Celtic have been utterly dominant in Scottish football ever since Rangers were thrown into the fourth tier of the domestic game, however this dominance appears to be under threat at the moment. Brendan Rodgers’ men could have strengthened their grip on pole position in the Scottish top-flight when they faced arch-rivals Rangers in their final outing before the international break, however the Hoops put in a pathetic performance and lost 1-0 in the Old Firm derby, this result throwing wide open what promises to be the closest Premiership title race in many seasons. Indeed the last time that Celtic lost in the league to the Light Blues was back in March 2012 and this illustrates just how momentous the occasion was, at least for the Rangers fans.
Brendan Rodgers and his side were left to ponder over that hugely damaging result over the winter break and while they made a winning return in the Scottish Cup last weekend, a 3-0 victory over League One side Airdieonians is hardly a result to get too excited about. The Hoops will be eager to get their Premiership campaign up and running and with that in mind, their opening league fixture of the new year is a pretty favourable one given that their opponents are struggling St Mirren.
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St Mirren have been truly awful away from home this season and they needed to claw their way back from 2-0 down against Alloa Athletic to ultimately win their weekend cup clash. The Buddies did hold the Hoops to a goal-less draw earlier in the season but we don’t expect any repeat of that outcome at Celtic Park in this midweek fixture. Celtic will be going all-out to respond in positive fashion to their defeat to Rangers and we envisage them doing it in emphatic fashion, Paddy Power Bookmakers going 12/5 on Celtic -3 on handicap market.