DUNFERMLINE faltered once more last week and lie just one point off the bottom of the table. On the flip side, a victory at Morton on Saturday would take the Pars onto the fringes of the play-off zone, therefore the match is of some significance.

The 'Ton have lost four of their last five matches and were trounced 6-0 by leaders Dundee United last week. However, all the defeats were away from home, so the run might not be as wretched as it first appears. The bookies do not think much of it; Morton are 9/5 (Hills), a draw 13/5 (Boylesports) and Dunfermline 6/4 (Unibet). The pricing has a definite element of what ought to be happening to the two teams this season rather than current reality but it is also fair to say that, after only seven games, both teams could revert to expectancy. As it is, not for the first time this season, neither side is crying out to be backed so the play is to oppose them.

Prediction: Greenock Morton 1 Dunfermline 1.

Alloa host Dundee United in a bottom-meets-top clash in the BBC Scotland live Championship game tomorrow (Friday) night (7.05pm). The layers are understandably reluctant to give anything away regarding the Terrors, who are a prohibitive 4/7 (Skybet). The Wasps are 5/1 (Bet365/Hills) and a draw 10/3 (Hills).

Livingston against Celtic is the sole Premier Division televised game over the weekend (Sky Sports Main Event, Sunday 12pm). The Bhoys are 1/4 to collect the three points, Livi are 13/1 (Betfair Sportsbook) and a stalemate 11/2 (Bet365). Later that day, Rangers entertain Hamilton (3pm) and the Gers are 1/8, a draw 8/1 and the Accies 33/1 (Ladbrokes).

Celtic and Rangers play their second round of Europa League group matches tonight (Thursday). The Bhoys play CFR Cluj, the team that dumped them out of the Champions League (BT Sport, 8pm). A home win and a measure of revenge is the bookmakers’ take on proceedings: Celtic are 8/15, a draw is 3/1 (Unibet) and Cluj 15/2 (Betfair Sportsbook).

A trip to the Swiss capital awaits Rangers where BSC Young Boys provide the opposition (BT Sport 3, 5.55pm). Young Boys are 19/20 (Betfair Sportsbook), a draw 11/4 and the Gers 3/1.