Neil Lennon was raging last weekend as his side fell to a 1-0 defeat against St Johnstone and his Hoops side did little to lighten his mood as they crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday, a result that prompted Paddy Power to cut Lennon to 14/1 to be the next SPL boss to lose his job. However, attention now turns to domestic matters and owing their manager a performance, Celtic are bankers at 4/9 with Boylesports to get back to winning ways at St Mirren.
The Buddies will have their backers at 15/2 (bet365) given their decent form and rate them at 7/2 to grab a share of the spoils but while they will make life difficult for the visitors, the Hoops can nick it by one, a result Partybets offer at 14/5.
Celtic grabbed the only goal on their last visit to Love Street, a feat they’re 7.0 (6/1, Betdaq) to repeat but St Mirren could pose a danger in attack, especially as Steven Thompson is in such a rich vein of form; the Buddies man a cracking 7/2 with Skybet to fire his fifth in five at some stage.
Punters could therefore pocket a packet by backing a 2-1 Hoops triumph at 15/2 with Sportingbet while Stan James chalk 21/20 against both teams finding the net and Totesport offer 10/3 for Lennon’s Bhoys to emerge victorious after a drawn first half. Anthony Stokes meanwhile, has helped himself to three in four in the league and he stands out at 7/2 (Ladbrokes) to break the deadlock.
The season isn’t even in September and Rangers are already out of two European competitions, so under-pressure boss Ally McCoist will almost consider Aberdeen’s visit to Ibrox a must-win game. Thankfully for the rookie manager, his ‘Gers side are 2/7 with Betfred to oblige and Paddy Power quote them at evens to combine victory with a clean sheet.
Finally, in the Edinburgh derby, Stan James have installed Hearts as favourites at 5/6 but the smart money at Tynecastle will be on in-form Garry O’Connor, who bet365 price at 11/4 to strike at any time for Hibs.
Draw/Celtic – 10/3 (Totesport)
Celtic to beat St Mirren 2-1 – 15/2 (Sportingbet)
Rangers to beat Aberdeen ‘to nil’ – evens (Paddy Power)
Garry O’Connor to score at any time – 11/4 (bet365)