SPFL Scottish Premiership
Date: 6th August 2016
Live on Sky Sports 1
Hamilton Accies fans won’t like it but Rangers have landed the easiest possible start to their Premiership campaign.
A home tie to the side who I predict will prop up the table in my Scottish Premiership Ante Post Betting Preview is as handy as it gets. But as the old maxim states there are no easy games at this level.
The Gers cruised into the next stage of the League Cup. But save for one half against Motherwell they weren’t tested. Motherwell gave them a right fright in the first half, too. The eventual result could have had a very different complexion had The Steelmen not been wearing steel toe cap boots on their feet.
Burnley revealed their defensive frailty in a preseason friendly. While there is plenty of reason for hope and optimism at Ibrox the questions still remain. Just how well will they fare when in regular opposition to higher quality sides?
I personally need a little more convincing that the defence will stand up to the examinations ahead. Mark Warburton spent last week pitching the notion of another defensive signing. This week he has backtracked slightly.
Danny Wilson misses Saturday’s match so Clint Hill will likely deputise. In the coming weeks I would expect some sort of addition to the defensive lines even if it comes from the loan markets.
But Hamilton have defensive worries of their own. Jordan McGregor, signed on loan from Hibs, will miss the match. That adds to a defensive injury list as long as Martin Canning’s arm. The Rangers attack could take advantage of that and quite spectacularly.
They could, but I still need a little more convincing.
Rangers v Hamilton Betting Preview Best Betting Odds
Handicap backers can get 2.05 (21/20) with Coral for Rangers -1 handicap and that has potential.
Both teams to score could have a chance at 1.95 (19/20) with bet365. I would be inclined to back that rather than +2.5 goals at a best 1.7 (7/10) with Betbright.
Rangers v Hamilton Betting Preview Free Football Tips & Predictions
Both teams to score @ 1.95 with bet365