Last weekend I took the unusual step of tipping an away side, Dundee United, to win at Ibrox and I was proven right when the Tangerines notched up a 2-0 victory.
Nothing has happened this week to ease Rangers’ woes, but nevertheless I don’t fancy Dunfermline to have enough firepower to drill another nail into the coffin of the champions’ season.
The Pars haven’t beaten Rangers since 2003 and the two meetings between the sides so far this season have resulted in Rangers wins – 4-0 at East End Park in September and 2-1 at Ibrox in December.
To add to their woes, the Pars have only chalked up one win in their last 14 games in all competitions and only two in their last 24.
They are bottom of the SPL, as they have been for much of the season, and Tuesday’s draw at home to Kilmarnock ensured that they would remain there for at least another week.
Despite all the doom and gloom at Ibrox in recent weeks, Rangers have still won three of their last four SPL matches and will be determined to avoid losing two consecutive games for only the second time this season.
The Gers have spent much of the week trying to re-sign Daniel Cousin, who scored 11 SPL goals in a previous spell at the club. Astonishingly, this is seven more goals than McCoist’s entire available strikeforce have managed between them in their Rangers careers.
Ally McCoist’s side are 1/4 to atone for Sunday’s horror show with a win at East End Park, while the home side are 10/1 to beat the Gers for the first time in nine years.
Dunfermline have only won four games all season and have kept a clean sheet every time, so in other words every time they concede a goal they fail to win. If they are to shock Rangers, then, it could be vital that they keep a clean sheet.
The odds on Rangers not scoring in the game are 13/2, while Dunfermline are a huge 12/1 to win the game to nil.
On the other hand, Rangers are 3/50 to score at least one goal, showing that the bookies don’t have much faith in Dunfermline’s defenders giving their strikers a chance to win it for them at the other end.
Although Dunfermline are unlikely to keep a clean sheet, a Rangers goal-glut doesn’t look particularly likely either.
The Gers have spent much of the week trying to re-sign 35-year-old Gabon striker Daniel Cousin, who scored 11 SPL goals in a previous spell at the club.
Astonishingly, this is seven more goals than McCoist’s entire available strikeforce have managed between them in their Rangers careers (David Healy has three, Andrew Little one, Salim Kerkar none and Kane Hemmings none).
For this reason, a low-scoring Rangers win seems very plausible. Rangers to win with fewer than 2.5 goals in the game is on offer at 9/4 and this could prove a popular choice with punters.
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