When long-serving manager Harry Cairney quit Annan Athletic just five days before Christmas, being replaced by Jim Chapman, it sparked the Galabankies’ best run of the season as they picked up ten points from a possible 15 in their next five games.
They achieved their first, and only, away win of the season on January 5th and beat promotion-chasing Elgin City and Montrose on home soil.
Since then, though, the malaise which led to Cairney’s demise has returned and the Borderers have slumped to seven games without a win and sit just one point off bottom spot in the league table.
They have conceded an average of more than two goals per game on that run and, on Saturday, they visit the toughest away venue in the division chasing only their second win on the road all campaign.
Their hosts, Rangers, have won 11, drawn two and lost none at Ibrox so far. They have smashed in 39 goals, conceding just eight, and have hit three or more goals in a single game there on nine separate occasions.
When Annan visited Ibrox earlier in the season, Ally McCoist’s men were comfortable 3-0 victors, so there won’t be too many people backing the Black and Golds to inflict the Gers’ first home defeat of the season, even at potentially lucrative odds of 23/2.
In previous weeks, I have tipped the opposition to score against Rangers with great success.
The Light Blues haven’t kept a clean sheet for four games, conceding to Clyde, Berwick Rangers, Stirling and East Stirlingshire, and this bet could be popular again at odds of 9/10 when you consider that Annan haven’t failed to score in six matches stretching back to the start of February.
I’m not convinced, however, that they will have enough firepower, nor indeed enough confidence, to be able to breach the Rangers rearguard this weekend given their poor run and the fact that they have scored only once in three matches against the Gers so far.
Instead, I’m going to back Rangers to extend their great goalscoring record in Glasgow by predicting more than 3.5 goals in the game, which is on offer at 7/10.
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Rangers are huge favourites in the 3-way betting market, priced at 1/10 to take another three points, while the draw is on offer at 29/4, but four or more goals is the value call.