WAS it a shock or wasn’t it? The debate will rage on after 9-2 shots St Johnstone won at Rangers to end Mark Warburton’s perfect start to his Ibrox career.
Well done everyone on the Saints and as I said we’d find out a lot about Rangers and where they stand. On that showing the defence isn’t ready but at the end of the day that will be dealt and their main aim is to win promotion to the Premiership.
Saints played well – much better than last season when they lost 1-0 – and in Michael O’Halloran they had the man of the match.
There are just three League Cup ties tonight but they feature Scotland’s top three teams. And it would be great for the tournament if Aberdeen, Celtic and Hearts battled after Rangers’ exit which is a blow for the tournament.
Celtic are a shoe-in at home to Raith with boss Ronny Deila knowing fans are demanding him to deliver not just a title, not just a double but The Treble.
The Hoops are no bigger than 1-7 at Betfred so for value you’re going to look at the handicaps. Having demolished Dundee 6-0 at the weekend it should be at least a three-goal win for Celtic again a Championship who have picked up most of their points this season at home.
They lost 5-0 at Rangers and 2-0 at Hibs recently and those results must be a concern for boss Ray McKinnon.
I’d consider Celtic -2 at 5-6 at Paddy Power or -3 at 15-8 but if in doubt check team line-ups as Deila may tinker a little bit with his side.
Raith are 40-1 at Skybet – smaller than Japan were to beat South Africa in the rugby – to cause a seismic shock.
Tie of the night could be Hibs v Aberdeen but there’s only one winner if the Dons repeat their display in the capital on Sunday.
Derek McInnes’s men blew away Hearts with a first-half super show and look a decent punt at 4-5 with Paddy Power. If Adam Rooney starts he’s worth a look at 4-1 with Betfred to score first.
Hibs have got going with four wins in a row, all to nil, after a difficult start but this should be a 10th domestic win in a row for the Pittodrie men.
Hearts on the other hand are trying to avoid a fourth successive loss as they head to Kilmarnock.
Killie have solved their keeper crisis by bringing in Mark Ridgers from St Mirren but it could be nervy one for him against a former side.
There are a few sideshows with Killie boss Gary Locke up against the side that dumped in favour of Robbie Neilson and also Killie have ex-Jambo Kevin McHattie.
It’s a tough one to call but best bet could be both teams to score at 4-5 with bet365.
(5-6, Paddy Power)
(4-5, Paddy Power)
Killie v Hearts btts