In all honesty, aside perhaps Killie at home, which Steven Gerrard’s men dispatched with ease, Rangers haven’t really had a single major domestic test yet.
Not a single real test of our league credentials – the closest if we overlook the comfortable afternoon v Alex Dyer’s side was our trip to Aberdeen, where the home side took the field without a proper striker and failed to come close to landing a glove.
This all changes on Sunday, with Rangers’ massive trip to Easter Road and a Hibernian flying very high indeed. Hibs have won five of their seven matches, with only Aberdeen taking full points from them, while Motherwell got a point, all on Hibs’ own patch.
So while they are far from invulnerable at home, they will certainly be a huge hike in quality from many of the SPL sides Rangers have put away.
And it’s the first real and true test for Steven Gerrard’s side.
True, there’ll be no Scott Allan, with his ‘health issue’ ruling him out for a while, but Hibs have been solid this season regardless, and while this match is not the be all and end all for Stevie’s side, it’s a huge statement of intent to go to this ‘recent rival’ and pick up three points.
Preferably without conceding any – because Rangers will be up against Kevin Nisbet who is neck and neck with Kent and Edouard for goals scored at the top of the charts with four, and he’ll be a lot to handle for our defenders.
Get through this one with three points and it’s a marker and a big one at that.
Rangers’ fringe side thumped the Red Imps easily.
Rangers’ full side should be able to absolutely crush Hibs with something to spare.