A LOT has already been said about this match and whatever happens I think it will be tense and tight with the play-off final spot on the line until the sides meet again in Edinburgh on Saturday.
Rangers will be hoping home advantage, a huge crowd and feelgood factor after the news chairman in waiting Dave King has been passed fit and proper to take over the club helps them to a first-leg advantage.
King will take his seat in the director’s box after flying in from his home in South Africa but I’m not sure he’ll be smiling at the end of 90 minutes and believe the prices are weighted too much in favour of the Ibrox men.
Rangers edged into the semi-finals with a 3-2 aggregate win over Queen of the South and they were pushed all the way while Hibs players sunned themselves on a six-day training trip to La Manga.
Both teams are 5-6 to qualify for the final and that makes Hibs look big at 2-1 with bet365 to win tonight – and that’s dropped from 3-1 – while Hibs draw no bet is 5-4 with McBookie and BetVictor.
In parts of both ties with Queens there were good moments for Rangers but at other times they looked vulnerable and Easter Road gaffer Alan Stubbs won’t have seen anything to fear.
Hibs have beaten the Ibrox men three times this season but lost the last time they met – and the one thing about them that’s questioned is bottle or the lack of it.
Stubbs’s men recovered to win six of their last seven games and pip Gers to runners-up spot. Crucially that meant missing the Queens games so while Hibs will be refreshed will they be able to hit the ground running?
I’m sure it will be tight and tense tonight and can’t see either side winning by more than one goal.
To win Gers are 13-10 at McBookie and BetVictor but I’m eyeing up a draw at 13-5 with boylesports.
Under 2.5 goals looks a decent shout at 19-20 with McBookie and bet365 and as an edgy start is expected consider time of the first goal after 28 minutes at 19-20 with McBookie.
Unless you’re looking at Haris Vuckic at 6-1 with McBookie and Ladbrokes picking a Rangers first scorer is tough. For Hibs the man to look at is Jason Cummings at 15-2 with boylesports.
Against Rangers he grabbed two at Ibrox back in September and finished the season with eight goals in 10 games.
Meanwhile, here are some specials based on stats sent in by William Hill’s Owen Scott. These are not tips but may help when making your selections.
Lee Wallace scored the opener when
Rangers won at Easter Road in March.
WALLACE TO SCORE AND RANGERS WIN 17-2
Jason Cummings scored a double when
Hibs won at Ibrox in September.
CUMMINGS TO SCORE 2 OR MORE 11-1
Rangers scored in both halves against
Hibs in March.
RANGERS TO SCORE IN BOTH HALVES 13-8
Hibs scored in both halves when
defeating Rangers in February.
HIBERNIAN TO SCORE IN BOTH HALVES 3-1
Nicky Law scored in Rangers’ last home
win which was against Raith in April
LAW TO SCORE AND RANGERS WIN 6-1
Jason Cummings has scored in each of
Hibs’ last four away victories.
CUMMINGS TO SCORE AND HIBS WIN (price to come)
Mr Fixit’s Recommended Bets
Cummings to score (7.45pm)
1st goal after 28mins
Hibs draw no bet
Motherwell to win promotion
(11-8, Betfred, Ladbrokes)
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