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Rangers’ season just gets better and better and despite staring down the barrel of defeat midweek away at Antwerp, two late goals have given them a clear advantage heading into the second leg of their Europa League tie.
The backline may have been uncharacteristically vulnerable, but Rangers have now conceded at least twice in four of their past five in Europe, whereas clean sheets have been much easier to come by domestically.
Indeed, Rangers had shut their opponents out in eight of their previous 11 fixtures, as they never conceded more than once in a single game.
They remain unbeaten in the league with 25 wins from 29 appearances and although Celtic’s improvement has seen them take advantage of spare games in hand to close the gap to 15 points, it’s only a matter of time before the inevitable is confirmed.
The Gers’ have racked up 79 points so far, more than double the number posted by Dundee Utd, and with a ridiculous record at Ibrox, it would be a shock if they didn’t take a step closer to the title here.
Rangers To Win To Nil
Across all competitions, Rangers have won 17 of 18 home matches this term as only Portuguese outfit Benfica were able to hold them to a stalemate.
In the league alone, that record stands at a perfect 14 wins, with just one goal conceded as Motherwell made a quick start just prior to Christmas.
Steven Gerrard’s outfit might only have won 1-0 in four of their last five at Ibrox, but we wouldn’t be so sure of a low-scoring affair this time around having won both head-to-heads this season, including a 4-0 drubbing at Ibrox.
The visitors remain in the bottom half of the table, despite putting together back-to-back victories over Ross County and Livingston with accompanying clean sheets.
However, they had gone eight games without a win prior to those results, while on the road they’ve managed just a solitary victory in 12 appearances.
They failed to score in eight of those 12 matches, including four of five defeats over this period.
Rangers -2 Asian Handicap
Dundee Utd have also lost six of nine winless encounters with the top four in the table this term, scoring just twice, as all three points they picked up were garnered against either Aberdeen or Hibernian.
As ever, the win to nil looks inevitable when Rangers are at home domestically, but we’d also expect them to cover the handicap at home up against defensively suspect opponents.