THIRTEEN seconds – that’s all it took to blow away my assertion Rangers were too short against Dundee in last week’s Scottish Cup quarter-final clash.
I maintain bookies got the prices wrong – even though last weekend’s result vindicated them heavily favouring a Championship side against top-flight opposition.
Layers appear to have made the same mistake with the Old Firm semi-final. Bet365 price the Ibrox men at 4-1 to win in 90 minutes and if they had shops there would be queues outside the door.
Rangers fans believe they can take their rivals’ scalp but boss Mark Warburton wants his players to concentrate on getting over the line in the race for the title, starting when Morton visit tonight.
The Blues are no bigger than 1-5 at Ladbrokes and if they play as they did against Dundee they’ll blow Morton away. That is unlikely though and the Greenock men did draw 2-2 at Ibrox last December but I’m looking at Warburton’s side to win minus one at 4-7 with Ladbrokes. Morton, who recently beat Hibs priced 17-1, are a best 20-1 with Coral.
It was Harry Forrester who hit the lightning quick opener at the weekend and he is 11-2 with bet365 to score first – he has netted in his last three. Rangers have kept four clean sheets in a row and are 10-11 at McBookie to win to nil.
A few weeks ago it was a cert Dundee United would be swapping places with Rangers but three wins in four games has closed the gap on second-bottom Killie to eight points.
United’s worst display in recent weeks was a 3-0 home defeat to Motherwell who are on a decent run of their own and a best 29-20 (McBookie).
It’s a tough one for United who would probably be happy with a draw that pays 5-2. Former Motherwell striker Henri Anier hit a double in the 3-2 Scottish Cup win at Ross County at the weekend and is 4-1 at Betfred to net again.
With United needing to go for the win but likely to concede take over 2.5 goals at 6-7 with 888sport.
Bets to Consider
Forrester to score
Rangers to win to nil
Anier to score
Well v Dundee Utd over 2.5 goals