Rangers look set for another Scottish Premiership title this year if they can continue their form from the first half of the season into the second half in the New Year. As things stand, the Gers sit six points clear of their long-standing rivals Celtic at the top of the tree going into Christmas.
Following the departure of Steven Gerrard to Aston Villa, the Teddy Bears moved to bring in former player Giovanni van Bronckhorst and the transition has been essentially seamless as they’ll head into this Boxing Day fixture on the back of an eight game unbeaten run in all competitions.
Saint Mirren are struggling towards the lower reaches of the Scottish Premiership this season. Although they seem to be established in the top tier at the moment, the Buddies always have the threat of a bottom two finish hanging over them and this season is no different as they currently sit in ninth place, just three points clear of 11th placed Dundee.
What’s more, Jim Goodwin’s men make the short trip from Paisley to Ibrox this weekend in terrible form having failed to win in any of their last ten games. They did hold Celtic to a draw in midweek, but away from home against the league leaders will prove to be even more difficult for Saint Mirren.
Rangers vs St Mirren: Match Stats
Three goals or fewer have been scored in each of Rangers’ last six matches and indeed, the Teddy Bears haven’t conceded a single goal in any of their last five league fixtures. We’re anticipating another low-scoring home win for the Glaswegians here.
Alfredo Morelos has regained his scoring touch in recent weeks, scoring three times in his last four Scottish Premiership outings. He scored at SMISA Stadium in the reverse fixture and with a low-scoring game expected here, it makes more sense to back him to be the first goalscorer in this game for the value on offer.
24th October 2021 – St Mirren 1-2 Rangers – Scottish Premiership
Rangers have already beaten St Mirren once this season, coming from behind to secure a 1-2 victory at the SMISA Stadium in October. A stunning strike from Connor Ronan had given the Buddies the lead before a Kemar Roofe penalty and Alfredo Morelos strike turned the match on it’s head before half-time.