Every away match for Rangers looks set to be a scrap if the less than straightforward start to the campaign is anything to go by and the Light Blues will have to buck up their ideas if they are to pick up points on the road in Division Three as teams raise their games when Ally McCoist’s men are in town.
That was certainly the case at Shielfield last weekend as the ‘Gers were fortunately to emerge with a point from the clash with Berwick and an embarrassed McCoist, who tore into his boys afterwards, will be hoping that home advantage today prompts a more convincing showing.
Punters stung by last Sunday’s stalemate will also be looking to Rangers to do the business as Elgin visit Ibrox and at odds of 1/8 with bet365, the Light Blues look like a home banker against the division’s early pacesetters, BetVictor’s 20/1 outsiders.
Obviously at that price a ‘Gers triumph isn’t going to pay off the mortgage but better returns are on offer should McCoist’s troops cruise to victory, Ladbrokes pricing them at 13/8 in the handicaps where they’ll kick off three goals adrift of the Black and Whites.
Andrew Little continued his excellent run, putting his team 1-0 against the Wee Gers and the striker’s backers will have cashed-in at decent odds on that goal. Having banged in five in his three league games, the 23-year-old is subsequently available at a shorter price of 10/3 with Stan James to break the deadlock but he still stands out at that mark, even if some might think Fran Sandaza represents better value at 11/4 (William Hill).
Rangers actually conceded first, after just three minutes, in their last home league match but they should dominate from the outset here. Bet365 make them 2/5 to again be in front at the end of each half but for a heftier dividend, it might be worth risking a few quid on an emphatic scoreline and Stan James post 17/2 against the ‘Gers firing four times without reply.