Rangers continue to go from strength to strength with their 2-0 win over Standard Liege on Thursday leaving them W13-D2-L1 since August, capped off by a wonder strike from Kemar Roofe. T
he sole defeat was inflicted on the road by Bayer Leverkusen (1-0) and in fact the Gers have conceded just three times over this entire spell, with Galatasaray and Motherwell the others to breach their backline.
Of the 13 victories, all but two came by a minimum two-goal margin, with that sort of consistency propelling Steven Gerrard’s men to odds-on favourites to thwart Celtic’s 10 in a row ambition.
Livingston should be routine fodder then for the Gers. Gary Holt’s men may come into this fixture with four wins from five outings, but it’s worth noting that two of those successes came over lower-division outfits in cup competition, while they were downed 3-1 at home by Kilmarnock last weekend.
In the league alone they’re W3-D4-L8 since mid-February and although each victory has come under new management, two of them came on home turf and their struggles on the road show no signs of abating.
Rangers To Win 1-0, 2-0, 2-1
Livingston are a pitiful W2-D5-L12 on their travels since September 2019, but with both teams scoring in 15 of the 19 games, we wouldn’t be entirely comfortable backing Rangers for their typical win to nil.
Despite regularly losing during this period, Livingston have only lost by more than a single goal on three occasions, but it’s hard to see them walking away from Ibrox with anything given Rangers have won 15 of their last 17 there.
Unsurprisingly, when Livingston fail to score on the road they typically end up losing. Nine of their past 11 away defeats have now ended 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1, as the latter was the most common with five entries.
Meanwhile, across all competitions, each of Rangers’ last four outings have finished 2-0 or 2-1. The hosts are capable of scoring more than twice at Ibrox, but off the back of a European fixture and with a testing schedule to come, we wouldn’t expect them to sustain wave after wave of attacks.
James Tavernier To Score First
One man who does look worth getting behind to continue his hot streak though is James Tavernier. The full-back and penalty taker now has nine goals in his past 10 appearances, as he only failed to net in two of those games.
Despite this consistency, there’s still a whole cluster of players at shorter prices, but while Rangers have plenty of different goalscorers, centre-back Chris Goldson is the only other to score in more than one of the Gers’ last six matches.
However, with Tavernier scoring the opener in five of the last six in which he’s found the net, we’ll plump for that instead.