Rangers had the opportunity to extend their lead over Celtic on Sunday, with the Hoops’ game against Aberdeen postponed, but were left to rue dropped points as they could only manage a stalemate when visiting lowly Livingston.
Steven Gerrard will hope to have attacking midfielder Joe Aribo back from injury this Sunday, but his men are much stronger back at Ibrox in any case and up against another team that has struggled this term, they should returning to winning ways.
Kilmarnock have now lost five of eight winless league matches since mid-February, including two of four this season as they went down 2-1 to St. Johnstone last time out.
However, it’s worth noting that only one of those five defeats saw them go down by more than a one-goal margin and that was visiting Celtic (3-1) at the tail end of last season.
Keeping things tight has also been a familiar theme in head to heads with Rangers and in 15 clashes across all competitions since 2017, the sides have only been separated by more than a single goal on two occasions.
That includes eight of 10 since Gerrard arrived in Glasgow as they faced each other seven times in 2018/19, so we’d expect a hard-fought encounter in this one.
The Gers should however come out on top having demonstrated consistency at Ibrox, where they’ve now won 17 of 20 league games since April 2019.
This spell saw them keep 14 clean sheets as Celtic were the sole team to put more than one past them in a single game, while Rangers have conceded just twice across the past 10 outings on home turf.
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Despite that immaculate defensive record, we’re put off by the win to nil given that for all Kille’s poor form, they’ve still largely been finding the net.
Both teams have scored in 12 of their 13 league games this calendar year, including all four clashes with the Old Firm duo, three of which were against Celtic.
Again, the most remarkable thing has been the lack of drubbings anywhere, as only two of the last 12 of these saw the sides separated by more than a single goal, with Kille losing 2-1 on four occasions.
That scoreline appears one of a few probable outcomes and the multibet market allows us some significant cover. We can’t see Kilmarnock claiming more than one goal, given Rangers’ formidable record at Ibrox, but we can expect them to give the Gers a contest.
In fact, the visitors have lost either 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 in over half of their last 17 league games since mid-December, including six of nine on their travels.
Meanwhile, Rangers have won by one of those exact scorelines in five of nine at Ibrox since Christmas, including the last time they hosted Killie as they ran out 1-0 winners.