Rangers vs Hibs – Match preview and prediction

Rangers look to keep ground on Scottish Premier League leaders Celtic with a win over struggling Hibernian at Ibrox. Ally McCoist’s side are four points behind Celtic and will look to close the gap to a solitary point before the Hoops play against Hearts on Wednesday.

The main story from Rangers is that striker Nikica Jelavic misses the game against Hibs due to illness. Talk of the Croatian leaving the reigning SPL champions for England has been constant throughout the January transfer window, but McCoist is desperate to hold on to his star striker. With Kyle Lafferty and Steven Naismith both injured, David Healy is expected to lead the line at Ibrox. Defenders Kirk Broadfoot and Steven Whitaker remain injured, which adds further to the Rangers boss’ problems. Midfielder Mervan Celik could make his debut at Ibrox having joined the club from Swedish side GAIS earlier this month.

Hibernian have their own problems up front with suspended strikers Leigh Griffiths and Garry O’Connor both out of action. Ivan Sproule returns from his ban to start up front for Pat Fenlon’s side, who are languishing one place off the bottom of the SPL. Hibs were beaten 3-2 by St. Johnstone last weekend, which put them further into trouble, and go to Ibrox desperate for what would be their fifth win of the season. Fenlon has managed to bring two loan signings from south of the border by securing Tom Soares and James McPike from Stoke City and Coventry City respectively.

Rangers drew at home to Aberdeen last weekend, but have maintained their unbeaten record at Ibrox so far this season. Their troubles have come with three away losses and will fancy their chances against Fenlon’s side. Hibs have won three games on the road this season, but should not trouble McCoist’s players, who will be looking to regain the initiative in their title challenge.

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