Hibernian make the trip to Ibrox Stadium on Sunday afternoon as they take on Rangers at 3pm in the Scottish Premiership. There’s only been a victory once in the last five meetings between these two, which arrived in May as Rangers won by a solitary goal through former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe to seal maximum points. Now they’re placed one league position from each other, with the away side in fifth and the hosts fourth.
Rangers opened their competitive season with a win over St. Joseph’s in the Europa League, and since then they’ve only gotten better as they progressed further in the tournament. After recently knocking out FC Progres Niederkorn, it remains to be seen how their two legged affair versus Midtjylland turns out. Last weekend Rangers defeated Kilmarnock 1-2 at Rugby Park, with Connor Goldson bagging the winner in the very last minute of the tie after Stephen O’Donnell equalised for their opponents seven minutes from time. A win here would give them a great chance of keeping pace with Celtic for the next few weeks at least.
Hibernian played in the League Cup for the majority of summer, not suffering a single defeat in the lead up to last week’s Premiership opener versus St. Mirren. A penalty shoot-out win against Stirling Albion was followed by a seeing off of Alloa Athletic, while Arbroath and Elgin City were also put to the sword with Hibs conceding just once in all four games combined. Scott Allan notched his first league goal of this campaign five minutes before full time at home to St. Mirren as his strike ensured three points for his team.
Eros Grezda, Graham Dorrans and Jamie Murphy are doubts due to their respective injury concerns, although considering none of them are nailed on starters Rangers won’t be overly worried about their absence. Arfield will be hoping he can add to his tally in this encounter, and Goldson won’t expect to get amongst the goalmouth action very often despite grabbing a crucial goal last weekend. Keeping Alfredo Morelos is a huge boost for the team, and new arrivals such as Filip Helander, Jordan jones and George Edumundson could be vital in the games to come.
Scott Allan’s late winner against St. Mirren will have made him a real favourite among fans for the time being, with the attacker joining the club from Celtic on a free transfer this summer. Christian Doidge will be eager to make a good impression early on too, after his move from League 2 outfit Forest Green Rover for little over £300k. Ryan Porteous, Lewis Stevenson and David Gray all returned to training following their injury problems, however Martin Boyle will remain out of action until early January 2020.
Scott Arfield will be full of confidence after netting in the opening weekend of the Premiership, and the attacker is @ 5.00 to find the net again here, so that’s definitely our first tip for this fixture. Both sides found victory in tight games last week, with a couple of late goals for the pair. We can see similar happening on Sunday too, which is why we’re opting for Rangers to win and BTTS @ 3.25 for our second tip. On top of that, our final tip is Rangers to win by one goal @ 3.60 as we believe it’ll be a very close ninety minutes if previous evidence is anything to go by.