How Sites like Royal Panda Sports are Improving the Celtic Betting Experience

Online sportsbooks are offering plenty of opportunities to bet on Celtic matches in all competitions, improving the way Scottish football fans can back the Bhoys…

How Sites like Royal Panda Sports are Improving the Celtic Betting Experience

Many Celtic fans enjoy placing a pre-match wager before making their way into the stadium, or prior to settling down on the sofa to cheer on Neil Lennon’s men. Whether it’s the Glasgow Derby derby or a Europa League qualifier, there are always plenty of betting options when it comes to the Bhoys. Alongside the traditional ninety-minute markets, supporters can now back the likes of James Forrest or Callum McGregor to open the scoring, while also having the option to predict that their side will score in both halves.

There are a number of online sportsbooks catering for Scottish Premiership fans, with sites such as Royal Panda now allowing Celtic supporters to choose from over 150 different markets on a weekly basis. At first glance, the sheer volume of options could potentially be overwhelming; however, this variety does allow visitors to be far more specific with their wagers and has helped enhance the betting experience. Although they are perhaps better known for their online casino, Royal Panda sports compares favourably to other sites when it comes to top-flight markets. This well-stocked sportsbook offers over 19,000 different betting options at any given time, and their odds are also extremely competitive.

The company is serious about sport, and observant football fans may have noticed that their name has been emblazoned across the QPR home kit over the past couple of seasons. They signed a three-year deal at the beginning of the 2017-18 campaign, and this has helped them establish themselves in the UK betting market over the last twelve months.

Getting started

Celtic fans can take advantage of a number of sign-up offers and welcome bonuses when they become a member of an online sportsbook. Having ensured their place in the Europa League group stage with a convincing win over AIK, there are likely to be plenty of betting opportunities over the next couple of months, and supporters can use their bonus funds on any league or competition. And as they set out to take revenge on Cluj, there’s no better time to raise the stakes by betting on the Hoops.

Bhoys backers can sign-up for any number of free accounts, and upon making an initial bet, sites such as Royal Panda will match this amount. If your first selection fails to land, these matched bonuses will act as a security blanket and help keep the account topped up. This allows fans to continue betting on the Hoops even if their first wager is unsuccessful.

Match Markets and Betting Options

Fans can now find a wealth of markets available ahead of each matchday. Sportsbooks tend to price up these fixtures days in advance, so customers are no longer required to wait until the weekend to place their bets.

Asian markets have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years, and although some online sportsbooks still don’t offer these wagering options, Royal Panda is one of the few UK operators who have recognised the market’s importance to punters. These sit alongside more traditional offerings such as under/over and handicap markets.

Goalscorer markets are also extremely popular, with Celtic fans regularly enjoying a wager once team news has been announced. Leigh Griffiths has missed a number of games at the beginning of the 2019-2020 season, but the striker has been slowly working his way back to fitness, and the Scottish International is always very popular when it comes to the first goalscorer market. The majority of sites will offer punters the chance to back a player to score two or more goals in a match, and these markets are ideal for seemingly one-sided games. Ryan Christie netted twice against Nomme Kalju in the club’s Champions League Qualifier at the end of July, and the attacking midfielder would have been a big price ahead of kick-off.

Anytime goalscorer markets are particularly handy for punters who enjoy backing defenders or midfielders at bigger odds. Only 36 of the club’s 71 goals during the 2018-19 campaign came from strikers, so there is always plenty of scope for backing less-fancied goalscorers at Celtic Park.

Betting on the Move

Celtic fans are also able to have an in-play punt once the game gets underway using one of the many mobile betting apps currently on the market. This has truly enhanced the betting experience for supporters, and it opens up the possibility of a mid-match wager.

With free wi-fi now available inside Celtic Park, supporters can simply log onto the mobile app at half-time and browse hundreds of different match markets. If there is a swing in momentum mid-way through the first half, fans can back either side to score the next goal, or perhaps even wager on a specific player to score in the second period.

There are more ways to wager on Neil Lennon’s side than ever before, and sites such as Royal Panda offer a superb range of Scottish Premiership markets each and every weekend. Whether you’re an ambitious correct-score punter or have a hunch about a high-scoring half, there is always an abundance of betting options, and it’s never been easier to back the Hoops.

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

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