For the first time in as long as anybody can remember, Rangers have found themselves shunted off the sports pages of the newspapers this week as drama elsewhere has stolen the spotlight.
The sacking of Scotland manager Craig Levein was quickly followed by news of Hearts’ desperate financial plight and then Celtic’s sensational Champions League victory over Barcelona on Wednesday, meaning that we have barely heard a peep out of Ibrox for the best part of seven days.
It should have come as some relief to the beleaguered Light Blues support that the negative headlines that have plagued their club throughout 2012 seemed to finally be abating, but in their place they have found stories about their greatest rivals’ glory night on the world’s biggest club stage, rubbing yet more salt into their still gaping wounds.
But for Ally McCoist and his men, the quiet build up could be the best thing that has happened to the team this season.
Much has been made of the pressures faced by the team as a consequence of going into every match as overwhelming favourites, with queues of gloating doubters coiled and ready to pounce on any sign of a slip-up. This time, though, Rangers go into Saturday’s match at home to Peterhead almost completely under the media’s radar.
And on the back of their thumping 7-0 win over Alloa in the Scottish Cup last Saturday, McCoist’s troops look in great shape to avenge the 2-2 draw with the Blue Toon in the Division 3 opener back in August.
Another world-record crowd for a fourth tier match is expected and a third consecutive league win is very much on the cards.
Peterhead were tipped by many to be the nearest challengers to Rangers this season, but just one win from their last six games in all competitions has left them trailing in fourth place. On top of that, they have won only once away from home this campaign, losing the other four, and star striker Rory McAllister has only scored once in his last five games after scoring six in six earlier in the season.
All of this means that Rangers should sail to a comfortable win that might get the football world talking about them for all the right reasons again.
The Gers are as short as 7/50 to win the match, while Peterhead are out at 10/1 and the draw is available at 6/1. The stand out bet, however, has to be Peterhead failing to score at 4/5.
After shipping goals earlier in the campaign, Rangers haven’t conceded in their last two SFL games and with McAllister off-colour for the visitors, this looks like it should pay out.
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