Lee McCulloch may have been joking when he told media “I’ll have to put my boots on” for Kilmarnock’s meeting with Rangers on Wednesday night, but he had a point.
Killie’s current injury crisis has hugely limited the interim gaffer’s options, and combined with the Gers’ recent resurgence, it means we can only see this game going one way.
The interim boss had just eight fit senior players in training yesterday, and his side finished their last game against Inverness Caledonian Thistle with five teenagers on the pitch – eventually labouring to a draw against the division’s bottom club.
But while they managed to cling onto a point against the Caley Jags, Rangers pose a far tougher test.
The Ibrox club have rediscovered their mojo since the arrival of Portuguese boss Pedro Caixinha, ending Celtic’s 22-game winning league run, before a 4-0 demolition of Hamilton Academical at Ibrox.
One man who’s been key in their recent resurgence is Joe Garner. The former Preston North End hitman has recorded five goals in his last six games.
He’s 5/4 to net anytime here, but it’s the 19/10 for Garner to score and Rangers to win which looks the best value market on the Clitheroe-born hitman.
However, it’s the 11/1 for Caixinha’s men to win 3-0 which could prove the savviest bet of all. Two of the last five meetings have ended with Rangers winning by that scoreline.
And the visitors are averaging three goals a game right now (with 15 strikes netted in their last five outings).
In the match betting, Rangers are 3/5 for victory, with Kilmarnock 17/4 to produce a surprise win, and 3/1 on offer for the draw.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing