RANGERS now know they’re in a title race – although how long it lasts is anyone’s guess.
Hibs have drawn level with the Ibrox men at the top of the Championship but need to fend off suitors of the likes of Jason Cummings when the transfer window opens.
And if Rangers do business of their own by signing a couple of players who will improve the team that could also lead to them running away with it.
Tonight the Ibrox men play their game in hand at home to Dumbarton and while many lesser lights have given Rangers trouble over the past four seasons but they’ve never been rocked by the Sons.
During their lower-league adventures the sides have met six times with the Ibrox men boasting a perfect record. At home they won two Championship encounters 4-1 and 3-1 last season and I expect a similar sort of scoreline tonight.
It’s a big game for Mark Warburton’s men – their game in hand over Hibs who have drawn level at the top.
Rangers cranked up confidence with a 4-0 win against St Mirren on Saturday to reach the Petrofac Cup Final and it would be a surprise if they didn’t grab at least three tonight.
With the Ibrox men no bigger than 1-9 to win at Coral other markets have to be explored for betting opportunities. Rangers have won seven out of seven at Ibrox, scoring 21 goals, but even over 2.5 home strikes is a bit short at 8-15 with Ladbrokes and to net four or more you can get 13-10.
Dumbarton have netted on their two recent trips to Ibrox and scored in all but one of the last five meetings between the sides. Rangers restricted St Mirren to few chances at the weekend but a Sons strike at 33-20 is possible.
Rangers -2 WIN
Rangers and both to score LOSE
Rangers to score a penalty WIN
(3-1, Paddy Power)