The last time these two sides met was in the Scottish Championship in 2014/15, however Cowdenbeath were relegated at the end of that season and dropped further down to the basement of the Scottish professional game the following season. Indeed they have needed a play-off in each of the last two campaigns to avoid dropping out of the league altogether while weekend Scottish Cup opponents Rangers have moved steadily in the opposite direction towards the summit of the Premiership table.
The Blue Brazil have been doing pretty well by their own standards this term with the Fife outfit sitting mid-table as things stand and no real prospect of being dragged into a relegation battle. They have made it through to the fourth round of the Scottish Cup thanks to wins over Brora Rangers and Clyde although it’s hard to envisage them making it past Rangers on Friday evening.
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Cowdenbeath last locked horns with Rangers at this stage of the competition in 2015 and the Central Park side will hope to do better this time around given that they were well and truly thrashed to the tune of 5-1 on that occasion.
Rangers see their three-week winter break come to an end with this trip to Fife and they will be hoping to continue where they left off in their last outing when they blew the Scottish Premiership title race wide open by beating arch-rivals Celtic 1-0 in the Old Firm derby.
There’s no way that we can go against Rangers in what looks set to be a thoroughly one-sided affair at Central Park this weekend and the visitors should put in a workmanlike performance and ease themselves into the next round of the competition with the minimum of fuss, a handsome winning margin the order of the day with Paddy Power going Evens on Rangers to overcome a handicap of -2.