Rangers vs Livingston: prediction, preview and team news / Scottish Premiership 2021-22

The Scottish Premiership is back on Saturday and the 2021-22 campaign kicks off with champions Rangers looking to secure their first three points against Livingston.

For the 55th time and for the first time in 11 years, Rangers climbed back to the summit of Scottish football and lifted the Premiership trophy, after a spectacular campaign last year.

Steven Gerrard’s side will be boosted by the return of the fans. The Gers had to celebrate their 2020-21 title win in the absence of their supporters, and will now hope to start their campaign with a win in front of them.

Rangers won their last game 2-1 against Spanish giants Real Madrid. Fashion Sakala and Cedric Itten scored for Rangers after Rodrygo had opened the scoring for Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the eighth minute.

Livingston inflicted a 3-1 loss upon Cowdenbeath in the Scottish League Cup on Saturday. They have enjoyed some decent form lately and can pose a strong threat to Rangers.

Rangers vs Livingston predictions:

  • Rangers won to nil in 79% of last season’s home games.
  • Rangers have beaten in 10 of the last 11 meetings and have kept clean sheets in each of their last seven games against them.
  • The Gers conceded only four home goals.
  • Livingston failed to score in three of their last five Premiership games.
  • Livingston have failed to score in nine of their last 10 meetings against the Gers.

Rangers and Livingston have clashed against each other on 36 occasions so far. Rangers have won 25 games, while Livingston have prevailed in just three matches. Eight games ended with scores level.

The last meeting between the two Scottish sides ended in a 3-0 away win for the Rangers.

After an invincible league campaign last year as well as an impressive record against Saturday’s opponents, Rangers will be strong favourites to secure all three points in their opening fixture. They finished the season with 19 wins from 19 at home, so Livingston face a tall order here.

Steven Gerrard’s team should have no problem making short work of Livingston on Saturday.

Livingston have already started their campaign in the League Cup but they’ve yet to face quality opposition. They finished last season by losing four of their final five games, failing to score in three.

Our prediction: Rangers win @ 1.18

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