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RANGERS v HIBS: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

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JERMAIN DEFOE will miss the opportunity of piling up the goals against Hibs at Ibrox this evening.

The 37-year-old former England international striker was stretchered off with a groin strain after opening the scoring and setting up the second goal for Scott Arfield in the 2-0 home win over Ross County a week ago.

Defoe will watch from the stand as Steven Gerrard’s side take on opponents against whom he rattled in a hat-trick earlier in the season as the Gers ran amok in a 6-1 triumph. The on-loan Bournemouth attacker, who has agreed an extension at the club for next term, has claimed five goals in his last three league games against the Edinburgh men, more than against any other opposition since he joined the Govan club last January.

* RANGERS have won each of their last three league games against Hibs by an aggregate score of 10-1.

* HIBS have lost both of their last two league visits to Ibrox; they last suffered three consecutive away defeats to Rangers in the Premiership back in February 2005 during a run of five.

* RANGERS have kept five consecutive clean sheets at Ibrox in the Premiership – only once previously have they gone longer without conceding on home soil in the competition, a run of eight between March-October 2002).

* HIBS have won just one of their last five away league games, drawing one and losing three. Their solitary success came in the 2-0 victory over Hearts at Tynecastle on Boxing Day.

 

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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