Rangers get handicap vote

  • By: Colin Ross
  • Last Updated: September 13 2013, 10:43 BST

Scottish football expert Colin Ross is siding with Rangers giving up a two-goal start when they host Arbroath this weekend.

Ally McCoist should supervise a comfortable Rangers win
Ally McCoist should supervise a comfortable Rangers win

During the early weeks of the season I have not been slow to comment on how quickly and often Monday value dissipates by midweek.

The quest to find winners is important but finding winners with linked value is just as vital.

After a week of inactivity or friendly run outs, I would have thought the bookies would have been very confident in pricing up a full league program. How wrong can you be!!

Two teams were of great interest and when I saw the 5/2 Hamilton and 7/4 Stenhousemuir on Sunday night I thought it would lead to some sound advice come Thursday evening.

Now the two sides are 15/8 and 7/5, much nearer to how I predicted the matches would be priced up.

So watch with interest only. The coupon is hard, and the clubs who have had poor starts can now regroup and hope to kick on.

Teams who came out the traps quickly will have found the break a less tasty proposition and with 10 of my favourites priced between 10/11 and 6/5 in the 15 matches, it is quite difficult to nail down a selection.

With no league matches last week, I spent a little a bit of time looking at team line-ups and use of subs and trialists during the early league fixtures.

It may prove to be a futile exercise, however from my findings it shows three clubs using 21 and 22 players and two clubs using 17.

It comes as no shock to me that none of the five sides after four league matches are anywhere near the top of their respective league.

Consistency, good discipline and excellent fitness levels are paramount in the early part of the season.

Despite lots of research and early week fancies, my pick for Saturday's is not so original and it is Rangers -2 goals on the handicap against Arbroath at 5/4.

At full strength and with more players at his disposal in any time over last 18 months, Ally McCoist has goals, youth, experience and quality to choose from.

Arbroath travel to Ibrox a bit short at back and may have to adopt spoiling tactics.

However manager Paul Sheerin decides to approach game, it may well turn into damage limitation by 70 minutes and I feel an odds-against quote is a tad of value to get the job done.

Elsewhere, Livingston have parted company with manager Richie Burke this week and Morton will look to capitalise but prices seem just about correct.

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