The Hope CBD Stadium is a ground that not many football teams like to visit, but Rangers certainly do.
This Sunday, Rangers make the journey to Hamilton to take on the aritficial surface that nobody is a fan of. In recent days, a story has emerged involving Premiership players looking to take a stand against the surfaces.
But, despite the outcry against the plastic pitches, stats prove that Sunday’s venue is certainly a happy hunting ground for the Ibrox men.
In their last to trips to Accies, Rangers have netted a terrific nine goals. Only three players currently with the squad netted in those nine goals, however. Alfredo Morelos, Graham Dorrans, and Daniel Candeias were all on target at New Douglas Park last week.
That’s part of a run that’s seen the Gers net there in their last 26 trips to Accies, a run that goes on since a clash between the sides in 1936. On that day, Hamilton took a famous 1-0 win from Rangers.
Happy times in Hamilton
In their entire history, Rangers have only ever lost at Hamilton on seven occasions. These fixtures have dated back to 1907, so it’s fair to say that Rangers’ record at Hamilton is impressive to say the least.
Of course, Gers fans won’t need much reminding of the shock that occurred last year under Graeme Murty. Hamilton pitched up at Ibrox and took a shock 2-0 success. It was a huge set-back for the former Rangers manager, and started the decline of his regime.
That was the only success Accies have had against Rangers in any of the last 29 meetings with Accies.
Much has been made of Rangers’ away form, and a trip to the Hope CBD Stadium presents Rangers with the chance to arrest those woes. Despite winning at Kilmarnock in a 3-1 Betfred Cup success, Rangers haven’t won away from home domestically. Two draws against Aberdeen and Motherwell have been followed by successive 1-0 defeats at Celtic and Livingston respectively.
Yet, you’ll do well to find a venue outside of Ibrox in Scotland where Rangers have performed so well. Hamilton provides Rangers with a fresh chance to get their title-charge rolling once more. It’s vital they take it.