Rangers host St Mirren on Saturday afternoon in a meeting between two of the Scottish top-flight’s top three.
The Gers battled their way into the Champions League group stage during August but lost their third consecutive group game without scoring a goal against Liverpool on Tuesday night. Without the distraction of European football, St Mirren have rallied from a slow start to record five victories from their last six matches, keeping four clean sheets during this streak.
Here’s everything you need to know about this lofty clash.
Channel: BT Sport Score (Studio Updates Only)
Broadcast Time: 15:00 (BST)
Where can you watch Rangers vs St Mirren Highlights?
Channel: BBC Sportscene
Stream: SPFL YouTube channel
Rangers vs St Mirren H2H Results (Last Five Games)
Rangers: 5 Wins
St Mirren: 0 Wins
Current Form (Last Five Games): (H3)
St Mirren: WWLWW
Rangers team news
Giovanni van Bronckhorst will be without both midfielders Tom Lawrence and Ianis Hagi until November at the earliest as the pair recover from knee injuries. John Souttar isn’t scheduled to return until after the imminent winter World Cup while the involvement of Kemar Roofe and Filip Helander remains doubtful.
Nnamdi Ofoborh continues to be sidelined with a heart problem.
Rangers Starting 11 (4-2-3-1): McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Davies, Barisic; Jack, Lundstram; Matondo, Arfield, Kent; Colak.
Bench: McLaughlin, Yilmaz, Davis, Sands, Morelos, Wright, Sakala, King, Tillman.
St Mirren team news
The Saints struck back against Livingston last weekend with a 90th-minute winner despite being reduced to ten. Jonah Ayunga will serve the first of his three-match suspension for a straight red card this weekend, bound to the sidelines with Toyosi Olusanya, who is nursing a broken toe.
St Mirren Starting 11 (3-5-2): Carson; Gogic, Gallagher, Dunne; Fraser, Baccus, Erhahon, O’Hara, Tanser; Kiltie, Greive.
Bench: Urminsky, Lyness, Shaughnessy, Flynn, Henderson, Reid, Strain, Taylor, Kenny.
St Mirren’s strong opening to the season has been underpinned by their home form. It was in the familiar surrounds of St Mirren Park that Steve Robinson’s outfit eked out a famous victory against Celtic last month.
However, their resolve on the road isn’t quite as impressive and they travel to a historically inhospitable atmosphere this weekend. Rangers have kept eight consecutive clean sheets against St Mirren at Ibrox, going 13 hours of home football against the Buddies without shipping a single goal.
Whether that streak is extended this weekend remains to be seen, but the Gers should have enough to claim three points despite the good form of their opponents.
Prediction: Rangers 2-0 St Mirren