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Rangers to kick season off with victory over old foe Hearts

| 09.08.2014

Traditionally this is a match-up played out at the highest level of Scottish football, but in 2014/15 at least, Rangers will be battling against Hearts in the Scottish Championship.

Below we have extracted three of the best available bets for this live televised clash from Ibrox:

Rangers to win @ 8/11

You only have to look at the Gers 2/5 favouritism to win a third straight league title to get a feel for how Ladbrokes and the wider footballing public see this division shaping up.

Although their visitors on Sunday are historically one of their biggest rivals for top Scottish silverware, the fact Hearts are next in the betting at 7/2 to win this division is an indicator of what to expect in this clash.

Ally McCoist’s side cannot be expected to glide so seamlessly through this next division – they only dropped six points as they went unbeaten through the last one in League One – but they’ll be the team to beat once more.

Both teams to score and Rangers to win @ 5/2

As was witnessed in the recent Challenge Cup final at Ibrox between Rangers and Hearts’ Edinburgh rivals Hibernian, there is still some ring-rustiness in the hosts’ ranks.

Although McCoists’ men took the lead through Lewis McLeod, they couldn’t keep Hibs out before winning in extra time after Daniel Handling had been sent off on 80 minutes.

The continued suspension of Rangers defender Bilel Mohshi, is another plus point for the visitors’ goal threat after scoring three times against Annan last time out.

Osman Sow to score anytime @ 9/4

Since signing from Crystal Palace this summer the Swede has been on fire in front of goal.

His strike in that 3-1 win over Annan in the Petrofac Training Cup was Sow’s fourth strike of pre-season after swapping Selhurst Park for Tynecastle.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.