Ex-Ibrox boss Alex McLeish predicts winner of Rangers v Hibernian

Alex McLeish believes Rangers will beat Hibernian on Monday.

Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish has told Sky Sports that he is backing Mark Warburton's men to beat Hibernian at Ibrox on Monday afternoon.

Rangers opened the season with 11 straight victories, but have since picked up just eight points from their last six games, with Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Falkirk meaning Monday's clash is huge.

Hibernian's outstanding form means they now sit level on points with Rangers at the top of the Scottish Championship, setting up Monday's battle perfectly, as the two frontrunners for promotion lock horns again.

With two wins, two draws and two defeats from the last six games, Rangers have struggled for form, but must somehow find top gear again as they take on their main title rivals.

One man with ties to both teams is Alex McLeish, who managed Hibs for almost four years before leaving for Rangers in 2001, where he won two league titles in four-and-a-half years.

Now, McLeish has been speaking to Sky Sports about Monday's game at Ibrox, and believes the recent criticism for Rangers is now showing manager Warburton just what the pressure is like whilst managing the Gers.

McLeish also stated that the fancies Rangers to win the game, and claims they must do to prove that they are legitimate title contenders this season.

"I fancy Rangers to bounce back and win this game against Hibernian," said McLeish. "It is a huge game for Mark Warburton who is now finding out how the Old Firm works and what the expectation levels are at Rangers. It's a key game for him and Davie Weir and they must bounce back from the setbacks that have allowed Hibs to catch them.

"There is big pressure on them but normally this is where you see the top guys coming to the fore. When they can win these games then you know they will be real title favourites," he added.

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