Hibernian head into the first leg of their promotion/relegation play-off in the kind of form that will have the scent of blood mingling with that of victory champagne in Hamilton nostrils.
Terry Butcher’s Premiership parachuters have won just one of their last 19 games, losing eight of the last nine, yet the Accies can be backed for home success at 29/20.
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Bizarrely the visitors are only a sliver longer in the betting at 6/4, with the draw priced up at 11/5.
However, backing the South Lanarkshire scholars looks the way to wave your wedge considering they’ve won six of their last seven matches at New Douglas Park.
Punters after a more substantial return on their investment are pointed in the direction of a visiting blank at 19/10, with the capital city side 388 minutes down the road from their last away goal.
It’s a projected turn of events that will have negative implications for any Rangers fans doing some early-bird opposition scouting ahead of their Championship campaign next term.
Hibs have lost seven of their last ten at Easter Road, so defeat in Hamilton would do much to consign them to life in a 2014/15 Championship from which Harry Houdini
would have trouble extricating himself.
Arguably never in living memory will the Scottish second tier have been as chock-full of the nation’s biggest bairns as it will if Rangers, Hearts and their Edinburgh rivals are all involved.
Life in what would be a fiercely-competitive division would surely come as the rudest of awakenings for a ‘Gers side grown used to steamrollering foes of comparatively Lilliputian stature in the seasons since their demotion.