may still be reeling from their defeat in the Betfred Cup final at Hampden Park on the same day.

Many judges expected a dramatic improvement in Rangers when the Liverpool legend arrived at the club in the summer, but maybe not quite a high number expected it to result in them being ahead of the rest in the first week of December, however that is very much the case.

In order to stay at the summit of the Premiership, the Gers need to ensure there is no slide in their levels, and that they successfully negotiate a real banana skin of a contest against Derek McInnes’ charges.

There was talk of Rangers having Borna Barisic and Ryan Kent back for the fixture, but this one comes too soon for the pair of them, although Gerrard is confident they will not be out for much longer.

“Everyone has come through the game fine, and we have no more injuries to add.” The Gers official website quotes him as saying.

Ryan Kent has done two days full training, so tomorrow will come too soon for him, but he is extremely close which is great news for him.

“Borna played 45 minutes [for the reserves on Monday] so he is getting there and he is very close to getting back in the squad.”

All eyes will be on the Rangers players during the Ibrox showdown to see if the pressure of being top of the table is a restrictive one, or something they relish. If it is the latter this could be a special season for the Glasgow giants.

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