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Can the Hamilton Academical players of 2010 emulate the team of 1987 by knocking Rangers out of the Scottish Cup?
Back then, Hamilton, despite being in the Premier League, were part time and Rangers were in the middle of creating a British record of 1196 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal. A victory for Accies might not send the same sort of shockwaves through Scottish football but, at a top price 9/1 (VCBet and McBookie.com) it would still be a major upset.
Unfortunately for those that like the romance of the cup I just cannot see it happening. That means we have to look elsewhere for the value and at 1/3 (Bet365 and others) Rangers make plenty of appeal. Despite struggling against Celtic in the Old Firm derby they have been blitzing the rest of the opposition in the league and they will be keen to put that last lacklustre performance behind them. Those who think 1/3 might be too short should look focus on handicap market for their pay day.
Rangers -1 is a cracking bet at 1/1 with Coral. For a speculative punt it is worth looking at the correct score markets. Rangers have already put four past Hamilton in the league this season, whilst last year they won games by scoring five and seven. 4-0 at 16/1 ( SkyBet) 5-0 at 40/1 (Blue Sq) and 6-0 80/1(Sportingbet) might offer fanciful odds but I reckon it’ll be quite a bit tighter and 2-0 (6/1 SkyBet) or 3-0 (17/2 SkyBet) wins for Rangers look more likely.
More column inches have been written about Kris Boyd’s future than anything else but one things that’s not in doubt is his ability to hit the back of the net against the bottom half of the SPL. Hamilton fall well into that category and you’d be foolish not to have an interest in Boyd scoring tomorrow. He’s 7/2 (VCBet) to score first and 10/11 (888 Sport, Blue Sq) to net anytime. To score a hat-trick he’s (20/1 Blue Sq) but I prefer Blue Sq’s 4/1 on him to score 2 or more and send Rangers into the next round.