Steven Gerrard will have been a happy man on Thursday evening when his men won 3-1 against Maribor in the Europa League qualifiers and he will be confident that the Light Blues can make it two on the bounce when they lock horns with St Mirren on Sunday afternoon.
Gerrard’s side have been solid but unspectacular in their European adventures thus far this term, however they excelled in what was on paper their toughest assignment against a side which were involved in the Champions League group stages last season. Indeed the 3-1 win can easily be overturned although the success at Ibrox was a massive step-up from the unconvincing aggregate wins over Osijek and Shkupi.
Gerrard will be confident that he can taste his first Scottish Premiership win with the Gers following a hugely disappointing draw with Aberdeen last weekend in which the Dons banged-in a last-gasp equaliser against a ten-man Rangers side. Alfredo Morelos was sent-off early in the match although he won his subsequent appeal and he will be available for this weekend meeting with the Buddies.
St Mirren waved goodbye to manager Jack Ross during the summer and with Liverpudlian Alan Stubbs now in charge, they will hopeful of cementing their place in the Scottish top-flight after a slow start in the League Cup which culminated in an excellent 6-0 win over Dumbarton, a result which sent them through to the last sixteen of the competition. They got their Premiership campaign underway with a 2-1 home win over Dundee although we don’t envisage them managing anything for their efforts at Ibrox this weekend, save for a consolation goal perhaps with Ladbrokes Bookmakers going 19/10 on Rangers to win and both teams to score.