Scottish Premiership: Rangers odds-on to win title
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Rangers took a massive step towards the Scottish Premiership title when they once again saw off Celtic in the Old Firm derby on Saturday. Steven Gerrard’s men sat back for most of the match and barely registered a single shot, an own goal from Callum McGregor proving to be the only goal of the match. This win sent the Light Blues a mammoth 19 points clear of their arch-rivals at the summit of the Premiership table and the bookies reacted by slashing the odds on Rangers winning the title even further, some firms now going 1/33 that they deny Celtic the chance to make it ten titles on the bounce.
This defeat for Celtic also increases the pressure on under-fire manager Neil Lennon and despite the fact that he has had the full backing of the board on two occasions this season, there is a sizeable element of supporters looking for him to be sacked.
The Hoops are way out at 10/1 to win the Premiership title following their weekend defeat at Ibrox and while they do enjoy three games-in-hand over their Old Firm rivals, it’s hard to see how they will claw their way back into contention, especially since Rangers are firing on all cylinders this term.
1/33 – Rangers
10/1 – Celtic
It would appear that Celtic have finally found their feet, Neil Lennon’s men thrashing Hamilton Academical to the tune of 3-0 at New Douglas Park on Saturday afternoon. In fairness, this was an expected victory against one of the weakest sides in the Scottish Premiership and it is no clear sign that the Hoops are back in the race for the title. Indeed evidence of a revival in Celtic’s fortunes will need to wait until Saturday 2nd January when the reigning Scottish champions travel to Ibrox for the eagerly awaited Old Firm derby match and Lennon will be desperate for revenge following the defeat to Steven Gerrard’s men in the reverse fixture at Celtic Park earlier in the season.
Despite their weekend win at New Douglas Park, the odds on Celtic winning the Scottish Premiership title this season have hardly shifted with most firms still going 9/2 that the trophy ends up at Parkhead at the end of the campaign.
Rangers also snatched three points on Boxing Day, Gerrard’s side having an altogether trickier assignment with Hibernian the visitors to Ibrox. A single goal from Iagis Hagi was enough to separate the two sides and the Light Blues remain sixteen points clear of Celtic at the summit of the league table, albeit with the Hoops enjoying three games-in-hand as things stand.
Most bookies are confident that Rangers will end Celtic’s lengthy domination and bring the trophy back to Ibrox this season, BetVictor going 1/8 that the Gers finish the campaign in pole position and deny their arch-rivals a chance to make it ten on the bounce.
1/8 – Rangers
9/2 – Celtic
200/1 – Aberdeen
1000/1 – Hibernian
The race for the Scottish Premiership title is going very much Rangers’ way thus far, Steven Gerrard’s men enjoying a sixteen-point lead over Celtic as things stand. The latter have three games-in-hand over the league leaders however and they have what should prove to be a routine couple of outings ahead of them over the festive period. Lennon’s side are up against the bottom two in the Premiership in their next two games and they are odds-on to get the better of Ross County tonight and Hamilton Academical on Boxing Day.
As for Rangers, they travel to St Johnstone for their midweek outing tonight and they face an altogether tougher assignment on Boxing Day when they entertain Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium. The Light Blues are huge odds-on favourites to win the Scottish Premiership Title with some bookies going as low as 1/8 that they finish top of the pile and deny Celtic their tenth consecutive title. The Hoops are now way out at 9/2 to win an unprecedented tenth successive Premiership trophy while Aberdeen and Hibernian are 250/1 apiece.
This is once again set to be a two-horse race for the Premiership title but as things stand Celtic are way behind and any slip-ups in their games-in-hand may prove pivotal in determining just who finishes top of the pile. At the moment the smart money is very much on the Light Blues, however there’s still a considerable distance left to run and numerous hurdles left to jump.
1/8 – Rangers
9/2 – Celtic
250/1 – Hibernian
250/1 – Aberdeen
Celtic grabbed themselves an unprecedented quadruple-Treble on Sunday afternoon when they edged past Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Cup Final, a penalty shoot-out needed after the two sides finished level at 3-3 after extra-time. This was a much needed boost for the Hoops although in fairness it was a far from convincing performance from the reigning Scottish champions and it also leaves them with more ground to make up in the race for the 2020/21 Scottish Premiership title.
With Neil Lennon’s men involved in the cup final, Rangers opened-up a sixteen-point lead at the top of the Premiership table thanks to a 3-1 win at home to Motherwell at the weekend and while second-placed Celtic do enjoy three games-in-hand, this is undeniably a massive amount of ground to make up. The bookies remain thoroughly convinced that Steven Gerrard’s men will go all the way this term and deny the Hoops a chance to make it ten in a row, most firms going 1/8 that the title ends up at Ibrox at the close of 2020021/
The odds on Celtic grabbing an unprecedented tenth consecutive title have drifted with some bookies going as much as 5/1 that they manage to claw their back into contention and pip Rangers at the post.
Rangers were stunned by St Mirren last night, the Buddies dumping Steven Gerrard’s men out of the Scottish League Cup at the quarter-final stage and inflicting upon them their first defeat of the season across all competitions. This term, the Light Blues have avoided defeat in 27 games and have stormed to the top of the Scottish Premiership table with thirteen points separating them from second-placed Celtic as things stand. The Hoops do have two games-in-hand over the Gers but they are playing a game of catch-up and the bookies are confident that Rangers will beat them to the finish line.
Rangers’ exit from the League Cup means that they can concentrate more on their Premiership campaign, however Celtic’s exit from the Europa League will give them a slight advantage over Gerrard’s side who have made it through to the knockout stages of the competition. It remains to be seen whether Rangers’ European involvement will impact upon their Premiership campaign, however the bookies are of the opinion that it won’t, most firms going 1/8 that the Premiership trophy heads to Ibrox at the end of the season. Celtic are as high as 5/1 with some firms to win their tenth consecutive Scottish Premiership title at the end of 2020/21.
After 27 competitive games, Rangers have yet to lose a match this season and they remain thirteen points clear at the top of the Premiership table, second-placed Celtic enjoying two games-in-hand. Steven Gerrard’s men have made it through to the knockout stages of the Europa League where they will initially lock horns with Royal Antwerp and they are massive odds-on favourites to lift the Scottish Premiership title at the end of the season.
Indeed while reigning Scottish champions Celtic are dropping points left, right and centre, Rangers have yet to taste defeat in the top-flight with fifteen wins and two draws from their seventeen league outings thus far. The bookmakers remain pretty much convinced that the Light Blues will deny Celtic the chance to make it ten on the bounce this season with most firms going 1/8 that the trophy ends up at Ibrox at the close of the campaign.
Rangers continued in winning ways when they beat Dundee United to the tune of 2-1 at Tannadice on Sunday afternoon while Celtic enjoyed a routine 2-0 win at home to Kilmarnock. Nevertheless the Hoops are now out at 9/2 to win the Scottish Premiership title at the end of 2020/21 while Aberdeen and Hibernian are way out at 250/1 apiece.
Punters continue to back Rangers to finish top of the Scottish Premiership table this season with some bookmakers now going as low as 1/8 that Steven Gerrard’s men prevent arch-rivals Celtic from making it ten in a row this term. The Light Blues sit thirteen points clear of the Hoops in the Scottish top-flight and while Neil Lennon’s side still have two games-in-hand over the league leaders, going on recent performances it’s far from certain that they will actually win these. Indeed even if Celtic do win their games-in-hand, they will still sit seven points adrift of Rangers and most pundits now believe that they will finish behind their Old Firm rivals in the Premiership.
The Celtic board have given their full backing to manager Neil Lennon, however with the Hoops only managing a draw with St Johnstone at the weekend, the pressure will be mounting on the manager’s shoulders. Another poor result at the weekend can only increase this pressure and Lennon will be eager for three points on Sunday afternoon against a Kilmarnock side against which the reigning Scottish champions could only manage a share of the spoils in their last meeting earlier in the season at Rugby Park.
As things stand, Celtic are a general 5/1 punt to win the Scottish Premiership title for the tenth time in succession this term with only BetVictor going as low as 7/2 that they pip Rangers at the post.
1/6 – Rangers
7/2 – Celtic
500/1 – Hibernian
500/1 – Aberdeen
In the Scottish top-flight, it was more of the same at the weekend with Rangers thumping their opposition and Celtic dropping points on home soil. Premiership leaders Rangers travelled to the Highlands on Sunday afternoon where they thrashed Ross County to the tune of 4-0 while Celtic could only manage a 1-1 draw with St Johnstone at Parkhead, the latter a hugely disappointing result for the Hoops and one which will further increase the pressure on boss Neil Lennon.
These results lifted Steven Gerrard’s men thirteen points clear at the top of the league table and while the Hoops still have two games-in-hand over their arch-rivals, the gap between the two sides is huge and it’s hard to see how Lennon’s men will make up ground.
The season is still very much in its infancy but the bookmakers clearly feel that the race for the Scottish Premiership Title is effectively over. Clearly there’s still plenty of time for Celtic to close the gap but going on recent performances it’s unlikely that they will do so any time soon. The bookies have slashed the odds further on Rangers lifting the Premiership trophy at the close of the campaign with some firms going as low as 1/8 that the Light Blues deny Celtic their tenth title on the bounce.
Reigning champions Celtic are a general 5/1 punt to successfully defend their title with some bookies going as low as 7/2, while Hibernian and Aberdeen are each a 500/1 shot to break the monopoly of the Old Firm by winning the trophy.
Rangers and Celtic have had completely opposing fortunes in this season’s Europa League, Steven Gerrard’s men enjoying some excellent performances and guaranteeing themselves a place in the knockout stages of the competition while Neil Lennon’s side have collected just a single point from their five group games thus far and have exited the competition without as much as a whimper.
The Light Blues edged past Standard Liege last night with another three points secured in an excellent 3-2 win at Ibrox while Celtic were thumped 4-1 by AC Milan in what was a thoroughly dismal performance from the reigning Scottish champions at the San Siro.
In the Scottish Premiership, the Hoops have been far from their best and the likelihood of them making it ten on the bounce is looking increasingly remote as each week passes. Unrest at Celtic Park has prompted the bookies to start pricing up a possible replacement for Hoops boss Neil Lennon. Defeat at home to Ross County in the Scottish Cup last weekend sparked ugly scenes at Parkhead as Celtic fans descended on the ground to make their feelings clear and many are starting to feel that a change of boss is just what is needed for the reigning Scottish champions.
Indeed while Celtic enjoy two games in hand over Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, they still sit eleven points behind their arch-rivals and some bookmakers have cut the odds on Steven Gerrard’s men lifting the title at the end of 2020/21 even further. Some firms now go 2/9 odds-on that Rangers deny Celtic the chance to make it ten in a row this season and a change of manager at Parkhead would hardly help matters, in the shorter term at least.
Celtic have now won just one of their last nine matches across competitions and this certainly doesn’t inspire much confidence in them right now. The Hoops are an 11/4 shot for the Premiership title and one cannot help but feel that this isn’t going to be their season. The Hoops are looking a mere shadow of the side which made it nine in a row at the end of last season and they can only look on in envy as Rangers steal the limelight both in domestic and European competition.
With Celtic dropping points against Hibernian last weekend and Rangers thumping third-placed Aberdeen to the tune of 4-0, Steven Gerrard’s men remain clear odds-on favourites to end Celtic’s dominance and prevent them from making it ten title wins on the bounce this season.
The Light Blues have opened up an eleven-point gap between themselves and second-placed Celtic in the Scottish Premiership table and while Neil Lennon’s men do have two games in hand over the league leaders, they are very much on the back foot. Indeed even if the reigning Scottish champions do win these two games, then they would still be five points behind Steven Gerrard’s men and it’s hard to see the latter slipping up going on recent form.
Indeed since the start of the season, Rangers have won thirteen and drawn two of their fifteen Premiership matches while Celtic have dropped points in four of their thirteen league outings with one defeat along the way, this coming at the hands of Rangers in the Old Firm derby.
Following the weekend results, the bookies slashed the odds on Rangers winning the 2020/21 Scottish Premiership title with most firms going 1/4 that this proves to be the case, some firms going even lower at 2/9. Celtic are now a general 11/4 to make it ten on the bounce while Aberdeen and Hibernian are way out at 200/1 and 500/1 respectively.
1/4 – Rangers
11/4 – Celtic
200/1 – Aberdeen
500/1 – Hibernian
Evidence that this season’s Scottish Premiership title race is going to be a very tough battle came at the weekend when both sides of the Old Firm demolished their opponents. Celtic are trying to keep up with arch-rivals Rangers in the battle to finish in pole position, however Neil Lennon’s men trail the Light Blues by nine points. Indeed the Hoops do have two games-in-hand over Steven Gerrard’s men but even if they win both of these, they will still trail their rivals by a full three points.
For their part, Rangers show absolutely no signs of slowing down any time soon, Gerrard’s side thrashing a hapless Hamilton Academical outfit to the tune of 8-0 at Ibrox last time out. This was further evidence that Rangers are once again a major force in the Scottish game and reigning champions Celtic no longer have things all to themselves at the pinnacle of the domestic game.
As things stand, Rangers remain huge odds-on favourites to win the Premiership title and thus deny Celtic the chance to make it ten in a row, most firms going 2/5 that the trophy heads to Ibrox at the end of the season. Celtic will certainly fight Rangers all the way as they attempt to claw their way back into contention and Lennon’s men are a 7/4 punt to grab their tenth successive title.
This is almost certain to be a two-horse race for the Premiership trophy with Aberdeen a 150/1 shot for glory and Hibernian way behind at 500/1.
Rangers have now opened up a nine point lead over second-placed Celtic at the summit of the Scottish Premiership table and the pressure is now on the Hoops as they attempt to claw their way back into title contention. The vast majority of the season lies ahead and Neil Lennon’s men do enjoy two games-in-hand over the league leaders, however the reigning Scottish champions now find themselves involved in a game of catch-up and for them this is very much unchartered territory.
Rangers continued in winning ways at the weekend when they edged past Kilmarnock to the tune of 1-0 at Rugby Park and Steven Gerrard’s men have now won each of their last nine games across competitions with clean sheets being kept in seven of those. In contrast, Celtic have failed to win any of their last seven and they have conceded no less than ten goals during that time with just six scored along the way.
Little wonder then that the bookmakers continue to shorten the odds on Rangers clinching the Premiership title this season and denying the Hoops the opportunity to make it ten on the bounce. Most firms now go 1/2 that the Premiership trophy finds itself in the unfamiliar surroundings of Ibrox at the close of the campaign with some firms going as low as 2/5. Indeed with Celtic looking decidedly lacklustre at times this term, they really do need to shift up a couple of gears should they wish to remain top team in the land.
2/5 – Rangers
7/4 – Celtic
125/1 – Aberdeen
200/1 – Hibernian
Following their 2-0 win over Livingston last time out, the odds on Rangers winning the 2020/21 Scottish Premiership Title have shortened even further with most bookmakers now going a general 1/2 that the trophy ends up at Ibrox at the end of the season.
Celtic were denied maximum points courtesy of a last-gasp penalty by Aberdeen at Pittodrie last weekend and that result, coupled with Rangers’ win, leaves Neil Lennon’s men trailing their Old Firm adversaries by six points. The Hoops do have a game-in-hand over the Light Blues but they are now playing a game of catch-up and this is unfamiliar territory for a side which has won nine on the bounce.
The odds on Celtic winning their tenth consecutive Scottish title have slipped to 6/4 with most bookmakers and recent performances haven’t been too encouraging. Celtic’s last three competitive outings have yielded little in the way of reward with two defeats and one draw. This is hardly the form of champions and while we may still be in the very early stages of the season, the omens aren’t too good.
Rangers have it all to lose this season and if they continue in their current form, then they will be the ones to beat in the Scottish top-flight. Celtic should never be written off – especially this early in the campaign – however one cannot help but feel that this could be Rangers’ season.
1/2 – Rangers
6/4 – Celtic
125/1 – Aberdeen
200/1 – Hibernian
Connor Goldson found the back of the net twice for Rangers as they brushed aside Celtic in the first Old Firm meeting of the 2020/21 campaign. This was proof if any were needed that the Gers have now completely closed the gulf in class which existed between these two arch-rivals until very recently.
One game certainly doesn’t make a whole season but the 2-0 victory now gives Rangers the upper hand. More importantly it means that Celtic will be playing ‘catch-up’ in the race for the Scottish Premiership title.
Neil Lennon’s men do have a game-in-hand over the Light Blues, however even if they win this they will still sit one point behind Rangers in the league table. Indeed with the latter firing on all cylinders this season, Celtic will need to be at their best in order to overhaul what is nevertheless a small deficit.
Celtic were far from their very best in what could prove to be a pivotal result, Neil Lennon’s men failing to fire a single shot on target throughout. The bookmakers now go odds-on that Rangers deny the reigning champions a chance to make it ten in a row this season, most firms going 4/6 that the title heads to Ibrox at the close of the campaign.
This will almost certainly be a two-horse race for the title once again with Celtic 11/10 to grab their tenth title win on the bounce, while Aberdeen and Hibernian are next in the betting market at 150/1 and 250/1 respectively.
4/6 – Rangers
11/10 – Celtic
150/1 – Aberdeen
250/1 – Hibernian