We are on a tremendous run of form with no team getting the better of us since August 15 when Hibs won 2-1 at Fir Park. We did turn in a poor performance against Inverness in our last game but we still took a good away point – and if it hadn’t been for a poor refereeing decision, we would have pinched all three. However, this poor showing should give the players the reminder that they need to pick themselves up for Sunday. Three points are never guaranteed despite how well we are playing and even though Rangers are perceived as struggling, we will need to be at our best to take anything.
Rangers made a poor start to the season – losing to CSKA Moscow in Europe, struggling past Maritimo and dropping points to Hearts, Aberdeen and Celtic. But since then their fortunes have turned around somewhat. Clean sheets have been kept at awkward venues like Pittodrie and Dens, whilst the Maritimo banana skin was successfully negotiated at Ibrox. It might not be pretty, but results are coming in. If we wondered what sort of Rangers side we were up against, a midfield consisting of Hughes, Rickson and Malcolm should leave us in no doubt what to expect. Chris Burke is a danger if he plays but an on form Stevie Hammell should not be quaking in his boots before that contest.
The relative success of Alex McLeish’s side is based on a tight defence and nicking the odd goal. We have been selling goals very cheaply recently and will have to tighten up if we are to have a chance. We might find the scoresheet but we would be ill advised to get into a scoring contest on Saturday.
This will be a close contest and could go either way…but Rangers might sneak it with their stronger defence being crucial in a 1-0 away win.