In six meetings against Queen of the South last season, Rangers’ record read won two, drawn two and lost two, with Ally McCoist and Stuart McCall both on the receiving end of defeats at Palmerston Park.
It is 13/2 that Mark Warburton suffers the same fate when bringing his Rangers side to Dumfries, but based on results so far, this is highly unlikely.
Rangers know nothing other than winning under Warburton’s guidance, with a perfect record of seven from seven across league and cup so far.
Not since Bill Struth in 1920 has a new Rangers manager opened his stint in the dugout with eight consecutive victories, but it is 9/20 that Warburton ends this 95-year wait with three points at Queen of the South.
The good news for the 54-time top-flight champions is that they are unlikely to be troubled by the artificial playing surface at Palmerston Park, having already experienced similar conditions at both Alloa and Airdrieonians already this season, putting five past both opposition.
In fact, Rangers have netted 18 goals across Warburton’s four away outings in charge, while the home side’s chances of a positive result are far from helped by the continued absence of best striker Dale Hilson because of a foot injury.
Rangers winning with a -1 handicap looks exceedingly good value at 1/1, while the 11/4 that they manage to overcome a two-goal headstart is also worthy of attention.
With this fixture being shown on BT Sport, Ladbrokes’ Sharp Shooter promotion is also being run. If a winning first goalscorer bet breaks the deadlock in the opening 25 minutes of action, backers will be paid out at double the regular odds.
Nicky Clark has opened the scoring in each of Rangers’ last two road trips and is 9/2 to do so again, with James Tavernier potentially a big price at 9/1 after scoring in three of the club’s four matches.
There is also an enhanced price available on the Scottish Championship clash, with Rangers winning a game in which both teams score boosted from 6/4 to 2/1.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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