Rangers and Hibs were expected to fight it out for the title in the Scottish Championship but after the Light Blues mauled the Hibees 6-2 at Easter Road in their Challenge Cup tie on the opening day of the campaign, nobody is looking beyond Mark Warburton’s men for top spot.
The ‘Gers are now just 1/6 with bet365 to be crowned champions while Alan Stubbs’s troops are 11/2 chances at Stan James and today’s showdown between the pair at Ibrox is likely to underline Rangers status as overwhelming favourites for automatic promotion.
Bookies agree so Warburton’s charges are just 11/20 via Ladbrokes to claim all three points at the expense of Hibs, who BetVictor rate as 11/2 outsiders to draw level on points with the league leaders and Skybet chalk 16/5 against a stalemate, a price that might have attracted cash had the pair enjoyed similar starts to the season; in the circumstances however, it’s impossible to oppose the hosts.
Goals have been plentiful across the ‘Gers five matches and there’s no reason that this clash won’t follow suit especially as there were eight when they met last month. Stan James’s 4/7 about a tally of three or more is a banker then but the craftier play is to back a home win combined with a total of more than 2.5 goals at odds of 23/20 courtesy of Hills.
Alternatively, bet365’s 21/10 about both teams scoring in a Rangers triumph catches the eye, Paddy Power price the Light Blues at 13/10 to lead at the end of each half and Martyn Waghorn heads Ladbrokes’s first scorer betting at 4/1.
Rangers to win and both to score – 21/10 (bet365)