It’s the opening weekend of the Scottish Premiership season and we’re off to Rugby Park on Sunday as Kilmarnock host Steven Gerrard’s Rangers from 1.30pm, a match that will be shown live on Sky Sports. These sides clashed in the final game of last season, a game won by the hosts, but much has changed at both clubs since. Here are our top Kilmarnock v Rangers betting tips.
A Closer Look
Killie boss Steve Clarke answered the SOS sent out by Hampden chiefs and agreed to become Scotland manager. He was replaced by Italian Angelo Alessio who has served as assistant manager at the likes of Napoli, Juventus, Italy and Chelsea. His time at Kilmarnock got off to a nightmare start, however, with his side knocked out of the Europa League by part-time Welsh Premier League side Connah’s Quay Nomads. They were beaten 3-2 on aggregate following a 2-0 second leg defeat at this very venue last month. That will take some getting over and many fans are already calling for the head of Alessio following that embarrassment.
Fight for the Top
Steven Gerrard brought in a number of new players over the summer as he aims to improve on last season’s second place finish and apply pressure to Neil Lennon’s Celtic. Stopping 10-in-a-row was the reason The Gers board paid to get Gerrard to Scotland, but they’d prefer to do that sooner rather than later. Will this be the season Rangers finally end Celtic’s dominance and win a 55th league title? Supporters are confident and snapped up season tickets in record time. The away win is 3/4 favourite at William Hill, Kilmarnock an 18/5 punt at the same firm, or you can back the draw at 3/1 – top price offered up by Bet365. We expect Kilmarnock to be fired up for this match and will be backing the level finish.