It was an inauspicious start for Ally McCoist as the new Rangers manager on Saturday, with the Gers labouring to a 1-1 home draw with Hearts which could have been a good deal worse if the Edinburgh team had taken their chances.
McCoist is still searching for new additions before the transfer deadline, although it will be a similar team that line up against Malmo on Tuesday night, with the Scottish champions 1/2 with Ladbrokes to claim victory at Ibrox.
Rangers will be up against a Malmo team that won the Swedish championship last season, although Rikard Norling’s team are not challenging for the title this time around, with the Sky Blues stationed in the middle of the table.
Even so, the standard of the Allsvenskan is reasonable and the visitors are 15/2 with bet365 (£200 free bets) to take full advantage of the disarray at Ibrox by claiming victory and increasing the early pressure on McCoist.
Nikica Jelavic will once again lead the line and is a 7/2 chance with William Hill to open the scoring, with Steven Naismith (5/1 Ladbrokes – £30 free bet) the scorer of Rangers’ equaliser against Hearts last weekend.
The key focus for the Gers will be to ensure that they don’t concede any away goals ahead of their second leg at the Swedbank Stadion, with Ladbrokes offering odds of 5/1 about a 1-0 win for Rangers and 11/2 that they claim a 2-0 win.