Ally McCoist was on the scoresheet the last time Rangers locked horns with Raith, in a Scottish Premier League fixture at Stark’s Park almost 17 years ago to the day and on that occasion, the Light Blues romped to a 6-0 triumph.
Much has changed since then, neither side is in the top flight for starters, but as the pair prepare to renew hostilities in the Ramsdens Cup final at Easter Road, there are at least two similarities; McCoist will be involved again, albeit in the dugout and it should be another straightforward ‘Gers success.
A 6-0 hammering is perhaps a bit too much to ask at odds of 100/1 with Stan James, it nevertheless looks set to be another comfortable afternoon for the League One champions, who are 1/2 via bet365 to grab their second trophy of the campaign in normal time.
That price is unlikely to help punters that blew their dough on yesterday’s Grand National but McCoist’s boys make for more appeal in bet365’s handicaps, where they’re a 6/5 chance starting a goal in arrears.
Rovers, Paddy Power’s 7/1 underdogs, have been plagued with inconsistency of late but they have found the net in ten of their last eleven matches across all competitions so a case can be made for both teams to find the net at 7/10 (BetVictor).
However, combining that with a ‘Gers triumph offers much heftier returns, at 2/1 courtesy of betway, and more specifically, speculative punters might risk a few quid on the Ibrox giants, at 11/1 (Ladbrokes) to prevail 3-1.
In attack meanwhile, Rangers’ top scorer Jon Daly will be all the rage in Skybet’s first scorer betting at 10/3 but the value could be with Fraser Aird in that market. The midfielder has struck in each of his last three games and is a whopping 12/1 at bet365 to break the deadlock. The same firm rate Aird at 7/2 to net at any time.