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Gers under pressure again

Gers under pressure again


A lot can happen in a month, especially in Scottish football it seems.

Just when Rangers thought they were getting within shouting distance of Celtic, things have turned dramatically against Graeme Murty’s improvers.

The Hoops on the other hand are in cruise control despite their failure to beat ten-man Motherwell before the international break.

They are armed with a ten-point lead over Rangers and have a game in hand as the season approaches the home straight.

The title is theirs to lose and that isn’t something they’ve got any intention of allowing to happen.

How different might it have been had Rangers converted their chance in the Ibrox tussle with Celtic early this month. They led twice and faced ten men for the final half-hour, but the Light Blues contrived to lose 3-2.

Another reverse followed against Kilmarnock and once more Rangers are looking for Aberdeen in the rear-view mirror as opposed to Celtic disappearing over the horizon.

For Murty, the task now is to get Rangers back on track in time for the Scottish Cup semi-final dust down with Celtic in a fortnight.

That job begins with a Saturday lunchtime trip to Fir Park to face Motherwell, where Rangers are 20/33 to win the game.

Motherwell stifled Celtic last time out, despite playing the entire second half a man light after they were wrongly reduced to ten men when Cedric Kipre was red-carded for an altercation with Scott Brown that amounted to very little.

A stalemate should have not been a surprise. In their last six games Motherwell have scored four and conceded four. I don’t imagine this lunchtime kick-off is going to be a cracker.

Rangers should probably shade it but, having been burnt a few times this term backing Rangers at odds-on, I’m more inclined to go with under 2.5 goals in the match at 20/21.

Steve Clarke’s work at Kilmarnock really is impressive, with his latest result being that away-day success at Rangers.

Clarke was once touted for the Celtic job, but it might be that Rangers are chasing his services this summer yet.

His Killie team are 20/33 to overcome Hamilton at Rugby Park on Saturday and should oblige.

Accies have lost four of their last six on the road and face a home team brimming with confidence.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Celtic host Ross County while Aberdeen welcome St Johnstone and Partick Thistle are in Edinburgh to face Hibs at Easter Road.

At odds of more than 7/2 an accumulator on the four home teams (Aberdeen, Celtic, Hibs, and Kilmarnock) might be a decent shout this Easter Saturday.


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Enda McElhinney Our racing expert, Enda studies cards in both England and Ireland on a daily basis and knows all the details you need to know when trying to select a winner. He is also a regular football writer and has strong knowledge of the Scottish game, with golf another specialised sport on his CV.