Hibernian vs Rangers by Luke
Hibernian comes from actually very positive result, as the side managed to hold Celtic to a 2:2 draw last weekend, even thoug they were defensive minded set and of course, limited a pretty much defensive role during all the ninety minutes.
First halftime was quite a defensive one from both ends, with players of Celtic having more of the ball possession, but without much concrete things done. However, they have opened the second halftime better and took the double lead with goals from Sinclair within four minutes, in 60th and 64th minute.
Once the hosts stood with nothing to lose, they opted for more attacking approach and it payed of to them, managing to score twice within three minutes using the lack of concentration from visitors' defense - via Ambrose in 76th and Shaw in 79th minute. The side now stands at fourth position with thirty points earned, just three less than second placed Rangers and surely that they want to keep the positive momentum.
Forward Brandon Barker will be fit enough to play here, even though he limped off in a previous game against Celtic. Right back Steven Whitaker (13/1) is doubtful for now, while offensive midfielder Danny Swanson is back in the squad. Right back David Gray (7/0) remains unfit not being ready to play yet.
Rangers comes from a narrow 2:1 victory at home over Ross County last weekend in a game which turned out to be much more difficult than what everyone expected before it started. Visitors were quite threatening in the first halftime and took the lead in tenth minute via Curran, remaining with more and more defensive role as the time progressed.
As the second halftime started, players of Rangers were more concrete and with better fighting spirit, managing to level up the result in 59th minute via Morelos, while they had to wait till 83rd minute to completely revert the scoreline with a goal from Wilson. The team now stands at second position with three consecutive victories in Premiership, but still having five points less than leaders from Celtic.
Talented center back Ross McCrorie (11/1) is doubtful and probably won't recover on time for this one. Second choice goalkeeper Jak Alnwick (no performance in Premiership) is also doubtful. Midfielder Graham Dorrans (10/5) won't play due ankle injury, but left back Lee Wallace is back in the squad from a groin injury. Central midfielder Jordan Rossiter (1/0) remains out, while suspended is other central midfielder Ryan Jack (15/0).
- Last five matches between these two ended with both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals.
There is no doubt that the players of Hibernian will want to continue their good momentum and impress once again after they did well against Celtic. Rangers will probably be looking for a victory, but the home side remains very threatening in every aspect of the game.
It's something that promises another open and quite attractive game to watch, hopefully ending with more than just couple of goals scored.