Our prediction for this Scottish Premiership match:
Rangers will be aiming to build on a routine 3-0 win over Hibernian when they welcome Kilmarnock at their Ibrox Stadium on Boxing Day. The Gers aim to melt Celtic’s advantage in the Scottish Premier League standings, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Killie. Rangers have been scoring goals for fun under Steven Gerrard, and we are positive that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration on Boxing Day.
Kilmarnock have been playing above expectations in the 2019/2020 season, with the team sitting in the fifth place in the table ahead of the festive fixture. The visitors, though, are unlikely to spoil Rangers’ party at Ibrox Stadium as they suffered a loss in each of their last three league matches. A man to watch in the home team will be experienced attacker Jermain Defoe, who scored his 11th league goal against Hibernian.
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 (Kilmarnock):
Founded on January 5, 1869, Kilmarnock are the oldest professional club in Scotland. The Killie welcome their opponents at Rugby Park, the stadium with the artificial turf. The venue, which was opened back in August 1899, can hold up to 17,889 people.
Kilmarnock won their first and only Scotland Premier League trophy in the 1964/65 season despite being level on points with Hearts at the end of the season. Fellow Ayrshire club Ayr United are considered the Killie’s bitterest rivals. The two teams have been facing each other in the Ayrshire derby since September 1910.
Dark blue is the dominant colour of the club’s home kit, while Kilmarnock footballers wear yellow and blues kit when playing on the travels. The Killie recorded their biggest win back in 1896, with the team beating Saltcoats Victoria 13-2 in the second round of the Scottish Qualifying Cup. The club suffered their biggest defeat in August 1938 as they were hammered by Celtic 9-1 in the Scottish League Division.