Hamilton and Rangers kick off this weekend’s Scottish Premiership action when they clash at New Douglas Park on Friday night.
The Accies have recorded only two league wins in 17 games but they remain one of the hardest teams in Scotland to defeat. With 10 draws on their record already, only the current top four in the league have lost fewer games.
In midweek, Hamilton stood toe-to-toe with runaway league leaders Celtic at Parkhead and Martin Canning’s side were able to count themselves unlucky not to leave Glasgow with a share of the spoils.
Leigh Griffiths scored Celtic’s only goal at a stage of the game where Hamilton were getting on top. That performance should bolster confidence ahead of the visit of Rangers and Hamilton are fancied to add another draw to their CV, priced at 3/1 with ComeOn!
Rangers have played eight league games away from Ibrox since rejoining Scotland’s top flight. The Light Blues have managed just three wins, against Dundee, Inverness and Partick Thistle – currently the bottom three sides.
Each of those victories has come to Mark Warburton’s side by the odd goal. Hamilton showed little fear when these teams met in Glasgow in August, Ali Crawford putting the visitors ahead before Martyn Waghorn’s second-half leveller. Another 1-1 draw, available at 27/4 with ComeOn!, would come as no surprise.
Celtic welcome Dundee on Saturday afternoon and they will expect to continue their apparent stroll through the domestic campaign with another win. Bhoys boss Brendan Rodgers paired Moussa Dembele and Griffiths together in midweek and they combined for the only goal against Hamilton.
Griffiths is relishing his chance to shine now he’s back in favour. Celtic are 1/10 to win the match and there seems value in backing last season’s 40-goal striker Griffiths to find the target anytime at 10/19 with ComeOn!
New Hearts boss Ian Cathro suffered defeat to Rangers in his first match in charge. The ex-Newcastle assistant makes his Tynecastle bow on Saturday with a much more appealing fixture against basement club Partick Thistle.
The Jambos have been excellent at home in recent times, winning three of their last four, including comprehensive back-to-back wins over Motherwell and Rangers late last month. The Edinburgh side can oblige at 2/3 with ComeOn! by accounting for a Thistle side with just one point from the last 15 on offer.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Aberdeen make the journey to Ross County. The Dons were denied a chance to close the gap on second-placed Rangers by floodlight failure in their midweek game with Motherwell.
Ross County are resolute – they’ve lost just once in five games – but they also find winning tough with just one victory in 14 games dating back to August. Jim McIntyre’s men were hit for four at Pittodrie in October and may play second fiddle to Aberdeen once more. The visitors are 4/5 with ComeOn! to collect all three points.