Rangers will look to rebound from their Old Firm derby loss when they host Dundee at Ibrox on Saturday.
Steven Gerrard may have felt referee Willie Collum was to blame for the 1-0 reverse at Parkhead before the international window, but in reality that loss to Celtic was a stark reminder of the job ahead for the Light Blues boss if he is going to close the gap on the Hoops.
The champions dominated that game for long spells and bar the interventions of Allan McGregor and the woodwork, Rangers would have been pushed out of sight.
Half-time draw, full-time Rangers win @ 53/20
Dundee come to Glasgow this weekend looking to get their first points of the season, losers in all four games so far and rooted to the bottom of the table.
Former Rangers attacker Neil McCann will not be too downhearted just yet. His team have been well in each of those games, being level at half-time in each one. They’ll be rocking up at Ibrox with a similar plan in mind to stifle Rangers.
As we’ve seen through their Europa League and early domestic games, Rangers aren’t quite at the free-flowing stage yet under Gerrard. They may have to work for what would be a 12th straight home win against Dundee.
Motherwell v Hearts – Over 2.5 Goals @ 21/20
League leaders Hearts go to Fir Park on Saturday to put their perfect record on the line and they should be severely tested in Lanarkshire.
After a shaky start, Motherwell showed some grit and determination last month when they fought back to earn a 3-3 draw with Rangers. They built on that with a 3-1 win away at Dundee.
Hearts, meanwhile, have twice scored four times in the league already this season – against Hamilton and St Mirren. The Jambos know their way to goal and their eagerness could contribute to an open contest here.
Hearts may just shade this game but, given the prices, it is worth investing instead that, for the eighth time in a row, this fixture will yield over 2.5 goals.
Hibs v Kilmarnock – Both Teams To Score @ 10/11
Neil Lennon has revealed this week that he has implemented a mobile phone ban at Hibs training.
The often fiery Irishman was in pensive mood as he considered the conversational habits of young professional footballers.
“How’s your mum and dad? ‘Alright’. How’d you think you played yesterday? ‘Fine’,” Lennon said of his chats with players. “But if you put a phone in front of them they could write War and Peace for you.”
Lennon has been trying to create an ‘oasis of calm’ during training, but such a tranquil feeling will be unlikely at Easter Road on Saturday.
Lennon is unbeaten in four games against Kilmarnock as Hibs manager although Steve Clarke and his men haven’t been making it easy lately.
The previous three clashes have brought about 1-1 and 2-2 draws before a 5-3 Hibernian win at Easter Road in April when they last met. The goalscoring trend can continue here, with both teams having scored in Hibs’ last three games
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