Our prediction for this Scottish Premiership match:
Rangers will be looking to bounce back from a shocking 2-1 loss to Kilmarnock when they welcome Livingston at their Ibrox Stadium. The Gers aim to keep their hopes of winning the Premiership title alive, and this has to go down as a must-win game for them. Steven Gerrard’s troops are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at the Lions.
Livingston, on the other hand, have been impressive at home ground of late, with the team recording a win in each of their previous six home fixtures in the national championship. The Lions, though, are not regarded as good travellers, and given the importance of Saturday’s football game for the hosts, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. A man to watch in the home team will be Scott Arfield, who has found his goal-scoring touch of late.
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 (Livingston):
Nicknamed the Lions, Livingstone are the Scottish Premier League club founded during the Second World War (1943) under the name of Ferranti Amateurs. Livingston welcome their opponents at Almondvale Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 9,512.
The Lions are known for their amber home kit, with the team wearing white when playing on the travels. Livingston have yet to win the Scottish Premier League title, but they did remarkably well to go all the way in the Scottish League Cup in the 2003/2004 season. The Lions recorded a 2-0 win over Hibernian in the title game played at Hampden Park in Glasgow.
Livingston registered their biggest win against Stranraer (8-0) in August 2012 in the first round of the Scottish League Cup, while their most massive defeat came on December 14, 1974, as they were beaten 8-0 by Hamilton. Legendary Premier League coach Paul Lambert is regarded as one of the club’s most notable players.