RANGERS take on Hibernian today in the Premiership and we’ve pulled together everything about the fixture in one handy place.
NICKNAME: The Hibees
STADIUM: Easter Road
GROUND CAPACITY: 20,421
PITCH SIZE: 105m x 64m
MANAGER: Neil Lennon
REFEREE: John Beaton
ASSISTANTS: Graeme Stewart, Stuart Stevenson
FOURTH OFFICIAL: Euan Anderson
KICK OFF: 15:00
VENUE: Ibrox Stadium
COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Premiership
HIBS PLAYER PREVIEW:
Efe Ambrose (Herald): “We know they are a great team, it’s a great stadium and they have a great history, too. They are a team we have to give respect to.
“But, at the same time, football is football and the most important thing is how you prepare for the game. We are going there to give them a fight and we’ll see. The best team will win the game.
“We know if we get a chance we need to utilise it, because last season we had several chances but weren’t scoring goals.
“This season, with [Simon] Murray, Stokesy coming in, [Martin] Boyle, [John] McGinn, everybody, there are lots of people able to score – defenders, midfielders, strikers. It makes it difficult for the opposition.”
HIBS MANAGER PREVIEW:
Neil Lennon (HibsTV): “You have to play the game and not the occasion. There will be a lot of hype surrounding the game – it means nothing, it’s just noise
“The players have got to play the game accordingly and not get over-emotional and not get caught up in the atmosphere and just concentrate on just trying to win the game, which we are capable of doing. But we know how difficult it’s going to be.
“I’ve won a few times there, it’s quite enjoyable. But it’s always intimidating and it’s always a difficult place to go. It’s a great amphitheatre of football and the pitch is always in good condition, which hopefully will suit us.”
LAST 5 GERS V HIBS RESULTS
L 21/05/2016 NEUTRAL SCOTTISH CUP 2-3
L 20/04/2016 AWAY CHAMPIONSHIP 2-3
W 28/12/2015 HOME CHAMPIONSHIP 4-2
L 01/11/2015 AWAY CHAMPIONSHIP 1-2
W 23/08/2015 HOME CHAMPIONSHIP 1-0
GERS MANAGER PREVIEW
GERS PLAYER PREVIEW
Rangers could be without captain Lee Wallace who was a late change on Wednesday night against Dunfermline. The Gers captain had been named in the starting eleven for the Betfred Cup clash, but he was replaced by Lee Hodson in time for the start of the match.
Pedro Caixinha confirmed at the press conference yesterday that the skipper would require a scan on his leg to find out the extent of his injury, so he may miss the first home League game of the season.
Outwith that, the Gers boss has a full squad of players to select from, with Eduardo Herrera only missing the match midweek as a precaution and Wes Foderingham not playing as the Portuguese manager will use Alnwick within the Betfred Cup campaign.
- Rangers have played Hibernian in their first home league match of the season on three occasions in the last 50 years without recording a victory. In August 1977, Hibs left Ibrox with a 2-0 win while a 2-2 draw was recorded in September 1981 and the sides finished goalless in August 1988. The last time Gers won their opening home fixture when it was against Hibernian was in August 1961 when Ralph Brand scored twice and Davie Wilson got the other in a 3-0 win.
- In the last 50 years Rangers have won their opening league match at Ibrox on 32 occasions, drawing 13 and losing on five occasions. Three of the defeats were to Celtic, Hibernian and Hearts while the other two were at the hands of St Mirren and both were on August 12.
- Rangers have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last eight opening league matches at Ibrox, conceding goals to Hearts (on two occasions), Falkirk, Kilmarnock, East Stirling, Brechin, St Mirren and Hamilton. The last time the away side failed to register was in August 2008 when Gers beat Hearts 2-0 thanks to goals from Kyle Lafferty and Kris Boyd.
- The last six league matches, including league play-off ties, between Rangers and Hibernian have all been won by the home side. The last time the away side emerged victorious was in March 2015 when Lee Wallace and Kenny Miller scored the goals in a 2-0 Gers win at Easter Road. Hibs last victory at Ibrox came in the game immediately before this one, in February 2015
Read more Fast Facts and all the latest facts and figures including player appearances and fixtures within the official matchday programme against Hibs.
TODAY’s matchday programme is packed with exclusive interviews and will be available at Ibrox in print and in digital form tomorrow.
The cover star and main feature for the clash with the Hibees is central midfielder Ryan Jack who has made an excellent start to his career at the Light Blues in the midfield engine room alongside Graham Dorrans.
The midfielder speaks about making his Ibrox debut in the League against Hibs, the positivity running through the squad, playing in midfield for the Gers under Pedro Caixinha, his budding relationship with Dorrans and much more.
But that’s not all, in this issue you will also find the following:
- A welcome and thanks to the Rangers fans from Managing Director Stewart Robertson
- An exclusive interview with Feyenoord manager and former Ger Giovanni van Bronkhorst
- An exclusive new interview with former Gers defender Michael Ball
- Niko Kranjcar chatting us through his “My Top Team” of players he’s played with
- An interview with Development Squad striker Zak Rudden & his 20 Questions
- Manager and Captain programme notes covering a number of subjects
- A look back at the Rangers Sports within our archive section
- Peter Lovenkrands Q&A with the Rangers Youth Development Fund
- Remembering another Great Goal – this time Gazza‘s against Hibs in December 1995
PLUS there is a tricky quiz to test your football knowledge, Fast Facts , On This Day, Andy Cameron, Snapshot, Junior Gers and last word with Tom Miller speaking about the resurgence of Josh Windass this season so far.
All this and so much more will be in the official matchday programme, price just £3.50. Don’t miss it!
DIGITAL PROGRAMME DOWNLOAD
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HOW TO WATCH LIVE
IF you’re outside the UK then you can enjoy the whole of the match against Hibernian live on RangersTV.
Regular commentator Tom Miller will bring you full commentary throughout the 90 minutes with former Gers player Andy McLaren.
Before the match, fans watching the RTV broadcast will be able to watch highlights of a classic 2-0 win over Parma from August 1999, followed by Niko Kranjcar discussing his “Top Team” in the latest in that series of programmes.
Then there’s an exclusive new interview with Ryan Jack on how he’s settling in at the club and alongside Graham Dorrans, followed by an exclusive new interview with Pedro Caixinha.
At half time, Alan McLaren and Tom will review the action from the first half with some analysis, followed by a new feature with Development Squad player Zak Rudden.
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