It’s been a disappointing season for Rangers in a number of ways but, on Saturday, they go to Hampden Park knowing that the Third Division title is already in the bag and looking to celebrate their success in front of a large crowd at the home of Scottish football.
As Ally McCoist’s team slunk home last Saturday after yet another dismal draw, this time with Montrose (a result this punter saw coming at a whopping 5/1), little did they know that just a few hours later they would be crowned champions following Queen’s Park’s surprise home defeat to Elgin.
Most people had already pencilled in this Saturday’s clash at the national stadium as the day that the beleaguered Ibrox club would seal their passage out of the bottom tier of Scottish football but instead it will just be a day of stress-free celebration for the players, management and supporters of Scotland’s most troubled club.
Queen’s Park’s challenge came to an end following their failure to win for three games, losing at Berwick before Saturday’s defeat to Elgin was followed up by a midweek draw at home to Stirling Albion that leaves them still occupying second place in the table but languishing a huge 21 points behind Rangers.
And with the pressure off for the first time this season, the Gers could finally start to play some of the football that is expected of a squad of their stature.
The Light Blues are 2/5 to cap their title party by taking all three points, while Gardner Spiers (who this week became Scotland’s longest serving manager after Billy Reid left Hamilton Accies) is 5/1 to lead his Queen’s side to a party-pooping victory, with the draw available at 333/100.
Rangers’ recent form of three consecutive 0-0 draws might suggest that backing another tie is a decent option, but I fancy them to arrest their slump now that the pressure is off.
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Like Rangers’ season, it might not be a stunning return, but it will be enough to raise a quiet smile of satisfaction come 5pm.