Rangers kick off their Scottish Premiership title defence by welcoming Livingston to Ibrox on Saturday at 1:30pm (UK time).
Steven Gerrard’s side cruised to the title last season and will be looking to capitalise on uncertainty at Celtic, while Livingston will be hoping to build on their sixth-placed finish.
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Scoreline prediction: Rangers 2-0 Livingston
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Rangers vs Livingston build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Last season was one Rangers fans will never forget as they finally ending Celtic’s monopoly on the Scottish Premiership in recent years to win their 55th league title and first since being relegated to the Third Division in 2012. Gerrard’s side were formidable last season, winning 32 of their 38 league games, finishing the campaign unbeaten with the best attack and defensive record too – scoring 92 goals and conceding just 13. Rangers have had a busy pre-season and their schedule doesn’t get any better once the competitive campaign starts, with the Scottish champions facing Malmo in Champions League qualifying next week.
While Rangers were celebrating the league, Livingston will have been happy for another comfortable finish in the Premiership following their return to the top flight in 2018. Although they finished one place worse than in 2019/20, Livingston did supplement their sixth-placed finish with a run to the Scottish League Cup final, losing to St Johnstone. They have already kicked off their quest to go one better this season, finishing second in their Scottish League Cup group, unbeaten in their four matches and qualifying to the knockout phase as one of the three best runners-up.
- Rangers (vs Real Madrid): McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Helander, Barisic; Lundstram, Davis, Hagi; Wright, Sakala, Kent.
- Livingston (vs Cowdenbeath): Barden; Fitzwater, Obileye, Kelly, Longridge; Sibbald, Holt; Shinnie, Pittman, Montano; Anderson.
Rangers remain without Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Jack but have an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from, while Jackson Longridge and Andrew Shinnie came off injured early against Cowdenbeath so may be doubts.
Rangers starting XI:
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) July 31, 2021
Livingston starting XI:
— Livingston FC (@LiviFCOfficial) July 31, 2021
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Player to watch: Fashion Sakala (Rangers)
With Alfredo Morelos absent, Rangers will be relying on new signing Fashion Sakala acclimatising to Scottish football very quickly. The 24-year-old was the starting centre-forward for KV Oostende in Belgium’s Jupiler Pro League last season and scored 16 times in 33 matches to help his side finish fifth in the regular season.
He finished the campaign knowing a move to Rangers had been secured, and he spoke of his pride in joining what he called one of the greatest clubs in the world.
Although it was only pre-season, Sakala has got off to a good start at his new club, scoring the equaliser in Rangers’ 2-1 win over Real Madrid — their final friendly ahead of the new campaign.
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