Steven Gerrard’s side will try to get one step closer to the title if they welcome the terror

Rangers aim to take another big step towards the Premiership title when they face Dundee United at Ibrox

Steven Gerrard’s team only needs 12 points to guarantee a first championship since 2011 and could win it next month at Celtic Park

Fans will be counting down to the moment the title is secured, but another big milestone is on the agenda today

If Rangers avoid defeat, they mathematically seal a return to the Champions League after a decade from Europe’s most important competition

You have to do without James Tavernier after the captain injured himself in Antwerp while Kemar Roofe is also out

A Dundee United team is standing in their way and seems to have turned a corner lately

A dismal string of results made Micky Mellon’s side look over their shoulders, but they have two wins against Ross County and Livingston

With Lawrence Shankland up front, you are always in danger of scoring and no love is lost between the two sides

Rangers: McGregor, Balogun, Goldson, Helander, Barisic, Davis, Jack, Aribo, Kent, Hagi, Morelos Subs: McLaughlin, Simpson, Kamara, Wright, Stewart, Arfield, König, Defoe, Itten

Dundee United: Siegrist, LSmith, Reynolds, Clark, Edwards, Robson, Metzger, Harkes, Shankland, Appere, Fuchs Subs: Deniz, Sporle, Connolly, McNulty, Hoti, Chalmers, Bolton, Neilson, KBlacksmith

That was an odd game in that the Terror started off really well and asked some real questions of the Rangers’ defense

Micky Mellon will be upset at the second goal and lose it so quickly after the first

After the second goal was scored, the Ibrox men, unsurprisingly, put into gear and took total control

Kudos to Joe Aribo and Lawrence Shankland for being the best players on the pitch and a joy at times

Brilliant run and flank from Balogun and Siegrist do just enough to keep Morelos from reaching the end of the flank

He’s holding it down and the shot is well aimed at a group of bodies

A brilliant run from Aribo on the right ends with a drilled shot that Hagi finds

He’s not James Tavernier, but he’s giving it his all and so far he looks comfortable when he bursts forward

A good shot from the Wideman, but it’s good height and McGregor lets it out

Jack didn’t look injured when he came off the field, but you can’t imagine that this was a tactical decision

Joe Aribo chops left and right to clear a yard before shooting a low shot in the corner

Aribo picks up again after a clearance and haunts two challenges, but can’t find Morelos

Great game from the Nigerian Will this bring the rest of his fellow Rangers colleagues to life?

Butcher gets free on the contact line and shoots a delicious cross through the six-yard box

The striker shows great feet for skipping a challenge in midfield before slipping into Clark

The former Rangers striker crosses for Appere, but McGregor knocks him out and stops the danger with a sliding save

Steven Davis cuts the ball over the top for Joe Aribo and it almost gets there before Swiss goalkeeper Ben Siegrist knocks his fists away

He takes an extra touch and that seems to have been crucial as McGregor was off like lightning and was able to block an attempt at a sunk shot

That was a very sharp game by the Scottish striker and he looks confident but the goalkeeper did a good job

It doesn’t look too much in it, but the Colombian winces in pain and lies on the deck

No chance to speak and Micky Mellon will be pleased with the structure and discipline shown

The game means a lot to us. The players have to leave everything out there for the cause

You beat Livingston 3-0 last week, but Micky Mellon made two more changes

He’s a central defender by trade, but the great Nigerian is also experienced in being on the right side

While he’s fast and powerful, he’s the first to admit that he won’t be a photocopy of his irreplaceable captain

It will be interesting to see how he deals with the offending elements of the role

Few surprises in this starting XI when the manager rotates his squad to keep it fresh

The attacking triumvate of Morelos, Kent and Hagi is arguably the most creative of the club against a low block

Steven Davis could take a break, but there is no one who can create better from the depths, so his choices make sense

Dundee United: Siegrist, LSmith, Reynolds, Clark, Edwards, Robson, Metzger, Harkes, Shankland, Appere, Fuchs Subs: Deniz, Sporle, Connolly, McNulty, Hoti, Chalmers, Bolton, Neilson, KBlacksmith

Rangers: McGregor, Balogun, Goldson, Helander, Barisic, Davis, Jack, Aribo, Kent, Hagi, Morelos Subs: McLaughlin, Simpson, Kamara, Wright, Stewart, Arfield, König, Defoe, Itten

Steven Gerrard believes that Dundee United’s rivalry with his side means they will arrive at Ibrox “ready to fight”

Micky Mellons United were beaten 4-0 on their last visit to Glasgow but they are not alone in the Light Blues home game Gerrard’s undefeated team can boast a 100 percent league record in Govan

With rivalry going on there, we know United will come to Ibrox to fight for everything

They did that in the first game at Ibrox, but unfortunately we were really in top shape the day they met us

Mickey is a manager that I really respect and I know he will fire his troops

But the focus will be on us. Our home form was excellent this season, 14 out of 14 in the league. We want to improve that.

Micky Mellon admits the rewards are “huge” as Dundee United seeks to bolster their top 6 hopes by breaking the 100 percent home record of runaway Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers

With just four games to go, United are behind sixth-placed St. only on goal difference following consecutive wins against Ross County and Livingston Mirren

Champions Elect Rangers, 15 points ahead of Old Firm’s rival Celtic, are bidding at Ibrox around 15 this season Place in a row and have only cashed once on home soil

The Terror were beaten 4-0 when they last met Steven Gerrard’s men in Glasgow, but manager Mellon wants his players to take a fearless approach on Sunday

We know the size of the task, but why not try? Why not go and believe

We will go there full of optimism believing that we can answer the questions correctly And get excited about it

What an opportunity, just look at the size of the prize – the size of the prize is huge and well worth fighting for So let’s go ahead and try it

We all know the size of the Rangers as a football club and the team that put them together

But we just have to go down and try to be the best versions of ourselves

A lot of questions are asked of us and we know that we must get all or most of them right to get there and get a result

Confident Steven Gerrard has always been ambitious as a player, so it’s not surprising that he would like to shoot for the stars as a manager

But even by its standards, the realistic prospect of a Scottish club competing for European trophies may seem like an escape from the imagination

And yet he does not rule out that it will happen at some point – and at the same time admits that he is always sensitive to looking too far into the future

Europe is very important to us The league is the bread and butter, but Europe is so important

I would like to have a national cup on my résumé, but financially this club will not function the way we want it without European funds

We may be able to fight for European trophies in the years to come, but we have to be careful not to look too far ahead We understand that the supporters can be excited, but we also have to be realistic about where we are

We put ourselves in a really strong position against Antwerp to end the job

We will take up every challenge as it comes, but there is no harm in aiming as high as possible

Rangers only need one point against Dundee United on Sunday to guarantee their return to the Champions League

In an undefeated season, Steven Gerrard’s side have only four title wins that could be officially sealed at Celtic Park next month

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