The play-offs could be the best hope for these two sides as Championship leaders Hearts sprint off into the distance.
Rangers made their intentions clear – return to the Scottish Premier League within three seasons. Well this looks to be in jeopardy and should they ultimately manage to achieve promotion this season, it certainly won’t be as champions.
Nineteen points separate Rangers in second place with league leaders Heart of Midlothian and it will be the play-offs which will provide the only hope for Rangers and Hibernian this season.
Ally McCoist decided that he wasn’t the man for the Rangers job any more and handed the reins to Kenny McDowall, however he has as yet failed to turn the side’s fortunes around and they could suffer their third successive defeat at the hands of Hibs at Ibrox this evening in front of the BT Sport cameras.
Hibs aren’t too used to being in the second tier of Scottish football either and they are struggling this season, sitting behind Rangers and city rivals Hearts in the Championship table.
They started the season disastrously, however they soon found their feet and manager Alan Stubbs has steered them back into promotion contention via the play-offs. They are sitting on a nine-match unbeaten run and could extend that tonight when they make the trip to the west end of Glasgow.
Despite starting this match as outsiders, we fancy Hibs to take all three points tonight. They will be in high spirits following some excellent results and will be hopeful of repeating the outcome of the last meeting between the sides at Easter Road when the men in green ran out 4-0 winners.
This match won’t be quite so one-sided however and the Gers do have home advantage. Indeed, the last time Rangers failed to score at home was nearly two years ago, however they have suffered defeat in their last two outings, therefore we’ll be backing a Hibs win with both teams scoring.
Jason Cummings has been a star up front for Hibs this season. The forward had failed to score a single professional goal in the league until this season. He has now managed eleven in 22 games and we’ll be backing him at 23/10 to score in this one too.
All in all, this match promises much in the way of attacking action from both sides, however ultimately it will be the visitors who will be heading back along the M8 with all three points in the bag.
Our betting tips
Hibernian to win, both teams to score – Coral 21/5
Anytime Goalscorer, Jason Cummings – Boylesports 23/10
All odds were correct at time of posting.