There have been highs and lows in abundance for Steven Gerrard’s Light Blues this season, however they went into the winter break on the back of a massive confidence boost thanks to a 1-0 win over arch-rivals Celtic and the Gers boss will be looking to his side to follow this up by beating third-placed Kilmarnock in their midweek outing. This will be another test of Rangers’ title credentials and it could see them leapfrog Celtic into pole position should the Hoops slip-up against St Mirren at Parkhead.
As things stand, Rangers sit level on points with Celtic although Brendan Rodgers’ men have a game in hand over their arch-rivals, therefore the Gers really need to make this count. Their first league win over Celtic since March 2012 was undoubtedly an excellent result but it will count for absolutely nothing should they stumble against Kilmarnock on Wednesday evening. Nevertheless while the win over the Hoops was impressive enough, most pundits were surprised at the way in which Rangers dominated from start to finish against a side which has been so utterly dominant in Scottish football over recent seasons. Rangers cannot rest on their laurels – that’s for sure – but they have certainly proven that they are once again a force to be reckoned with at the top level of the domestic game.
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The signings of Steven Davis and Jermaine Defoe will have added to the feel-good factor at Ibrox right now and they head into Wednesday-evening’s trip to Rugby Park in pretty high spirits. Nevertheless they can’t take Killie lightly given that boss Steve Clarke has moulded them into a hard-to-beat unit which are looking good for a top-three finish to the season. They took points off both sides of the Old Firm earlier in the season but on this occasion we’ll be siding with a rejuvenated Rangers to bring home the bacon, BetVictor Bookmakers going 12/5 on Rangers to win and both teams to score.