Rangers hand Scottish Premiership Title to Celtic on a plate

Rangers' failure to beat St Johnstone last weekend was effectively the end of their Scottish Premiership title ambitions for another season

Rangers may as well gift-wrap the Scottish Premiership trophy and hand it to Celtic following their failure to manage more than a single point in their weekend meeting with St Johnstone, the Gers putting in a thoroughly pathetic performance on their way to a goal-less draw. Brendan Rodgers’ men are now eight points clear at the top of the league table and their winning league run continued when they scored a late winner against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Sunday.

The bookmakers responded by slashing Celtic’s already short odds on winning the Scottish Premiership title to as low as 1/20 in some quarters, arch-rivals Rangers some way behind in the outright betting at 8/1. Indeed this is Celtic’s shortest price of the season thus far and while Rangers were as low as 4/1 before their weekend outing, this price is now long gone. Indeed a reported 72% of ‘Premiership Winner’ bets have been aimed towards Celtic over the past 24 hours or so, punters seemingly unfazed by the extremely short price.

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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers will have his sights firmly set on winning an unprecedented third successive ‘treble’ with the Hoops also firm favourites to lift this season’s Scottish Cup, however Rangers will clearly be hoping to deny their Old Firm rivals their big chance by dumping them out of the cup competition, the bookmakers going 5/1 that the Light Blues lift the trophy.

Nevertheless with regard to their Premiership title hopes, Rangers’ ambitions of making it 55 league titles was always going to be a tough aim, however it now seems pretty much impossible.

 

Scottish Premiership Title Winner – BetVictor Odds

 

1/20 –  Celtic

8/1  –  Rangers

100/1 – Aberdeen

150/1 – Kilmarnock