The return of the Scottish Premiership marks the beginning of a new era for Rangers.
During his time in Glasgow, Mick Beale assisted Steven Gerrard 193 times, but he is now back in charge.
In the 22 games since taking over as Queens Park Rangers’ manager in the summer, the 42-year-old has had nine victories.
The Rangers board, however, believes that Beale is the right choice for them because of how much he impressed them during his stint up north.
Having won just two of their previous five Premiership contests before the World Cup break, the Light Blues are currently nine points behind league leaders Celtic.
This includes a 2-1 defeat at McDiarmid Park and then, in Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s last game in charge, a 1-1 draw with St Mirren.
A tie in Paisley was saved by James Tavernier’s late penalty.
Beale needs to get going right away because Celtic will be in town on January 2 for the second Old Firm match of the season.
Hibernian, however, had trouble maintaining consistency in the early stages of the campaign.
The club of Lee Johnson is currently in eighth place, just five points above the danger zone and five points behind third.
In reality, Hibs has only defeated St Mirren since October 8 and has dropped six of their past seven league contests, including the last three straight.
Some could contend that Johnson is fortunate to still have his job in light of this.
Back in August, when these two met at Easter Road, Josh Campbell’s 94th minute equaliser snatched a 2-2 draw against nine-man Rangers.
Will that be the case again?
1×2 Betting Odds
The betting market certainly doesn’t think so!
Because Rangers are the heavy favourites in this post World Cup clash with odds @ 1.36.
Hibs, who are the away side, come into this with far-fetched odds @ 9.50.
The odds that the game ends in a stalemate stands @ 5.60.
With Hibernian in such dismal form, it’s no surprise to see Rangers as hot favourites! In this home game after the World Cup break, Rangers should be able to get close to Celtic!
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals score will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.66
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.38
So the market expects a few goals in this game, but a win for Rangers at the end of it!