Celtic went into the winter break on the back of a hugely disappointing 1-0 defeat to arch-rivals Rangers in the Old Firm derby and this has certainly thrown the Scottish Premiership title race wide open with both sides sitting level at the top of the table with 42 points apiece. Brendan Rodgers’ men won’t have spent much of the break licking their wounds however and we expect them to come out all guns blazing when they lock horns with Airdrieonians in the Scottish Cup this weekend.
Celtic were second best for much of their meeting with Rangers at Ibrox last time out and while they remain in pole position in the Scottish Premiership table, goal-difference is all that separates the two sides as things stand. Celtic do enjoy a game-in-hand over their arch-rivals however and their hopes of winning an historic third successive treble remain well and truly alive, a win over Airdrieonians sending them a step closer to another Scottish Cup triumph.
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The Hoops will have had their confidence dented in the defeat to the Light Blues and it is true to say that Brendan Rodgers’ side are somewhat lacking compared to previous seasons, however there’s no doubt that they will be far too strong for their visitors from two divisions below and we expect the home side to run out comfortable winners at the final whistle at Parkhead, Paddy Power Bookmakers going 15/8 on Celtic -3 on handicap market.