Our prediction for this Scottish Cup match:
Rangers will be looking to build on the Old Firm derby win when they take on Stranrear in the fourth round of the Scottish FA Cup. Steven Gerrard’s troops are enjoying a very successful season, and, no doubt, the former Liverpool captain wants to win everything with the Ibrox Stadium outfit. Rangers are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we predict that they are going to advance to the FA Cup last 16 without any difficulties.
Stranraer, on the other hand, have been struggling in the League One this season, and, as a result, they sit in the relegation zone ahead of the trip to Glasgow. The League One team have been struggling at the back of late, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Rangers’ party at Ibrox Stadium. In their last meeting in a competitive match Rangers outclassed Stranraer 3-0.
Highlighted Player (Steven Davis):
Born in Ballymena on 1 January 1985, Steven Davis is probably the most famous Northern Irish footballer of the 21st century, and he was one of team’s youngest ever captains, having been awarded the armband just over a year after making his debut for the national team.
The combative midfielder has spent his entire career up to date in the UK, enjoying successful spells with Aston Villa, Fulham, Rangers and Southampton, while representing the country of his birth at various youth levels before getting a chance to shine at the biggest stage.
Davis soon established himself as a leader of the Northern Ireland football team, missing just a handful of competitive fixtures since making his debut in 2005. The central midfielder scored 2 goals to help the national team finally secure their place at a major tournament, with an impressive Euro 2016 qualifying campaign likely to remain fresh in the minds of both the players and fans alike in years to come.
Highlighted Team (Rangers):
Glasgow Rangers are one of the two synonyms for Scottish Football. Glasgow Rangers were founded back in 1872 and they have been playing an important role in the Scottish top flight ever since. The Gers won their 54th Scottish Premier League title in the 2010/2011 season, but winning of European Cup Winners’ Cup trophy in 1972 is considered the club’s biggest success.
Glasgow Rangers defeated Dynamo Moscow in the final of the competition, with the likes of Stein and Johnston (two goals) scoring for the Scottish side. Celtic are considered the club’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two teams meet in the Old Firm derby. The likes of Paul Gascoigne, David Weir, Stefan Klos, Chris Boyd, Ian Durrant and Kenny Miller are some of Rangers’ former notable players.
It has to be noted that the Gers welcome their rivals at Ibrox Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 50,817. Rangers’ support is largely drawn from the Protestant Unionist community.