Hibernian v Rangers preview: Gers need to 'buck their ideas up'
Last Updated: 12/05/18 3:07pm
Caretaker boss Jimmy Nicholl says the current crop at Rangers will have to seriously "buck their ideas up" for next season.
The Ibrox side can claw themselves to a second-place finish if they better Aberdeen's result in the final weekend of the season.
But chairman Dave King will be expecting much more from the team under former Liverpool skipper Gerrard next term.
It is expected Gerrard will start a clear out as soon as he takes over on June 1, with as many as a dozen squad members facing uncertain futures.
Nicholl admits standards have slipped over the past 12 months but he has not ruled out the possibility that some of the players may still have a role to play next season.
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"You have got to make sure you are strong enough to beat Celtic," said the Northern Irishman ahead of Sunday's trip to Hibernian. "It's up to the new manager to decide how many he is short of doing that.
"There is a good group but sometimes they haven't shown that. They certainly didn't show it in those two Celtic games recently.
"But I know what they are like and I know that when Steven comes in, when standards are set and demands put on them, there will be some who will be able to handle it and some who will not."
Hibernian winger Martin Boyle will miss the final Ladbrokes Premiership match of the season.
Boyle pulled a hamstring during Wednesday's derby defeat to Hearts.
David Gray is pushing for his first appearance in six months following an Achilles injury, while goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw remains out with a shoulder problem.
Key Rangers trio Ross McCrorie, Graham Dorrans and Alfredo Morelos will miss the Ibrox side's final game.
Gers head to Easter Road looking for the win which will keep their dream of finishing second in the Premiership alive - but will have to do with suspended duo McCrorie and Morelos, while Dorrans is sidelined after damaging knee ligaments against Aberdeen.
Josh Windass (hip) has rejoined training after missing two games but Wes Foderingham (shoulder), Declan John (broken hand) and Ryan Jack (knee) remain out, while skipper Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller are unavailable due to a club suspension.