Things have gone from bad to worse for Rangers in recent weeks and Aberdeen could pile more misery on the Light Blues at Ibrox on Wednesday evening.
Back-to-back defeats against Hamilton and Dundee – the latter of which lifted the Dens Park side off the bottom of the table – have dented the fragile confidence at Rangers and further ramped up the pressure on the club to appoint a successor to Pedro Caixinha.
Interim boss Graeme Murty suggested this week that progress is being made on that front and it is badly needed, with his team making little appeal at 20/21 for this tussle.
Aberdeen have won 10 of their last 12 away matches in the Scottish Premiership, including on Saturday as they quickly bounced back from defeat against Motherwell at Pittodrie.
Back in May, Aberdeen won at Ibrox for the first time since 1991 and Derek McInnes’ team are well placed to double their tally now at generous odds of 13/5.
A potential move to Ibrox for McInnes seems to have stalled and the continuing uncertainty over the manager’s post appears to be undermining a Rangers team that simply hasn’t performed in its previous two games.
Clashes between these two have tended to be fiery, with four red cards handed out in the previous six meetings. Having a close look at the card markets is in order, with no love lost between these sets of players.
In a quirk of the fixture rescheduling, Aberdeen will host Rangers on Sunday, while that is also the case for Motherwell and Celtic.
Having met in Sunday’s League Cup decider at Hampden, Celtic go to Fir Park on Wednesday before they meet for a third time at Parkhead on Saturday.
Wednesday’s game perhaps represents the best chance for the Steelmen to cause an upset. It is almost a year since Motherwell led 2-0 and 3-2 in a thriller between the sides at their Lanarkshire home which Celtic eventually edged 4-3.
They stifled Celtic for a long time on Sunday and were on the end of a dubious penalty decision that made the game safe for the Hoops. If Stephen Robinson can raise his men for this game, there might be worse bets than the 9/1 on a home win, despite Celtic’s ongoing dominance in Scotland.
Brendan Rodgers’ men continue to saunter their way to domestic bliss but a blip on the road will surely come somewhere and Motherwell have come as close as anyone to providing it. With a chip on their shoulder from Sunday, they’ll have every incentive to go after three points.
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