Biggest gate of the season for Boxing Day clash against 'promotion rivals'
Blues will start the last home game of 2015 in the Play-Off places but the boss is expecting a real battle for the six top in the Championship, with Rangers, now under the guidance of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, one of the candidates to make a push from below.
“Jimmy has made a big impact in his managerial career so far and seems to have revitalised QPR,” said Mick, writing in his column in Saturday's matchday programme.
“They have got a good squad of players and will feel they can reach the Play-Offs. I look at Leeds, who have won three on the bounce, Sheffield Wednesday, Reading - who have got Brian McDermott back in charge. They will all feel they can make the top six as well. So do we.
“It’s a more competitive division than ever this season but we are right in there challenging for the top six and relishing that challenge as well.”
QPR are set to bring close on 2000 for the Boxing Day game, with more than 21,000 tickets already sold. Kick-off is 3pm. Full ticket details here.