Celtic Still the Biggest Favourite for Winning the Scottish Premiership

The most recent Glasgow Derby made the situation in the Scottish Premiership very interesting after years of Celtic domination.

The Hoops lost at home against their biggest enemy and the only rival in the domestic championship, the Rangers with 1-2. It is something Neil Lennon’s team didn’t plan at all, and it very much complicated their plans to win the title for the 9th straight time.

Right now the Rangers are two points behind Celtic, but they have a game in hand. It means that we might see the Rangers on the top of the standings following New Year after a long time, and that puts them in an excellent position regarding the title race.

However, although Steven Gerrard’s boys find themselves in a good position, the prospects are not on their side. The Hoops are still the most prominent candidates for the title with odds 13/18, while Rangers sit second at 26/19. Far behind are Aberdeen with 750/1, Motherwell 1000/1, and Hibernian 1500/1. Now, if you want to bet on some of the teams mentioned above, you can use free bets on freebets.uk and gamble without risk.

This was the first time this season that the Rangers defeated Lennon’s team. In the previous two games, the reigning champs posted wins, without a single goal conceded.

In the 4th round of the Premiership, Celtic beat the Rangers at Ibrox 0-2, and after that won the League Cup by beating the Rangers in the final at the legendary Hampden Park, 0-1. Alfredo Morelos missed a penalty to tie the game back then.

However, in the latest clash, the Hoops couldn’t do much better, because Gerrard prepared effective tactics to stop them. Nevertheless, there are 13 more rounds (14 for the Rangers) to be played before the split and then 5 matches after that, so there’s plenty of games for Celtic to correct these mistakes. Plus, there are two more Glasgow Derbies to be played, one at Ibrox then the last one back at Celtic Park and that could be a chance to decide the Premiership by beating their fierce rivals.

The next meeting between the sides will take place in 31st round, with just two games left before the split for each team afterwards. Rangers will be the hosts, and the meeting is scheduled for 15 March and we are 100% positive that the fans all around the world can’t wait to see that game.

There is also one more domestic competition where these two sides might clash. It is the Scottish FA Cup. Celtic is the biggest favourite with the odds at 11/8 for their win. The Rangers’ win is priced at 3/1, and Aberdeen is
12/1. Behind these three teams are Hibernian with 16/1, Kilmarnock 20/1 and Motherwell 25/1.

Even though they lost the recent Glasgow Derby, the Hoops are still considered by the bookies to be the No.1 team in Scotland. And the proof for that comes from European competition as well. Celtic is the 11th favourite to win the Europa League with the odds at 30/1 for that. On the other side, the Rangers are 25th with 100/1.

So the Hoops are internationally recognised as a team with higher quality than the Rangers. The Rangers have made a significant improvement over the years. Their progress to the knockout stage of the Europa League proves that, but they need to be even better to take down the fiercest rival.

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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