Could be a big day for the Ibrox side
Both of these sides drew in midweek, coming from behind to snatch a point late on. Add this to Celtic drawing at Pittodrie yesterday and there is a big motivation for both sides to get the win today.
Rangers could go three ten points clear of their title rivals with a win over Hibs but the Edinburgh club could move to within 2 points of Celtic, whilst still having a game in hand over the hoops. Not to say that both teams will be playing with the notion of Celtic on their mind when they meet but it is easy to see the benefits that can come from the win.
Neither side has any injury concerns for the big clash at Ibrox, which could see a return to first team action for DaMarcus Beasley. The player may need a lift to the game today given his recent well publicised car problems, an unfortunate side effect of playing away when he shouldn’t have been!
Mind you, Beasley was on fire when Rangers were winning well in December and the American star could blast his way into the American World Cup squad if he can remain injury free and on form.
Hibs took a deserved point from Ibrox earlier this season but were thoroughly trounced by the SPL champions at Easter Road in December. The Jekyll and Hyde performances of Hibs have not been as prevalent this season as it has been in recent years and they will need to retain their consistency if they want to remain at the upper reaches of the league.
Being 2-0 down at home to Aberdeen gave some critics the chance to raise their eyebrow and think that the bubble had burst but grabbing a 2-2 draw shows that they have the tenacity to fight back. They will need to have this effort and more at Ibrox today to take anything away.
The focus from midday will be on the role that Lloyds and Donald Muir are having on the Ibrox club but from 1330, the on-field action will be the sole focus for the paying punters.
Will Rangers restore their ten point lead?