RANGERS showed their intent as they got the season off to a flier with a 6-2 crushing of Hibs in the Challenge Cup at Easter Road.
It was a real statement about how Mark Warburton was going to approach games and he’s gone on to win his next four to make it a perfect start to his Ibrox managerial career.
Impressed bookies have cut Rangers to just 1-6 for the title and 1-12 to be promoted and McBookie have slashed odds from 12-1 to 6-1 for the Glasgow men to go through the league season unbeaten having been 33-1 a few weeks ago.
Hibs’ start to the season was overshadowed by the Scott Allan transfer saga and after Rangers had a series of bids rejected for the midfielder he signed for Celtic.
Boss Alan Stubbs has had a verbal spat with Warburton and with all 52,000 tickets sold for the game despite live TV coverage I don’t expect it to be dull.
Last season Hibs won twice at Ibrox in the regular season but it didn’t matter a jot as Rangers beat their rivals in the play-offs.
I’m on Rangers this time and while Hibs have been weakened by Allan’s departure they’ve signed Dylan McGeouch from Celtic and taken another midfielder Liam Henderson on loan from the Hoops and there’s no doubt Henderson has quality.
Rangers are a best 8-13 at Ladbrokes and William Hill with Hibs 5-1 at Skybet and the draw 10-3 with McBookie.
I can’t see Hibs capitulating the way they did at Easter Road but like the look of Gers -1 at 31-20 with boylesports.
Both sides should score and that pays 7-10 at Coral while over 2.5 is 4-6 at Skybet. A Rangers win and btts is a best 9-4 at Ladbrokes.
Kenny Miller has been Rangers’ main man up front and is 5-1 at bet365 and McBookie to score first while Martyn Waghorn, who is on penalties, is 4-1 favourite with the same firms.
I correctly predicted a red card at Morton v St Mirren on Friday and while it won’t be my Super Single I can see one at Ibrox today with a bit of bad feeling between the sides the last few weeks and of course Nathan Oduwa could be involved and the tricky wideman has been the subject of some rough treatment. The red is again 3-1 at William Hill.
Rangers -1 (12.30pm)
Rangers win & btts
Miller to score first
(3-1, William Hill)