Why Rangers can go unbeaten in Scotland this year

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Rangers’ time in the doldrums of Scottish football is almost over but with Ally McCoist’s men odds-on to secure a top flight return Ladbrokes has made a special market available to keep things interesting.

The Glasgow giants are 4/11 favourites to win the Scottish Championship but such is the level of the country’s second tier the bookmaker is going 20/1 that the Ibrox outfit wrap up promotion without tasting a single defeat.

If Arsenal can do it against the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea south of the border, Rangers should manage it without breaking a sweat.

Here Ladbrokes News looks at their opponents for the coming year and shows why 20/1 is a fantastic price on an untouchable season for Rangers.

Alloa

While league meetings have been hard to come by the sides played in the Scottish FA Cup last year – with Rangers convincing 7-0 winners. Throw new signings Kenny Miller and Kris Boyd into the mix and it’s a recipe for disaster for the Wasps.

Cowdenbeath

The Miners last inflicted defeat on Rangers in 1949 and the most recent meeting saw them run out 5-0 losers. Having lost former Rangers prospect Kane Hemmings, who smashed 24 goals in 39 games for Cowdenbeath last term, to Barnsley Rangers should win at a canter here.

Dumbarton

Last beat Rangers in 1895 – and that’s not a typo – and were swatted aside 4-1 in their most recent meeting. The Gers may struggle at times this year but it won’t be here!

Falkirk

Rangers won their FA Cup fixture easily last year, progressing with a 2-0 victory, meaning all three of the meetings since 2012 have seen Rangers win without conceding a single goal.

Hearts

Another fallen giant in the Championship, but not one expected to give Rangers a fright. The Midlothian club lost 3-0 in their most recent game and have won just once in the last six meetings.

Hibernian

Hibs make up the trio of big names in the league but have won just once in 19 meetings with Rangers. Last time they played in the same league Rangers did the treble on them, winning 1-0, 2-0 and 4-0!

Livingston

In 15 meetings between the two clubs Rangers have won 11, with three draws and one victory for the Lions. Their most recent game was a 4-1 drubbing – in favour of Rangers – so expect more misery for the Amber Machine.

Queen of the South

Last beat Rangers in 1956 and lost their League Cup encounter 3-0 last term. Enough said!

Raith Rovers

Rovers actually enjoyed a 1-0 win over Rangers in the League Cup last year but that anomaly followed 6-0 and 4-0 losses and ended a winless streak against the league favourites dating back to 1970.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.