“I just can’t stand this whole Ten-in-a-Row thing,” Craig Levein said, adding “It would be good if Rangers (sic) won the league “

I caught ten minutes BBC Scotland’s Off The Ball this afternoon when Stuart Cosgrove and Tam Cowan had the former Hearts manager Craig Levein on as a their guest. Richard Gordon was on too as they got ready to hand over to him for Sportsound and the Aberdeen supporting presenter was asked about the chances of his team beating Celtic in the delayed Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden tomorrow afternoon.

Gordon was clear that while hope springs eternal for him, just like any other supporter ahead of a cup semi-final, he is realistic enough to appreciate that if Celtic ‘turn up’ tomorrow then they will win. He had to go back a very long way to the early 1990s for the last time Aberdeen got the better of Celtic at Hampden but he is clinging to the ability that Derek McInnes’ side showed last weekend to get at Celtic and cause them problem. More of the same, Gordon reckons, and Aberdeen have a chance. He sounded hopeful more than confident.

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Cowan was talking about betting odds and noted that in the race for the Scottish Premiership this season Celtic are currently available at 17/10 with theRangers odds on favourites. Commenting on this Richard Gordon stated that he had tipped Celtic to win the league at the start of the season and is sticking with that prediction. Then they brought Craig Levein back into the conversation, as a man who is known to like a bet himself, what did he think?

On Celtic Levein had this to say: “It’s horses for courses. They have been over the course before but you know, I just can’t stand this whole Ten-in-a-Row thing. It really gets to me,” the former Hearts boss told Off the Ball.

“I just don’t want there to be all the hassle that goes with it. It would be good if (the)Rangers won the league this season so it’s back to square one.

“I just don’t want this whole Ten-in-a-Row thing to become more than it is. It goes back to zero and we can start again.”

Celtic winning Ten-in-a-Row will hurt more than just those associated with theRangers it seems and should add to our motivation. Cowan reckoned that the price on Celtic was so attractive that even some supporters of theRangers would be tempted to put a few bob on as a some kind of insurance policy.

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