It’s all about the battle for second in the Championship and presented with an opportunity to put themselves firmly in the driving seat, Rangers fluffed their lines on Thursday, slumping to a shock 3-0 defeat at Queen of the South.
Level on points with Hibs having played a game less before today’s matches, the ‘Gers still have their fate in their own hands but they can ill afford many more days at the office like the one they endured at Palmerston Park.
Stuart McCall’s boys however, should immediately bounce back from their midweek blip as they come up against Raith and bookies agree so the Light Blues are just 2/5 with Ladbrokes to secure a vital three points.
Admittedly Rovers prevailed on their last trip to Ibrox, in the cup in February, but the pair’s other three meetings this term have all gone the way of Rangers and this contest is set to follow suit, the case for the hosts strengthened by the fact that Raith were overhauled by lowly Cowdenbeath last time out.
Only Alloa have managed fewer goals on the road than Grant Murray’s men, a statistic that lends appeal to Paddy Power’s 6/4 about a ‘Gers triumph ‘to nil’ and more accurately, BetVictor rate Rangers at 6/1 to notch twice without reply.
Elsewhere, McCall’s men are 5/6 (Stan James) to dominate by holding a lead when each half is brought to a close and in attack it’s hard to overlook Haris Vuckic. The on-loan front man has found the net five times in his last six outings and looks generously priced at 7/4 courtesy of bet365 to notch at any stage in this one. Bolder punters can back the Slovenian at 6/1 via BetVictor to break the deadlock.
Haris Vuckic to score first – 6/1 (BetVictor)