Rangers moved a step closer to a top flight return last week, edging out Queen of the South in the first leg of their play-off tie at Palmerston Park and ahead of the pair’s second battle, bookies reckon the ‘Gers are a shoo-in to ease through to the semi-final stage.
There’s a huge burden of expectation on Stuart McCall’s boys but they take a 2-1 lead to Ibrox and are subsequently just 1/14 at best with bet365 to set up a double header against Hibs. The Light Blues are also odds-on at 4/7 via Paddy Power to record a second leg triumph and as they successfully negotiated the duo’s Dumfries scrap, they’re hard to oppose back on their own patch.
The Doonhamers are BetVictor’s 6/1 underdogs for the match and an 8/1 shot at bet365 to get through, odds that suggest they’re up against it, nevertheless, they have no choice but to go for it now and they’re capable of making life pretty uncomfortable for the hosts.
For starters, James Fowler’s troops look a certainty to bag themselves at least one goal having struck nine times in five meetings with Rangers this term and subsequently betway’s 17/20 for both teams to find the net should appeal to banker hunters.
More ambitious punters can tackle BetVictor’s 8/1 about McCall’s men again shading it 2-1, Skybet chalk them up at 11/4 to prevail by a one-goal margin and it’s 9/4 (Paddy Power) for both sides to score in a home win.
There’s also likely to be interest at 5/1 (Stan James) in ‘Gers attacker Haris Vuckic breaking the the deadlock. Where goals are concerned though, the smart money will be on visiting striker Derek Lyle. The Doonhamers man has found the target in his last two outings against the Light Blues, including his side’s consolation in the first leg and Paddy Power price him at 7/2 to notch at any stage.