Rangers have done well to keep up to pace with Celtic on the domestic front even though they lost against their direct rivals not too long ago. Gerrard’s team failed to make even the finals of any of the cup competitions last season, and the Gers would look to change that this campaign. They will travel to Almondvale Stadium to take on Livingston in the Scottish League Cup quarter-finals to secure a place in the last four.
Livingston started their season well, but they have now suffered back to back defeats. Rangers have already gotten the better of Livingston this season as they won 3-1 this month.
What to expect from Rangers
Gerrard will undoubtedly have an eye on two big fixtures coming up as they will take on Aberdeen at the weekend in the league. Then they will travel to Switzerland to take on Young Boys in the Europa League. Therefore we can expect some changes to be made in this encounter from the gaffer and some key players could be rested. Flanagan and Jordan Jones are expected to miss out due to injury. Ryan Kent was rushed into action after he was signed this month and he too is likely to be on the sidelines.
Rangers are likely to set up in a 4-3-3 formation. We expect them to dominate proceedings, but Livingston can provide some resistance as they are decent defensively. Gerrard’s men will look to stretch the pitch and Livingston will have to deal with a lot of low and high crosses.
What to expect from Livingston
Holt’s men are likely to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. They will have plenty of defending to do, but the manager will hope that when they can get the ball, they would play their way out to trouble Rangers on the counter. Livi have some confident ballplayers, so they certainly can catch Rangers out.
Rangers predicted lineup
McGregor, Katic, Goldson, Barisic, Tavernier, Jack, King, Aribo, Stewart, Barker, Defoe
Livingston predicted lineup
Stewart, Lamie, Guthrie, Devlin, McMillan, Crawford, Bartley, Jacobs, Lawless, Erskine, Robinson
On paper, this game might favour Rangers, but we are expecting a closely fought encounter as Livingston have looked impressive this season. However, we still expect Gerrard’s men to eke out a win, and they should come away 2-1 winners. An upset cannot be counted entirely out especially because Rangers might have an eye on the upcoming two big games.
Rangers Win 4/11
Livingston Win 7/1
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