Reigning Scottish Premiership champions Rangers kick off the 2021-22 season on Saturday at Ibrox against Livingston. Steven Gerrard’s team go into the campaign as the bookies favourites to win the league once more.

Rangers vs Livingston Match Preview

Sportsbooks’ best betting odds for Rangers to win the Scottish Premiership are 1/2 with just a few days to go until the campaign begins. Livingston are the first hurdle that Rangers have in the defence of their title. Can Livingston take points off of Rangers away from home?

Rangers and Livingston met four times in 2020-21 in all competitions. Rangers claimed three victories and one draw over the course of those four matches. Livingston went to Ibrox and claimed a nil-nil draw last season. Manager David Martindale took over the club in December from 2020 from Gary Holt. He led the Lions to a fifth-place finish in the regular season. The team then played in the Championship Round and ended it in sixth place.

Martindale will hope for a better showing this season against Rangers. If they are to defeat Rangers and improve on results last season, Martindale needs the team to score more goals. They tallied 40 goals while allowing 41 to opponents last term in the regular season.

Can Rangers get off to a great start on Saturday at home or will Livingston finally claim a win versus the reigning champions?

Rangers vs Livingston Betting Odds

 

 

Leading sportsbooks have Rangers as the heavy favourite going into the game with best betting odds of 1/5 to win against Livingston on Saturday. Keep in mind that the Lions went to Ibrox last season and claimed a nil-nil draw. Bookies’ best betting odds for a draw are 6/1. If Rangers drop points to Livingston, it won’t be the end of the world for the club in 2021-22.

 

Celtic go into the campaign having been eliminated from the Champions League second qualifying round and could struggle early on this season. As is typically the case, Rangers and Celtic will fight for the Scottish Premiership title this term.

Livingston are at betting odds of 16/1 to win against Rangers on Saturday. They are major underdogs to claim a victory for the first time against Rangers since 2018-19. Since that win in the Scottish Premiership, Livingston have failed to win 10 straight games in all competitions versus Rangers. The teams will play in front of 23,000 players at Ibrox as ticket allocations were confirmed this week.

Rangers vs Livingston Team News

Rangers need to focus on the task at hand on Saturday, which is defeating Livingston at home. On Tuesday (3 August), Rangers will kick off their Champions League third qualifying campaign against Swedish team Malmo. It is a difficult draw for Gerrard as Malmo are regulars in the Champions League qualifying stages and have appeared in Europa League knockout stages in recent seasons.

Rangers re-signed striker Jermain Defoe to a one-year contract. The veteran striker is 38-years-old but can still score goals in the Scottish Premiership. Three players have arrived on free transfers and make up the only significant moves the club has made this summer. Midfielders Nnamdi Ofoborh arrived from Bournemouth and veteran John Lundstrum joined from Sheffield United. Forward Fashion Sakala arrived from Belgium’s Oostende.

Gerrard has a massive squad going into matchday 1 of the season. Rangers are playing on multiple fronts and if the team does qualify for the Champions League group stage, Gerrard could use the large squad to his advantage. However, the manager is likely to shed a few unwanted players before the end of August.

 Midfielder Alan Forest led Livingston in goals last season with 11 in 39 matches. He was the only player to reach double digits. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas added nine goals for the Lions. However, Thomas joined Aberdeen in the offseason.

Rangers vs Livingston H2H

Rangers are unbeaten in 10 straight matches in all competitions versus Livingston. Gerrard’s team is heavy favourites to win the match on Saturday and continue their unbeaten streak. Rangers are on a three-match winning streak against Livingston with a combined score of 6-0.

In four matches against Livingston last term, Rangers did not concede a goal. Gerrard needs the team to focus on Saturday and not look ahead to Malmo in the Champions League.

Rangers vs Livingston Prediction

Rangers to win to nil @ 4/5 - BET NOW

 

 

Based on Rangers’ performances against Livingston last term, our betting tips experts expect the reigning champions to win to nil on Saturday. Rangers have won to nil in three straight games against Livingston. Rangers have not conceded a goal against Livingston in seven straight matches. Our prediction is Rangers will start with a strong win to nil versus the Lions.

 

James Tavernier to score anytime @ 2/1 - BET NOW

 

 

James Tavenier led Rangers in goals in 2020-21 with 19 strikes in 46 games in all competition. Tavenier is the team’s right-back and designated penalty taker. If Rangers get a penalty against a team that is much weaker, Tavenier is likely to step up to take it. He is a dangerous player down the right side as well and gets into goalscoring positions.

 

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 3/4 - BET NOW

 

 

The last time these teams met in the Scottish Premiership, Rangers scored over 2.5 goals in a win to nil. Rangers have a massive Champions League third qualifying round match against Malmo on Tuesday. The Glasgow club are aiming to making the group stage, something Celtic cannot do this term.

 

Our betting tips experts believe Rangers will get a win versus Livingston with little trouble. Livingston may have overachieved last season finishing fifth in the regular season and sixth after the Championship Round. Martindale could see the team regress this season.

Rangers have had strong preseason with draws versus Arsenal and Brighton, and a 2-1 win over Real Madrid. Gerrard’s work at Ibrox is attracting attention. He should get the team off to a great start on Saturday with a win.