By Harvey Byrne

BBC pundit Steve Thompson has predicted Rangers to beat Partick Thistle on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 victory.

Mark Warburton’s side will travel to Firhill Stadium, where they will face a club who are currently second from bottom with just one point separating them from 12th placed Dundee.

Meanwhile, Rangers are sat in third place and a win could see them leapfrog Aberdeen, who are playing in the League Cup final on Sunday.

Thomspon, who played for Rangers and Scotland during his football career predicted a win for his former club, highlighting Partick Thistle’s poor record against the Gers.

“Partick Thistle 1-2 Rangers,”started Thompson on the BBC Sport website. “The reason I’m going to go for a Rangers win is because incredibly Partick Thistle haven’t beat Rangers since 1993 and the Christmas number one in 1993 was Mr. Blobby.

“Partick have suffered two straight defeats, one point off bottom and things aren’t looking good form them. Rangers have the opportunity to go second in the league with Aberdeen not playing and I think they’ll take it.”

Rangers have not played Partick Thistle since 2009, which saw the Ibrox side earn a 2-1 victory.

Warburton will be keen for his side to continue their four match unbeaten run with two wins and two draws from their previous fixtures.

However, the Thistle will put up a stern fight as they look to fight off relegation and they will also have the backing of the home support.

Rangers know the title is out of reach with fierce rivals Celtic 11 points clear, but they will be looking to secure a Europa League place after winning promotion last season.

In other Rangers news, here is the Gers expected line-up against Partick.