Hearts hat-trick of wins on the cards against closest challen-Gers
Hearts have already done a league double over fellow fallen giants Rangers in the Scottish Championship this term, yet Coral make the Ibrox outfit 6/4 favourites for a home win.
This is a chance for punters to capitalise on the benevolent bookmaker, as the capital club are splendid value at 17/10 to beat Gers again in Glasgow. Robbie Neilson’s Jambos are undefeated in league action, which only strengthens their claims for victory.
It’s already a big ask for Rangers, who have conceded twice as many goals as and scored 10 less than Hearts, to close a 13-point gap on the only automatic promotion place in this division.
There is still turmoil off the field and the departure of Ibrox icon Ally McCoist from the dugout has has an effect too. Gers have won their last four at home, though, but the team from Tynecastle can say the same about themselves on the road.
To some punters, that may make a draw at 12/5 tempting, but you can afford to be bolder as the Jambos’ irrepressible march towards the title should continue here.
Dean Shiels and Nicky Law look like Rangers’ best scoring shouts. Northern Ireland international Shiels has two in his last three home outings, and is 11/4 to net again anytime.
Winger Law, meanwhile, already has a goal against Hearts at Ibrox from their first meeting. He is also Gers’ leading marksman in the league with seven, and is a tasty 10/3 to score once more here.
Neilson has seen four different men get goals for the Jambos against the Glasgow heavyweights, so that makes pinpointing who will do so here quite challenging.
Sam Nicholson (4/1 in the anytime market) and new striker signing Genero Zeefuik (shorter at 2/1) may be your best bets, as both helped themselves to braces in Hearts’ last away outing, as they thrashed Dumbarton 5-1.
Dutch forward Zeefuik thinks a Jambos victory at Ibrox will effectively hand Hearts the title. “If we beat Rangers on Friday then I think it’s over,” he said. “When Hearts came in, I looked at the league and saw they were 13 points above Rangers, so it was easy for me to say yes.”
It’s an ensemble cast of players like Zeefuik, with no prima donnas in the dressing room, that have been behind the resurgence and soon to be savoured success at Hearts. Backing a 2-1 away win for them over Gers is a tempting 10/1 chance.