With his team nine points adrift of Championship leaders Hearts following a 2-0 Tynecastle reverse last weekend, Rangers boss Ally McCoist is feeling the heat but bookies don’t feel that the Ibrox legend is under immediate threat, Paddy Power pricing him at 4/9 to still be in charge on the final day of the season (he’s 13/8 to have departed by then).
Bookmakers also believe McCoist’s boys will strengthen his position this afternoon by getting the better of Premiership opposition in the shape of Kilmarnock, Skybet chalking the Light Blues up at 10/11 to ease into the fifth round at the first attempt.
Given Killie’s form it’s easy to see why; Allan Johnston’s side have lost four in a row, scoring just twice in the process and on the back of that run they clock in at 15/4 via BetVictor to arrest their slump in this one.
However, the visitors remain a decent mid-table, top-flight outfit so they’ve perhaps been underestimated a touch and with both teams desperate for a morale boost, it’s easy to see them cancelling each other out.
Rangers have met Premiership opposition twice at home this term, edging it 1-0 on both occasions and goals look set to be at a premium once more in this fixture. Hills quote 6/5 for the teams to come up with fewer than three between them while Kris Boys, coming up against his former club, is the man punters are flocking to in the first scorer betting, where the ‘Gers man is trading at 4/1 (Winner.com).