On Thursday, the SPL’s independent commission into Rangers’ illegal use of EBT payments to players in the noughties concluded that, while the club were guilty of certain charges, they should be allowed to retain all the titles that they won over the period in question.
And while their fans celebrate that news, attention can now finally turn to clinching another title to add to the collection – this time the Third Division trophy.
Despite Tuesday’s disappointing draw with Stirling Albion, Rangers are still coasting to the championship, sitting 20 points clear of second-placed Queen’s Park as we move into the final quarter of the campaign.
They haven’t lost a league match since early October and they have dropped only four points at Ibrox all season, drawing with Elgin and Montrose.
It is implausible, then, that struggling East Stirlingshire can upset the juggernaut when they visit Govan on Saturday, despite arriving in Glasgow on their best run of the season.
Three wins in a row, and four without defeat, have lifted John Coughlan’s side from ninth up to seventh in the table, but they are still firmly embroiled in a battle to avoid bottom spot, sitting just four points above last-placed Clyde.
They were thrashed 5-1 at Ibrox earlier in the season and then went one worse in a 6-2 defeat at Ochilview in November, so you get the feeling that it will take more than a decent run of form to give them any chance of taking anything from the match.
That is something that the bookies agree with, pricing the visitors at a massive 29/2 to win the game and 27/4 to grab a draw, compared to odds of 9/100 on Ally McCoist’s champions-elect marching on with another victory.
With odds like that, it is best to avoid the 3-way betting market in this one. Instead, a punt on East Stirlingshire finding the net, an outcome that is on offer at 23/20, looks the value play considering their recent upturn in results and the fact that they have scored three in two games against the Light Blues already.
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