SCOTTISH football expert Mr Fixit (@MrFixitTips) previews Tuesday night’s Europa League contest between Shkupi Skopje and Rangers as the Gers begin their latest European odyssey.
Shkupi Skopje v Rangers | Tuesday 17th July 2018, 17:00 | BT Sport
Steven Gerrard breathed his first sigh of relief as Rangers boss when James Tavernier netted his penalty last week. Tavernier’s injury-time strike earned his side a 2-0 win against Shkupi and that should be enough to see them through.
Last season a 1-0 home win against Progres Niederkorn saw the Ibrox men fall short but there should be no repeat. Gerrard’s side are 1/500 at bet365 to qualify and 3/10 with the same firm to win in 90 minutes.
My tip last week was Rangers to win to nil – and Shkupi hit the bar – and a repeat pays 6/5 at BetVictor. By all accounts the Scots weren’t great last week so I’m not sure the 3-10 represents value, but Gerrard will have been happy to get 90 minutes under his belt.
Shkupi are 17/2 at BetVictor to win on the night and 50/1 to qualify which would need a 2-0 win and extra time or a three-goal victory. It’s highly unlikely and Gers should be looking forward to a meeting with Osijek or Petrocub.
Jamie Murphy netted first in the friendly against Bury and against Shkupi last week and is 9/2 at William Hill to score first again, whilst to net at any time he is 5/4. Penalty taker Tavernier is 9/1 to break the deadlock and 11/4 to net at any time.
Shkupi Skopje v Rangers – Both Teams To Score (19/20 Ladbrokes)
Shkupi Skopje v Rangers – Jamie Murphy anytime (5/4 William Hill)