Just like the Scottish Championship, the Challenge Cup is set to enjoy it’s most interesting season in years due to three of Scotland’s biggest clubs making rare appearances.
Rangers, Hearts and Hibernian are all in the second-tier of Scottish football this season and as such qualify for the competition, although Hibs have already been put out at the hands of Gers.
That was one of two home games Rangers have played this season, with a loss to Hearts following the extra-time win over the Jambo’s Edinburgh rivals, and it’s fair to say the fans will be hoping for a more comfortable victory against League Two Clyde.
In the four games these two sides played out when Rangers were in League Two in 2012/13, Clyde managed to score just one goal, losing all four matches.
Even the presence of former Gers midfielder Barry Ferguson in their dugout is unlikely to help their chances of improving that record now their hosts are two divisions above them.
Rangers kept a clean sheet when they beat Falkirk away in their last match, and should record a first home shutout of the campaign in beating Clyde.
The hosts’ last two matches have both been goalless at half-time, with two strikes coming in injury-time when they lost 2-1 to Hearts in their last home game.
Both of Rangers’ goals came after the interval in their 2-0 win at Falkirk, while two of Clyde’s three matches this season have also seen more goals in the second half.
With the Gers expected to win comfortably, it’s tempting to lump on the 3/2 that they score 4+ goals, but McCoist has yet to get his side firing on all cylinders this term and more caution is advisable.
When in League Two, Rangers scored two or three goals in three of the four matches they played against Clyde, and they are yet to net more than two in any game this season.
The Bully Wee had the second-best defensive record in League Two last year and will be focussing all their efforts on keeping Rangers at bay.
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