Mick Beale is set to take charge of his first game as Rangers manager when they play host Hibs at Ibrox on Thursday evening.

A 1-1 draw at St Mirren just prior to the World Cup break proved to be the last game of the Giovani van Bronckhorst era with the Gers now sat nine points adrift of Celtic at the top.

They have endured a poor season so far, losing all six of the Champions League group games, as well as going down 4-0 to Celtic away from home.

Ex QPR boss Beale returns to Glasgow after being part of the coaching set-up under Steven Gerrard, when he guided Rangers to an unbeaten season.

Hibs are the first opponents for Beale and they arrive into the game on the back of a poor run of form, having lost six of their last seven games.

They are eighth in the table, though a win could lift them up to fourth given how tight the division is.

Rangers vs Hibernian Betting Tips

  • Rangers to win to nil @ 23/20
  • Antonio Colak to score first @ 3/1

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Rangers are still having injury problems defensively, with Connor Goldson, John Souttar, and Filip Helander all set to be absent for Beale’s first game in charge.

Borna Barisic was involved in the Croatia squad that reached the World Cup semi-finals and will not be available in time, though Fashion Sakala could return up front after featuring in a friendly against Bayer Leverkusen.

Ianis Hagi and Tom Lawrence are major doubts despite hopes of both returning to action following the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Hibs have lost striker Martin Boyle to a season-ending knee injury which cost him a trip to Qatar with Australia.

However, Scotland forward Kevin Nisbet could be ready to return from a long-term injury himself after not featuring since February, while winger Aiden McGeady is also in contention.

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Rangers to win to nil @ 23/20

Beale knows what it takes to be a success at Rangers and will now lead the operation after the Gers prized him away from QPR.

With nine points the gap between Rangers and Celtic, the title race looks all but over, so Beale will hope to implement a good style of football ready for next season.

Rangers are unbeaten at home this season domestically and have only let three goals go past them. They have also won each of their last seven Scottish Premiership matches at home to Hibs.

Lee Johnson’s side, meanwhile, have struggled recently and no side in the division have lost more games at HT/FT than Hibs this season with five.

Antonio Colak to score first @ 3/1

Antonio Colak may be playing with a point to prove on Thursday – he was left out of the Croatia squad despite scoring 14 goals this season.

His form dipped slightly prior to the World Cup with just one goal in his last eight games, but he remains the joint-top scorer in the league.

Eleven of his 14 goals have come at home and he clearly relishes playing in front of the Gers faithful, meaning this is the ideal opportunity to get back to form.

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