Caixinha: I'm glad Brown is free to play

The Scotland captain was red-carded against Ross County in last weekend's heated SPFL clash.

"We had a game against Rangers at home and he played right-back and did really well".

"It is going to be a very interesting match and..." To have the older players'. I'm not talking about possibilities, I'm talking about reality. The reality is Brown is going to play.

"There are still games to be played but we'll do our best and we'll give everything".

He is unlikely to escape punishment, though, with the midfielder's lunge on Staggies striker Liam Boyce judged a sending-off offence by referee Don Robertson.

After Rodgers chose to free his skipper for Sunday by appealing an SFA ban, opposite number Caixinha admitted he would do the same.

Caixinha added: "When someone comes and breaks the rules you have other rules to test those rules". If I speed and I can not afford to receive the ticket I will do something to avoid receiving it.

'Why not? It's the human side. "They know perfectly well what they have to do in each moment of the game".

'Of course if we were in the same situation we would do the same thing clearly'.

With Hampden being rebuilt, a ballot was held to determine whether the Old Firm semi-final would be held at Celtic Park or Ibrox.

The Light Blues support are praying their team can register their first derby triumph of the campaign at Hampden and halt Celtic's seemingly unstoppable charge towards a domestic clean sweep.

However, with Hill close to fitness, Caixinha will speak to the 37-year-old, who scored in last month's 1-1 draw at Parkhead, before naming his team.

Caixinha could bring back Lee Hodson, the Northern Ireland worldwide, but Dalziel reckons the 18-year-old full-back deserves to keep his place.

'Clint? Tomorrow we will see if he can be with us or not.

Rangers and their fans have been through the ringer in recent years, with the club entering into a liquidation process in 2012 that forced them to work their way back up the Scottish football pyramid - they only rejoined the Scottish Premier League last year.

'To have him in condition would make it an option'.

One of the Rangers Charity Foundation's latest projects aims to have a positive impact on people's recovery from addiction through football.

Nelson Suburbs are also back, after a four-year absence prompted by concerns over the financial viability of playing away, but at the same time, two notable names are absent - Mosgiel, who play in the Southern Premier League and are the only team from the country's four regional premier leagues not present; and Fencibles United, who now top the northern league's second division.

'I have no problem with that.

Vanessa Coleman

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