Rangers remain unbeaten this term, the loss on penalties in midweek notwithstanding but they’re finding life harder than perhaps they expected in the third division, especially on the road where opponents have raised their game considerably.
As a result, the ‘Gers have drawn all three away matches in the league but at home, by contrast, they had been pretty ruthless before Tuesday, scoring plenty of goals as the advantage opponents have in hosting the Light Blues in surroundings slightly more humble than Ibrox, is eradicated.
Ally McCoist’s boys then, will be grateful to be on their own patch this afternoon and it’s hard to envisage them not getting the better of Montrose, hence BetVictor’s 1/9 for a ‘Gers triumph.
That price obviously gives little away so punters can be forgiven for speculating on the extent of what looks like an inevitable Rangers victory. The handicaps are one place to do just that and there, Paddy Power penalise the hosts by three goals at odds of 9/5.
Alternatively, with the Gable Endies given a two-goal start by Skybet, McCoist’s troops are 8/11 and more specifically, punters can cover both a 3-0 and 4-0 success, at 7/1 (bet365) and 17/2 (Stan James) respectively.
As the Light Blues are expected to get amongst the goals, there is likely to be plenty of market support for a Fran Sandaza opener but at only 5/2 via Ladbrokes, the Spaniard does little to set the pulse racing.
Instead, Barrie McKay isn’t without appeal at 4/1 with bet365 but it’s Ladbrokes’ 9/2 for Dean Shiels to break the deadlock that really stands out. The Northern Ireland international has bagged a couple of home goals this term and also on target for his country recently, the 27-year-old can make an impact in this one.