Sep 27 2010 By Yann Tear
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NEIL WARNOCK has slapped a gagging order on QPR's former Crystal Palace players ahead of their trip to Selhurst Park.
Neither Shaun Derry (pictured) nor Clint Hill are allowed to go public on their thoughts about their return to south London at the weekend, with the Rangers boss anxious not to further inflame what is bound to be an emotional afternoon.
Warnock departed with bitter words from Eagles chairman Simon Jordan aimed in his direction about defecting to west London and home fans are unhappy with Derry and Hill for following the former Palace boss across town.
Before then, there is the small matter of another London derby against a team from across the Thames – the first between Rangers and Millwall for four and a half years.
Marc Nygaard scored the winner when the teams last met at Loftus Road.
Rangers are unbeaten in their last eight games against the Lions and you have to go back 21 years to find the last defeat – when Millwall won 2-1 in west London in a top flight clash.
Meanwhile, the two goal hero of Saturday's win admitted Rangers were not at their best but said it was a good sign.
“The luck is with us at the moment,” he said. “Last year, we would have lost or drawn a game like that. We keep winning when we don't even perform that well.
“But I think it also shows the spirit we've got and what a great bunch of lads we have.”
Rangers look set to start with the same XI who began at Leicester and at home to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
Derry had treatment on a leg strain after the weekend game, but brushed it off as 'old age' and both Heidar Helguson and Jamie Mackie - who have been carrying knocks – are expected to be OK again.