Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd has sent a warning to the Ibrox club’s current crop ahead of their midweek Premiership assignment.
Steven Gerrard’s men travel to Rugby Park to face seventh-placed Kilmarnock tomorrow night as they seek to close the gap on league leaders Celtic, who currently hold a seven-point advantage in the title race. The ‘Gers came from behind to defeat Hibernian with a late winner in their last league outing and followed it up by beating Hamilton 4-1 in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.
However, Boyd has told the Light Blues to expect a stern test from the resurgent home side and says that they have no margin for error in their pursuit of a 55th league title. He told Sky Sports: “Rangers can’t afford any more slip-ups, especially at Kilmarnock on Wednesday night. It will be a difficult game, Kilmarnock have turned the corner a little bit under Alex Dyer – their last two league performances were good, with six points from those games.
“There has been a bit of a resurgence from Kilmarnock but it will be a difficult game for Rangers. It always is at Rugby Park.”
Boyd is right to speak of the recent revival from the Rugby Park outfit, who defeated Ross County and Hearts in their last two league outings to arrest a horrendous run of seven Premiership defeats and nine league games without a win (as per TransferMarkt). The latter victory came at Tynecastle, a venue where Rangers have twice failed to win this season and lost on their previous visit in late January.
That was the kind of slip-up to which Boyd alluded in his pre-game verdict, with the ‘Gers also dropping points at home to Aberdeen recently to see the two-point gap they had on Celtic over the winter break being pushed out to seven. Even if they win their game on hand, Rangers would still need to keep winning and hope that their title rivals drop points at least twice.
The ex-Light Blues striker is also correct in saying that the ‘Gers find Rugby Park a difficult nut to crack. They won on their last visit six months ago but it took a stoppage time header from Connor Goldson to secure victory, which ended a three-match winless run at the venue. It was at Kilmarnock in January of last season that Rangers came back from the winter break by losing 2-1 and nullifying the impetus of a post-Christmas victory over Celtic (as per BBC)
History and recent form back up Boyd’s prediction of a tough night at the office for Rangers when they visit Rugby Park on Wednesday and, as their former striker has said, victory is essential if they are to keep the pressure on their Glasgow rivals in the title race.
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