It’s Sunday football for us this weekend as we travel to Glasgow to take on league leaders Rangers at Ibrox.
They don’t get much tougher than this as we get set to do battle with a side who have won 13 of their opening 15 matches, drawing the other two against Hibernian at Easter Road and of course, ourselves at the Tony Macaroni Arena back in August.
If that stat wasn’t impressive enough, they’ve also only conceded 4 goals in those 15 games, keeping 12 clean sheets as well as scoring 39 times at the other end.
It’s fair to say Steven Gerrard’s men have enjoyed a fantastic start to the season with their latest success, a fine 2-0 win in Belgium against Standard Liege on Thursday evening, showing that they have the quality to go toe-to-toe in Europe too.
We can’t mention that game and not mention the goal that clinched the win with summer signing Kemar Roofe scoring the second goal in injury-time with an outrageously brilliant effort from just inside his own half. The English striker, who signed from Standard Liege’s rivals Anderlecht for a reported £4.5m in the summer, danced past 3 defenders just before the halfway line, glanced up to see ‘keeper Arnaud Bodart off his line and lofted a sensational strike through the air, over Bodart’s head and into the net.
Defender and club captain James Tavernier leads the way in the goalscoring charts though with 9 goals in 15 appearances this season which takes him to a phenomenal total of 55 goals in 258 appearances since joining Rangers from Wigan Athletic back in 2015.
However, the Lions can take a bit of confidence from the fact that the 0-0 draw back in August has been the only game that the table toppers haven’t managed to score in yet with a fantastic showing from Jon Guthrie, Jack Fitzwater and a wonder save from Max Stryjek helping secure a point that afternoon in West Lothian.
On Stryjek, he’ll be expected to start this one again with Robby McCrorie ineligible to play against his parent club. Having made that spectacular save from a Borna Barisic free-kick in the last meeting as well as two, good performances in the recent Betfred Cup clashes with Edinburgh City and Alloa Athletic respectively, the Polish stopper will be looking for another big shift this Sunday to force himself into the starting line-up more regularly.
It’ll be a return to Ibrox for former-Ger Jason Holt too, having joined us from Rangers in the Summer. He made his debut for the club in the 0-0 with Rangers and bagged his first goal for the Lions at Celtic Park last month so he’ll be hoping to add to that goal against the second half of the Glasgow giants.
Another of our Summer signings, Alan Forrest, can count Ibrox as a stadium where he’s already scored – equalising for Ayr United back in 2014 before Bilel Mohsni (remember him – lol!) grabbed a late winner in a 2-1 Rangers win in League One. Alan Lithgow and Robbie Crawford were both in the Ayr squad that day as well as former Lions Scott McLaughlin and Jackson Longridge.
Anything other than a Rangers win would see the Lions become the first-team to pick up points at Ibrox this season too so a chance to make a little bit of a name for ourselves this weekend.
Out on loan – Brian Schwake, Ross Stewart, Robbie Crawford, Raffa De Vita, Salim Kouider-Aïssa & Jack Hamilton.
How to Watch the Game?
The game can be purchased on a PPV basis from Rangers TV. This is priced at £9.99 and you can register for this here – https://rangerspayments.streamamg.com/account/register/step1
The broadcast starts at 2.30pm and can be watched here – https://tv.rangers.co.uk/fixtures
You can also watch the game through the Rangers FC Android and iOS apps, should anyone choose to download those. The apps offer Chromecast capability, so are worthwhile for those who have that option available.
LFC Live subscribers can also listen to the live audio on there too.
August 2020 – Livingston 0-0 Rangers.
Livingston XI that day – Stryjek, Devlin, Fitzwater, McMillan, Guthrie, Bartley, Pittman, Sibbald, Forrest, Holt & Hamilton.
Subs – Schwake, Ambrose, Taylor-Sinclair, Pignatiello, Crawford, Robinson, Poplatnik, Kouider-Aïssa & Tiffoney.
Rangers Last 6 Form
Ovall H2H Record
Played – 33
Livingston Wins – 3
Draws – 8
Rangers Wins – 22
Referee – Nick Walsh.
Assistant Referees – Daniel McFarlane & David Doig.
Fourth Official – Gavin Duncan.