Rangers’ season is on the brink of failure with a damaging Old Firm defeat leaving them six points adrift of Celtic, before going down 1-0 to Braga in Europe on Thursday.
The Gers were particularly disappointing away to the Portuguese outfit, struggling to carve out clear cut opportunities and failing to register an attempt on target, while they were fortunate to see another goal chalked off down the other end.
St. Mirren could however provide the perfect opponents to get back on track. The hosts are enduring a run of six defeats from seven matches across all competitions, conceding 10 times across the past three alone. Although Stephen Robinson’s defence may be causing him a headache, his side have at least been punching back with six goals across their last four appearances.
Rangers have won just two of their past six away league games, both by narrow margins over the bottom two in the table, St. Johnstone and Dundee. With just a single clean sheet across these trips, coming against the division’s lowest scorers, St. Mirren will certainly fancy their chances of registering on the scoreboard.
St. Mirren might be 10th in the league, but they’ve lost fewer games than anyone else in the bottom half of the table, relying upon stalemates to keep themselves afloat with a division high of 12. That steely determination has seen them go in level at the break in nine of their past 11 league games, only going in behind on a single occasion on the road at Motherwell.
On home turf, the first half has been drawn in eight of their past nine, including when Celtic came to town, posting a W2-D5-L2 record at the full-time whistle over these games.
Rangers will need to make a better start than they have in recent outings, taking a first-half lead in just four of their past 11 league matches. They even went in behind in four of five on the road, harming their title bid with points dropped against Ross County and Dundee Utd, in addition to the Old Firm derby defeat.
St Mirren +1.5 Handicap
Alfredo Morelos remains a doubt, with Ianis Hagi the only other absentee for Giovanni van Bronckhorst. His side need an injection from somewhere and any margin of victory is likely to be slim given they’ve won by more than a single goal in just two of 12 league games in 2022, and none of the past six.
St. Mirren have lost by a two-goal margin or greater just once across their past 21 home league games (W4-D11-L6), so should at least make Rangers sweat for everything.
ST MIRREN +1.5 HANDICAP
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