With the Scottish Premiership season now in full swing, Rangers will look to extend their perfect start to the season and if they are to do so, they will need to get the better of Hibernian.
No Easing Off
After being held by PSV on Tuesday night, Rangers’ bid to make this season’s Champions League group stage now hangs in the balance and with that stalemate taking place at Ibrox, they will certainly have their work cut out in Eindhoven next week.
Then again, they will also have their work cut out in Edinburgh on Saturday and if Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s men are already thinking of success in the Netherlands, they could end up being caught out by Hibernian.
With that said, manager Van Bronckhorst will be fully aware of such a possibility and with the race for the title already taking its usual shape, dropped points in the Scottish capital are certainly not on the agenda.
Especially as both themselves and Celtic have avoided such pitfalls in the opening three weeks of the campaign and with such an act looking like being a rarity between now and next May, neither of the Glasgow giants will want to blink first.
Not only that, but with Rangers being afforded a lunchtime kickoff this Saturday, there is also the possibility for them to temporarily turn the screw on their nearest neighbours and ask a question of them the following day.
While going into this game, the blue half of Glasgow have won each of their last six league outings and are unbeaten in their last nine. Not only that, but they put four unanswered goals past St Johnstone last weekend.
Once again, backing Rangers to win in 90 minutes is not going to constitute much in the way of value and therefore, last season’s runners-up are going to have to do a little more to boost your bankrolls.
A little more that comes with not only winning by the time the final whistle is blown but also at the interval and if you share my opinion that Rangers will win both halves, you can back this outcome at odds of 3/1.
While although that may spell bad news for Hibernian and manager Lee Johnson, they will be able to pinpoint that Saturday’s visitors can be susceptible at the back and although they have kept two league clean sheets at home, they did concede in their opening weekend win at Livingston.
One that saw Rangers have to come from behind and to make things a little more interesting, Hibernian will need to get on the scoresheet. Which means Martin Boyle at odds of 17/2 to score anytime, is also worth some consideration before the two teams square off this Saturday.