YOU could have got 6-1 on a Scottish Championship side lifting the Scottish Cup while it was a massive 40-1 for Hibs and Rangers meeting in Saturday’s final.
Now McBookie.com make Rangers the red-hot 2-5 favourites to lift the trophy ay Hampden. Hibs can be backed at 7-4.
McBookie spokesman Paul Petrie said: “There was always a chance we could have a Championship winner but it is amazing to have an all-Championship final.
“Rangers are clear favourites to win but after missing out on promotion and losing the League Cup Final perhaps Hibs will end their 114-year wait for a Scottish Cup win.”
With the Championship and the less illustrious Petrofac Training Cup in the bag I’m on Mark Warburton’s side to complete a hat-trick by lifting the William Hill Scottish Cup and making a return to Europe.
Hibs boss Alan Stubbs has a big job in lifting his team who face the prospect of an unwanted treble of two cup final losses and play-off defeat.
The one concern is Rangers haven’t played competitively since May 1 and didn’t win any of their last four matches after clinching the title.
There is also the fact Hibs have beaten them twice this season with hitman Jason Cummings relishing games against a side he’s rumoured to be joining in the summer. Cummings is 9-4 at Ladbrokes to score.
However, Warburton seems pretty switched on and I’m sure he’s worked out how to get his players back into top gear.
Preparations included a win against a young Spurs side in London and the rest should benefit his stars at the end of a hectic campaign.
The five meetings between the sides this season have produced
23 goals so hopefully there will be plenty more.
Over 4.5 goals in the match – and remember the average is 4.6 – pays 5-1 at William Hill.
Choosing a Rangers scorer is tough because they fire them in from all angles and Martyn Waghorn returns from injury so it will be interesting to see how match fit he is. Kenny Miller is worth a look at 8-5 with Stan James and others to consider include James Tavernier at 4-1 with Betfred and Andrew Halliday at 11-2 with Betway.
Barrie Mckay has bagged two wonder goals from distance recently – including one against Celtic on his last Hampden visit – in the semi-finals and is 6-1 with William Hill to score from outside the box.
McBookie offer 11-4 for a red card and 11-4 for a penalty to be awarded and they make comeback striker Waghorn 5-1 to be man of the match ahead of 6-1 Miller.
Bets to Consider
Rangers & Btts
Halliday to score