Rangers midfielder Pedro Mendes has been ruled out for at least two months with a knee injury. The Portuguese damaged his medial ligament in Wednesday's Champions League defeat by Unirea Urziceni.
Mendes, 29, will have the injury re-assessed when the swelling subsides. He has established himself as a first-team regular in Walter Smith's side.
The midfielder signed from English Premier League outfit Portsmouth for £3m in August 2008.
Mendes, whose shot deflected off Marius Bilasco to give Rangers an early lead against the Romanians at Ibrox, was replaced at half-time by Kyle Lafferty.
That will leave us to face arguably the worst Rangers side in history :
* Not long term , just a niggle , enough to miss Saturday
Assuming their team is
McGregor Whittaker Papac Weir Naismith McCulloch Rothen Thomson Davis Miller Lafferty (or something)
I'd say Hibs have a slightly better eleven on form at the moment. We have the better forwards and midfielders (Davis aside), and they have slightly better players at the back but are weak in the centre and lack pace.
My only worry for Saturday now is that the SFA will already have issued instructions to the referee .......when to award the penalty(s) to ensure they get back to level pegging and then how much additiional time should be added on to make sure they get a last gasp winner..........
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits
The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they do not know the game