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Ibrox Stadium (ATT 50,239) 15th August 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Tumilty

Rangers Rangers vs Falkirk Falkirk

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C Finnigan (24)

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Mendes blow for SPL holders; Stewart misses out for visitors

Last Updated: 14/08/09 3:56pm

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Smith: Begins against Falkirk

Smith: Begins against Falkirk

Rangers begin the defence of their SPL title with a home clash against Falkirk on Saturday.

Gers manager Walter Smith has been dealt a blow with the news Pedro Mendes is out for the weekend.

The midfielder has been ruled out with a thigh strain while Nacho Novo has a dislocated shoulder.

Adding to Smith's selection woes are Sasa Papac and Kyle Lafferty, who are suspended.

Kevin Thomson will be in the squad but is unlikely to start after a lengthy lay-off from competitive action with a serious knee injury.

Mark Stewart is the only absentee from Falkirk's squad for the fixture.

The forward suffered a groin injury earlier in pre-season and is around two weeks away from a comeback.

Josh Wagenaar comes into the squad after signing earlier this week but Robert Olejnik will continue in goal.

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1 Celtic 16 38
2 Inverness CT 16 32
3 Dundee United 16 31
4 Aberdeen 16 31
5 Hamilton Academical 16 30
6 St Johnstone 16 23
7 Kilmarnock 16 21
8 Dundee 16 20
9 Partick Thistle 16 19
10 Motherwell 16 11
11 Ross County 16 9
12 St Mirren 16 8

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