THE only online bookmaker listing first-scorer prices on all SPFL games are McBookie.com. It’s a great service they provide and we’ve teamed up with the Scots firm to look at some of the best bets from the Scottish lower leagues.

Also, leave a first-scorer prediction for any of the weekend SPFL matches at the end of this article to have a chance to win a £10 free bet with McBookie.com. After a random draw last week’s winner was Tam – email [email protected] to claim your prize.

Here is McBookie.com‘s Damian Walker with his first-scorer predictions for this weekend.

He says: A Happy New Year to all of this column’s readers. January is a dangerous time of the season for McBookie when it comes to scorer betting in the SPFL.

Numerous loan deals – often to multiple players at the same club – come to end, plus others are signed or extended. The shape of teams can change dramatically as well as positions in which some players are asked to play.

Luckily we can be fairly sure who will be playing in Queen of the South’s stable squad and where their goals will be coming from.

As has been mentioned here before the Doonhamers pretty much share all their goals between four players – Derek Lyle, Iain Russell, Gavin Reilly and John Baird.

In fact the quartet have scored 24 of their side’s 31 Championship goals. And more look to be coming their way this weekend when Queen of the South host Livingston and nine-goal man Reilly can be backed at 9-2 with McBookie to make it 10 for the season with the opener.

At the start of the 2014-15 campaign Morton manager Jim Duffy had such a striker shortage through injuries and lack of signings that centre-back Thomas O’Ware was sent up front to get the goals.

Punters got wind of it and McBookie were a bit slow to cotton on and luckily survived a plunge on the new forward at 33-1 for the first goal in one of their early matches.

And luckily for Duffy and Morton salvation came in the form of Aberdeen loanee Declan McManus. The striker was an instant hit at Cappielow and has scored nine goals in 18 league appearances for the Ton since August.

McManus leads the League One scorers’ table but can be backed at 10-1 with McBookie to still be there after the final game of the season.

Looks a massive price doesn’t it? The only problem is McManus is heading back to Aberdeen to try to get a regular place in the Dons team win a new contract.

Should he fail to impress at Pittodrie he is almost certain to end the season at Morton back on loan.

With such a lot riding on the next month or so for McManus he will be giving it his best shot and can be backed at 9-2 with McBookie to open the scoring in what could be his final start for Morton on Saturday when they host Airdrie.

When John Gemmell dropped down a league in the summer to join an Albion Rovers set-up that was flush with cup money it was expected he would run riot in the basement.

But it hasn’t quite worked out that way and the striker has just three league goals to his name this season from 13 appearances.

In fact it is the league goals of Scott Chaplain that have been instrumental in taking the wee Rovers up to second spot in the table. Chaplain seems to be a streaky scorer and has certainly been on a hot streak this season, scoring nine league goals in 11 appearances.

Albion entertain Annan on Saturday and Chaplain is 6-1 with McBookie to net the first goal of the game.

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  1. Tiger White 3 years ago

    Paul McManus – Arbroath v Montrose, 7/2 @ McBookie.

  2. malcolm caithness 3 years ago

    Gavin Reilly of Queen of South @ 5.5 McBookie

  3. Barryt83 3 years ago

    James keatings hearts 4-1 mcbookie

  4. Liamaldinho 3 years ago

    Jason Cummings 8/1 mcbookie

  5. Paul Sinnamon 3 years ago

    Paul mcmanus Arbroath v Montrose
    7/[email protected]mcbookie

  6. cockerspaniel 3 years ago

    Malonga ( Hibs) 7/1 @ McBookie

  7. theresa higgins 3 years ago

    Blair Alston 13/2 ( McBookie )

  8. raaljaca 3 years ago


  9. ben 3 years ago

    Keatings 4/1

  10. Donald Priest 3 years ago

    Rory Loy Falkirk
    4-1 with McBookie

  11. Neil cunningham 3 years ago

    Paul woods queens park
    13/[email protected]mcbookie

  12. Wee Pat 3 years ago

    Chaplain (Albion Rovers) 6/1 with McBookie

  13. Mike Slesser 3 years ago

    James Keatings 4/1

  14. eastcoaster 3 years ago

    Peter Pawlett – motherwell v ABERDEEN

    11/1 @ mcbookie

  15. Smiler 3 years ago

    Simon Murray 7/2 @ mc bookie arbroath v Montrose

  16. Jambodaz 3 years ago

    Danny Wilson 25-1 @ mcbookie

  17. havenocluewhatimdoing 3 years ago

    James Keatings 9/2 @ Boylesports

  18. Craig Sneddon 3 years ago

    Reilly – QOS – 9/2 @ mcbookie

  19. Chris D W K 3 years ago

    Billy McKay 4/1 Inverness vs St Mirren

  20. Dennis The Menace 3 years ago

    J. Keatings: [email protected]/2

  21. tonytanaka 3 years ago

    Lee Currie (Berwick) 9/2 mcbookie

  22. austin hay 3 years ago

    Declan McManus – Morton 9/2 @ mcbookie

  23. Ian M 3 years ago

    Guidetti (Celtic) @ 4.20

  24. Lyall 3 years ago

    Paul McManus for Arbroath at 7-2.

    Sorry to be predictable.

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