After victory in the Europa League, Rangers will now look to impress in the Scottish Premiership.
Returning To Form
Philippe Clement has been working his magic as new Rangers boss, but the biggest trick is still to be pulled off.
Chasing The Champions
After a period of gloom across Ibrox, the disposition is far sunnier after victories in both the Viaplay League Cup and the Europa League. Victory over Hearts last Sunday means another trip to Hampden Park has been scheduled, victory over Sparta Prague boosts their Round of 16 hopes.
A pair of results that although do not win any silverware for Philippe Clement and his players, do manage to install some belief within the Rangers camp at the same time and especially as their focus pivots back to Scottish Premiership matters.
The gap to league leaders Celtic may have been extended to eight points but that was only because of Rangers’ inactivity last weekend. Those eight points could be whittled down to five if the blue half of Glasgow win their game in hand.
Not only that, but Celtic’s performances have been far from championship worthy as of late. Yes, they may have got the better of Ross County last time out but that was after the Dingwall outfit were reduced to 10 men.
While the elephant in the room is likely to be how the Hoops bounce back after such a crashing defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. Should there be a stutter from Brendan Rodgers’ men, their nearest rivals now look in a position to pounce.
Especially as they travel to a Livingston side that has lost each of their last four league outings and although the overall job that Davie Martindale has carried out has been impressive, one does wonder if the end of the road is soon approaching.
There is no doubt that Livingston have been punching well above their weight under his stewardship, but now this fighter is looking rather punch drunk and with new owners recently installed, a new direction could also soon be undertaken.
The club that plays at the wonderfully named Tony Macaroni Arena go into this weekend just two points clear of St Johnstone, but their relegation rivals have not only a game in hand but also an element of new manager bounce under Craig Levein.
Which means Sunday’s welcoming of Rangers is a fixture that could and likely will have ramifications at both end of the table. That is unless the artificial surface at the Tony Macaroni stops a fast moving Rangers in their tracks.
But now it is time for the first of my two tips and with Rangers having won all their last five visits to Livingston, I am backing them to make it six in a row. Not only a win, but one by a two-goal margin and this pick is priced at 3/1.
In addition to this, I am also going to look at a correct score tip. Rangers have scored three goals in three of their last four visits to Livingston and therefore, I am also backing the 3-1 away win at odds of 10/1.