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Only 90 minutes and inform Rangers stand between St Mirren and their first piece of silverware since 1987. David Russell previews the CIS Cup final.
Rangers remain on course for the treble and are priced at around 2/1 by Stan James for the domestic clean sweep. Walter Smith’s men have made it to the semi-final of the FA Cup, the SPL crown is just about in the bag but this afternoon the ‘Gers can actually collect their first piece of silverware, the CIS Insurance Cup.
The Light Blues face struggling St Mirren at Hampden Park and accordingly they are Totesport’s emphatic 1/6 favourites to leave with the trophy and can also be backed at 2/7 with Paddy Power to prevail in 90 minutes.
Admittedly the Buddies, bet365’s 10/1 outsiders in normal time, held Rangers to an FA Cup draw recently, which could prompt bold punters to stick a quid on them at 9/2 (888Sport) to take this contest to extra-time but as that was one of only three matches across their last 15 against the ‘Gers in which they have avoided defeat; the formbook definitely points to Smith’s troops.
The key could be St Mirren’s lack of goals. Gus MacPherson’s side have averaged less than one a game in the league this term and have drawn a blank in three of their last four; statistics that strengthen the case for a Rangers success ‘to nil’ at 17/20 with Partybets.
Victor Chandler’s 6/1 for the ‘Gers to bag the only goal and Jaxx.com’s 5/1 for Smith’s treble-chasers to notch twice without reply are the scorelines to choose from then, although the Buddies can make their opponents wait for the breakthrough, and the opener therefore looks set to arrive after the 23rd minute; an outcome Paddy Power offer at a tempting 10/11.
That first strike meanwhile, is 5/2 (William Hill) to be struck by Kris Boyd, who bagged a brace of penalties against Dundee United last weekend and the same firm make the prolific Rangers striker 11/4 to manage another double.
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