The season hasn’t even reached September and Rangers are already on the verge of their second European elimination of the campaign following their 2-1, first leg reverse at NK Maribor in the Europa League.
Crucially however, the ‘Gers bagged themselves an away goal in Slovenia and that means they’re 4/6 favourites with to make it through while Stan James quote them at 8/15 to register a second leg victory at Ibrox.
Old Firm rivals Celtic did themselves no favours by drawing 0-0 at home to Swiss outfit FC Sion but the one consolation for Neil Lennon’s charges is that they didn’t concede an away goal. A strike of their own in the Stade Tourbillon will put the Hoops firmly in the driving seat then and bookies acknowledge as much so they’re 8/11 (William Hill) to progress.
A score draw will be enough for Celtic, who are subsequently as high as 21/10 via Stan James to come out on top, but like Rangers they can do enough to reach the group stage and the Glasgow pair double up at more than 7/4 with Blue Square to qualify.