Inverness CT v Rangers tips: Gers unbackable on Friday evening
Rangers managed a much-needed win before the international break, however we're not so sure that they can make it two on the bounce
October 12th, 2016
Rangers supporters had high expectations ahead of their side’s return to the Scottish Premiership, however things certainly haven’t gone to plan so far. The Light Blues were never realistically going to mount a serious challenge on the Scottish title this season but they were expected to be up amongst the top three at the very least.
This hasn’t been the case as yet and with just three wins in their eight league games so far, things aren’t looking too good at Ibrox.
Clearly the main talking point has been the Joey Barton fiasco. The veteran midfielder was signed from Burnley in the summer and he arrived at Ibrox boasting that he was the best player in the Scottish Premiership. Has he backed up these boasts? Indeed he has not and a string of lacklustre and underwhelming performances might have been bad enough in themselves, however a subsequent bust-up with Mark Warburton and team-mates saw him suspended by the club and he faces a ban from football which may see him never play for Rangers again.
Whether or not that proves to be the case, the main aim for the Light Blues is to get themselves back on track and whilst a 2-0 victory against struggling Partick Thistle may not be a massive result in itself, it will nevertheless have boosted morale in the Rangers camp. They will therefore be confident of managing back-to-back wins when they head to the Highlands on Friday evening although we don’t really share their optimism.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle are unbeaten in their last five outings, this run including draws with Celtic and Aberdeen. They will pose the Light Blues a huge challenge and while the bookies may be playing it safe by offering a Rangers win at Evens, we feel that there is absolutely no value on backing an inconsistent visiting side on Friday evening.
Rangers really cannot be trusted to deliver the goods this weekend and it would be no surprise if they drew, lost or won to be honest. Were we to choose an outcome we would perhaps consider Inverness/Draw on double chance market but we feel that it would be wise to look elsewhere.
Backing both teams to score at 4/6 with Paddy Power may not offer great value but it should at least provide a winning return. Rangers have kept four clean sheets this season but only two of these have been in the Premiership and doubts persist as to the effectiveness of their defence. They have conceded in all of their games on the road and as such we fancy the home side’s chances of finding the net at some point.
At the other end, Rangers have had few problems scoring and with this in mind, backing Over 2.5 goals at 9/10 with Bet365 also looks a solid enough bet on this match.
Looking at goalscorers, ex Leicester City and Wigan Athletic striker Martyn Waghorn banged in plenty of goals for Rangers in their Championship-winning campaign but he has found the net just once in the top-flight this season. Nevertheless he has scored eight goals across all competitions therefore it would be no huge surprise to see him bang another in the Highlands on Friday evening.