After losing both legs of their Champions League qualifiers with Malmo, scraping through a pair of Europa League ties with Alashkert and losing their group opener with Lyon, Rangers suffered yet more disappointment in Europe on Thursday, going down 1-0 to Sparta Prague.
The Gers are yet to hit top stride this season, but they have still advanced to the League Cup semi-finals and sit top of the league, demonstrating resilience despite not being at their best.
Rangers are W7-D2-L2 from their past 11 fixtures, but they’ve only triumphed by more than a single strike in one of the last eight, as results are being ground out and hard-earnt.
They’ve certainly been more consistent on home turf though, winning 21 of 22 unbeaten league games at Ibrox since the start of last season.
However, whereas the first nine of these all came by at least two clear goals as they racked up 31 goals, only six of the subsequent 13 have seen them triumph by that margin or greater.
After finishing a clear third best last term, 14 points adrift of Celtic and seven ahead of Aberdeen, this time around Hibernian are currently sitting in second place, just one point behind Rangers after seven rounds of action.
They remain unbeaten domestically with four wins from seven league games, as well as a pair of League Cup victories over Kilmarnock and Dundee Utd.
Rangers To Win By One Goal
Rangers remain unbeaten facing Hibernian under Steven Gerrard, winning seven of 11 clashes, including six of seven over the past two campaigns and each of the last three.
However, only two of those meetings saw the Gers claim victory by two clear goals or more, with none of the past five seeing a wide margin between the teams.
Hibernian aren’t often tanked and of their 11 league defeats since the start of last season, nine of them have ended either 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1, with four of the last five coming by one-goal margins.
Connor Goldson didn’t travel with the squad to Prague and with Filip Helander injured, Nikola Katic out on loan and Jack Simpson not included in Rangers’ Europa League squad, that resulted in full-back Calvin Bassey partnering Leon Balogun in the centre.
The 21-year-old does have experience in that position playing for Leicester’s reserve team, but struggled on the night, so Gerrard will be sweating on the fitness of Goldson for this clash.
Elsewhere, Ryan Kent is still working his way back from a hamstring injury and won’t be rushed back into action.
RANGERS TO WIN BY ONE GOAL