Rangers vs Raith Rovers. Scottish Championship.
Friday 4 September 2015 20:20, UK
Rangers will include Ryan Hardie in their squad for their home Scottish Championship clash with Raith on Saturday despite the row between the clubs over the player's availability for the match.
The Kirkcaldy side approached the SFA's compliance officer Tony McGlennan on Thursday night to raise the issue of a possible rule breach by the Ibrox club.
Rangers had asked the association on Monday if Hardie could be released from Scotland U19 duty early in order to be in Mark Warburton's squad this weekend.
He was granted his recall, meaning he left the group which was playing two friendly matches in Bulgaria after the first fixture, but Raith felt that might break regulations.
Their grievance stemmed from the fact they would not pay for their own player in the travelling pool, Craig Wighton, to return home for the game whereas Rangers did pay for Hardie's journey.
He should take a place on the bench for the league game in Glasgow as Warburton's men look to build on eight wins at the start of the season, with 30 goals scored.
Club captain Lee Wallace has been passed fit despite coming off in the first half of last week's 5-1 victory against Queen of the South in Dumfries.
But goalkeeper Cammy Bell remains out, while David Templeton and Tom Walsh are also expected to miss out.
Warburton expects Raith to come to Ibrox and play with no pressure after often finding himself in the role of underdog with his old Brentford side last season.
He said: "The opposition can go there with little expectation and enjoy themselves. Last year if we were going away as the smaller team in the English Championship we would always use that.
"You're not expected to win, just play fearless football, enjoy yourself, give 100 per cent and see where it leaves you.
"It can work both ways. You can go to Ibrox and be inspired as a team, look at the surroundings, the quality of the pitch, a 50,000 sell-out and say 'what's not to enjoy about this?'.
"We have to make sure we do our job, try to dominate possession, create chances and score goals."