Despite handing Hibernian a 6-2 cup humbling there on the opening day of the season, the one destination in the Ladbrokes Scottish Championship which poses the gravest threat to Rangers’ 100 per cent record in 2015/16 has to be Easter Road.
Mark Warburton’s table toppers travel to Edinburgh next, for a televised fixture primed to bring the curtain down on this remarkable sequence of 11 straight league victories for Rangers.
The sternest test yet for the Glasgow giants is revealed in the match odds, where the visitors to Easter Road are only deemed slight 4/5 favourites for the points; when the first digit is usually a 1 where Rangers are concerned in this campaign.
But given Hibs’ serene progression since losing 1-0 at Ibrox in the second tier late in August, the hosts’ price of 29/10 is tasty, while the 13/5 on the draw is particularly flavoursome.
Alan Stubbs’ outfit have all-but matched the Gers’ awesome form ahead of this juicy clash between the top two since succumbing to them on the road.
The Edinburgh side have claimed 22 of the last 24 points available to them, while they’ve also booked a Scottish League Cup quarter-final spot in the meantime.
The identity of their fourth-round victims in the competition is also significant.
Hibs flexed their purple-patch-ending muscles at home to an Aberdeen side who had previously strung seven Premiership victories together, including the scalp of Celtic.
Stubbs has been extracting the very best out of a squad many began questioning after Scott Allan was poached a few games into the campaign, making a fortress out of Easter Road in the process.
Only St Mirren’s draw has denied them the full spoils in five outings.
There is no questioning Rangers will be right up for the clash too, but the nature of their victories has been less emphatic in recent times, with just a single goal settling the last three matches.
Hibs won two of the three Easter Road collisions to nil against the Gers last season (4-0 and 1-0) so plumping for the double chance on the Hibees at 9/10 could be the shrewdest available bet on the contest.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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