Supporters of the Old Firm pair have been waiting for this day for almost three years and indeed anticipation has been building ever since the League Cup semi-final draw pitched Celtic and Rangers against each other. The tension has been cranked up yet further this week and at 13.30 this afternoon you can guarantee that the Celtic Park atmosphere will be absolutely electric.
That can’t fail to be reflected on the pitch so a frantic showdown is likely and with emotions running high, punters can cash in on the likelihood of tempers boiling over. BetVictor for example, offer a generous 2/1 about referee Craig Thomson brandishing a red card at some stage and the experienced whistle-blower, who could be a busy man, is 23/10 with Paddy Power to award either side a penalty-kick.
We reported last Sunday that the Hoops were strongly fancied to book their place in the final in normal time and having been well backed all week, Ronny Deila’s boys are now more emphatic favourites at 2/5 (from 4/9) with Skybet.
The ‘Gers meanwhile, remain 7/1 outsiders at Paddy Power and Ladbrokes’s 7/2 about a stalemate has attracted some interest but with a division separating the teams, it’s difficult to oppose the home side, whose extra quality should come to the fore.
Having racked up five consecutive clean sheets, the Bhoys appeal at 11/8 (BetVictor) to defeat the Light Blues ‘to nil’ and it’s an enticing even money for the hosts to be in possession of a lead at the end of each half.
Not many players in action today featured in the pair’s last scrap but Celtic’s Kris Commons did and he was also on target in a 3-0 Hoops victory that day. Commons also bagged the winner at Ross County last time out so he looks like the man to follow in bet365’s first scorer betting at odds of 9/2.