Rangers finished second to rivals Celtic in last season’s Scottish Premiership title race and they get their 2023/24 campaign underway with a visit to Kilmarnock, who stayed up narrowly last time around.

Rangers can be backed at 2/5 for the victory, while Kilmarnock are 11/2 outsiders, the draw is available at 4/1.

 

Kilmarnock vs Rangers Tips

  • Rangers -1 @ 23/20
  • James Tavernier to score at anytime @ 2/1

Team news

Rangers’ squad has undergone plenty of changes over the summer so the likes of Jack Butland, Kieran Dowell, Danilo, Cyriel Dessers and Sam Lammers could make their competitive debuts.

Steven Davis, Leon Kings and Nnamdi Ofoborh remain out injured for Michael Beale’s side.

For the hosts, Joe Wright is out with a thigh strain while Rory McKenzie and Kyle Vassell are expected to be involved.

Rangers -1 @ 23/20

Rangers will be hoping to bounce back from a disappointing season last time out where they lost out on all three major trophies to rivals Celtic.

Michael Beale came in halfway through the campaign and has now been given a full summer to revolutionise the squad, with the likes of Ryan Kent, Alfredo Morelos and Alan McGregor all departing.

There have been plenty of new signings for Beale’s squad and it will be interesting to see the manager establish his strongest side.

The Gers begin the campaign with a visit to Kilmarnock, who have been in solid if unspectacular form in the Scottish League Cup.

Derek McInnes’ side stayed up narrowly last season and building on that will be the goal for the new campaign.

The hosts look unlikely to get anything out of this clash though, with the visitors’ class expected to tell.

Rangers have overcome a goal deficit on the handicap in two of the last three head-to-heads and they can add to that tally by doing the same again here.

James Tavernier to score at anytime @ 2/1

During a summer of changes at Rangers, one thing is set to remain constant, the presence of James Tavernier at right-back.

The captain has been a mainstay throughout his career at Rangers and netted 16 league goals last season for his side.

Eight of those were penalties and Tavernier has netted three goals in pre-season through this route so it is not hard to make the case for him getting on the scoresheet here.

The former Newcastle defender will also be on free-kick duties so is likely to get plenty of opportunities to get on the scoresheet. He looks like a solid play to find the net.

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