Dropping into the Europa League after Malmo eliminated them from the Champions League qualifiers, Rangers face a trip to Slovenian champions NK Maribor in their qualifying tie and Ally McCoist’s troops are 4/9 with bet365 to put the disappointment in Sweden behind them by reaching the next stage of this competition.
However, they’re away from home in the first leg and although some firms make them slight favourites to come out on top in the Ljudski vrt Stadium, the ‘Gers are in for a rigorous examination.
The best price for a Rangers success is Stan James’ 17/10 but McCoist knows that his side will be firmly in the driving seat even if they just draw and it’s the stalemate at 23/10 courtesy of Totesport, that catches the eye.
Nevertheless, the ‘Gers can grab themselves a crucial away goal and it’s 5/6 () for both teams to find the net in Slovenia, where Nikica Jelavic can make an impact.
The Croatian striker has struck in each of his last three matches, including that defeat at Malmo and he’s 5/1 via Coral to break the deadlock in this one.
Celtic meanwhile, begin their Europa League campaign against Swiss outfit FC Sion and at 4/7 with William Hill, the Hoops look a safe bet to win the home leg.
NK Maribor and Rangers to draw – 23/10 (Totesport)