Live on Skysports 4: Sun 12.30: Celtic are 1/5 with to beat Motherwell but Rangers should wrap up the SPL title by beating Kilmarnock.
Back in 2005, Celtic leaked two late Scott McDonald goals to lose at Motherwell and concede the title to Rangers in the final two minutes of the season. Trailing their Old Firm rivals by a solitary point ahead of the current campaign’s final game, the Hoops will be hoping a similar turnaround works in their favour on this occasion but they’re 7/2 outsiders with Totesport to leapfrog the ‘Gers to clinch the SPL title.
Again Celtic lock horns with ‘Well, with Neil Lennon’s men needing to better Rangers’ result at Killie and at 1/5 () the Hoops can at least keep up their side of the bargain by sending the Steelmen home empty-handed.
Lennon will want his troops to be out of the blocks quickly to put pressure on the ‘Gers and it would be no surprise to see them bag an early goal at Celtic Park, where Stan James quote odds of 5/6 for the opener to arrive before the 27th minute.
With a fast start from the hosts likely, Paddy Power’s 8/13 for the Hoops to lead at the end of each half looks a banker and indeed if Lennon’s side get their noses in front in the early stages, that could deflate the visitors, who are 6/4 courtesy of Betfred to lose by at least three.
Meanwhile, the Hoops will have to do without in-form Kris Commons, who was dismissed at Hearts on Wednesday and that will be a blow given that the attacker had fired five goals in his last four outings. However, ticking along nicely in attack, Gary Hooper passed the 20-goal mark for the season with a double at Tynecastle and at 11/4 (Betfred), he’s worth a few quid in the first score betting.
At Rugby Park, Rangers should make Celtic’s result irrelevant by seeing off out-of-sorts Kilmarnock. Walter Smith’s men, 4/11 favourites, are ending the campaign in impressive fashion having won eight of their last nine, conceding just one goal in the process and they’re 4/5 with William Hill to win ‘to nil’ against a Killie side without a victory in seven.