Live on Skysports 1: Sun 12.30: In what could be a title decider at Ibrox, Betfred make Rangers and Celtic 9/4 to share the spoils.
As the season enters the final straight, you can hardly fit a cigarette paper between the Old Firm pair in the SPL table and on the pitch the duo are equally hard to separate as they face-off at Ibrox.
Taking into account home advantage, bookies side with Rangers, Paddy Power pricing Walter Smith’s boys at 11/8 and Celtic are 19/10 with Totesport but while the Hoops probably just shade it in terms of quality, the ‘Gers have a certain battling spirit to grind out results, which balances things out and based on this logic, the draw would seem to be the best bet at 9/4 (Betfred).
Nevertheless, stalemates are surprisingly rare in this fixture in recent seasons, so it’s a brave move to back the two to share the spoils and as both teams scored four times in midweek, punters might be better served by focusing on goals.
It’s 5/6 with Partybets for example, for both teams to score and Betdaq quote 2.0 (evens) for the match to produce three or more goals but as three of the last four clashes have seen the deadlock broken inside 25 minutes, it might be worth a few quid on Betfred’s evens for the opener to be scored before the 27-minute mark.
That first goal is 7/1 (Ladbrokes) to be struck by Celtic attacker Kris Commons, who has four in his last four and has already netted twice against the ‘Gers this term while Coral make Commons 9/4 to get on the scoresheet at any time.
Given what is stake, it could be a tense affair and as is often the case in derby clashes it won’t take much for tempers to fray. The man in the middle may wish to stamp his authority on the game in the early stages then and he’s 9/4 with William Hill to brandish a card in the opening quarter of an hour.
Staying with discipline, referee Craig Thomson is in for a busy afternoon, he’s priced at 6/4 by William Hill to give a player their marching orders and 2/1 with Paddy Power to point to the spot at some stage.
In Sunday’s other clash, Hibs are 5/6 courtesy of Stan James to bounce back from the shock defeat to Hamilton by sending St Mirren home empty-handed.