AUG 15: SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP BETTING PREVIEW

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I WAS standing in the bookies on Friday afternoon when a guy walked up to the counter and asked for £100 at 5-1 on Scott Allan to stay at Hibs.

I asked him if he’d read the Daily Record (our Friday back page insisted he’d be signing for Celtic) and he said he had inside info Allan would knock them back and agree a pre-contract with Rangers in January.

He was furious when Ladbrokes said the book had been suspended and I hope he’s in today to apologise to the manager who saved him money.

So Allan’s now a Celtic player and it’s a surprising move for the diehard Rangers fan who has been linked with a move to Ibrox for weeks.

Hibs might not be too badly affected as they’ve landed Liam Henderson on loan until the end of the season and Dylan McGeouch on a permanent deal.

Allan won’t make his debut for Celtic today at home to Inverness but has signed in time to be eligible for the Champions League clash with Malmo on Wednesday.

Celtic should bounce back from their shock draw at Kilmarnock on Wednesday by beating Inverness at home but I won’t be rushing to back them at 1-4 with Betfred.

Ronny Deila’s focus is clearly on the Malmo game so there could be more squad rotation. If he puts out a stronger side than he did at Rugby Park consider the Hoops minus one but wait for team news.

Inverness have been powderpuff this season and haven’t netted on their last four trips to Parkhead.

Leaders Hearts could see their 100 per cent record ended at Ross County. Jambos boss Robbie Neilson says he’s expecting his toughest test of the season and he could get it.

Hearts are 7-4 at McBookie but I’m on the stalemate at 5-2 with Betfred and Neilson has stated he’ll put out a more defence-minded side with County boasting a dangerous front two in Craig Curran and Liam Boyce. Despite that I expect both sides to score.

Second-placed Aberdeen chose to have a midweek rest and that could pay dividends as they head to a Motherwell side tamely beaten at Hearts. The Dons are 5-6 with Ladbrokes to make it three wins on the spin.

Dundee showed their good and bad sides on Tuesday as they bounced back to claim a thrilling 2-2 draw at Tannadice. They can score and concede so both to net when St Johnstone visit looks the best bet at 1-1 with William Hill. Saints’ Graham Cummins is 14-5 (Stan James to score for the fourth game in a row.

Recommended Bets

Aberdeen
(5-6, Ladbrokes)

Dundee v St Johnstone btts
(1-1, William Hill)

Ross County v Hearts btts
(20-23, Coral)

14 Comments
  1. Warburton is Magic 1 year ago

    Rangers made their big signing this summer and his name is Mark Warburton. Rangers -1 tomorrow again but also a small bet on -3. Due to give a team a real hammering again although probably Hibs again next week.

    Aberdeen, Rangers -1 and over 1.5goals in Dundee v St J game.

    Good luck

  2. Mr H 1 year ago

    Alva don’t be so naive my friend…just because he signed for Celtic it doesn’t prevent him from being a diehard Rangers fan. Playing football is an occupation like any other. Denis Law relegated Man Utd while scoring a backheel for Man City at Old Trafford but he’s still a Utd legend and diehard fan

    Into today…reading Delias words I can and criticism of the teams sloppiness and attitude I can see celtic winning heavily today Mr F…Inverness are short of numbers and might not have enough too fill the bench….celtic by at least 3 today for me

  3. Alanptfc 1 year ago

    Killie 21/20 double chance

    2 evenly matched teams Killie coming off 5 he back of a draw v celtic must be pumped up against a team that have yet to win this season. Over evens for Killie not to lose is a steal.

    Other bet correct score 1-1 13/2 williamhill

  4. JamesB81 1 year ago

    Where does it say Dylan McGeouch has signed for Hibs ?
    Allan obviously isn’t a diehard Bear or he would have waited it out with ‘his team’ wanting his signature.

    Agree with MrF that Aberdeen are todays bet. They have had a free midweek to prepare and should be well drilled to do the business aswell as encouraged by Celtic dropping points.

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      Mr Fixit 1 year ago

      JamesB81, everywhere. McGeouch has signed a permanent deal, Henderson on loan but has signed new 3-year deal with Celtic.

  5. Mr H 1 year ago

    James he’s got the opportunity too sign for the Champions of Scotland who are in the final round of qualifying for the biggest club tournament in football….it’s a no brainer for the boy…too be honest I personally think Liam Henderson is a better talent than Allan and will come back a better player next year and be a peripheral figure for Celtic in the years too come

  6. JamesB81 1 year ago

    Another double for me
    Dundee v St.Johnstone, DRAW
    Ross Cty v Hearts, DRAW

    10.55/1

    ——————–

    MrH, the point I was making had nothing to do with other clubs. It was simply if he was a real ‘diehard’ he would have waited to sign for ‘his club’. He didn’t, so he isn’t.

    Majority of players aren’t and prioritise money but you do get some, eg. Shearer at Newcastle passed up ‘bigger offers’. No big deal though, it’s done.

    From a playing POV, I think SA is taking another gamble after his failed move to WBA (spent on loan to various lower league clubs). Approaching his mid 20’s, he hasn’t many first team games under his belt and desperately needs regular first team football. I doubt he’ll get that at Celtic. His agent might be prioritising his bank account though.

    Champions League always sounds good but from a players POV, surely if you are not on the pitch, it doesn’t mean much.

  7. JamesB81 1 year ago

    MrF,
    Fair enough but neither the official Hibs twitter account or website has news of it.

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      Mr Fixit 1 year ago

      JamesB81, reported in all today’s papers.
      Anyway off to see Glasgow Perthshire v the Bankies then taking the boy to the pictures.
      Check in later.
      Let’s hope it’s a decent day.

  8. Mr H 1 year ago

    So because he’s chosen too try and prove himself at a higher level playing with better players rather than stay another season at the same level means he’s money orientated??? Don’t talk absolute drivel

    That’s your personal definition of a diehard then…I see him in a different light…I see him as ambitious…aiming high by moving out of his comfort zone at Championship level and looking too test himself at a higher level

    I’ll cite Paul Lambert ad an example here…at the age of 26 after years in his comfort zone with St Mirren and Motherwell nobody in Scotland wanted him enough too tempt him too stay…he took a chance at went too Dortmund and returned 18 months or so later with a Champions League medal and went on too Captain arguably the best Celtic side since the Lions

    Don’t slate the lad for being ambitious

  9. JamesB81 1 year ago

    MrH, you should read my post again as your counter-point mistakenly seems to go down the predictable tribal divide.

    As I said previously, nothing to do with alternatives, if someone is truly a ‘diehard fan’ of X and his team have said that they want to sign him but he will have to wait a few months and come via the bosman ruling, then the player waits and joins X.

    If for whatever reason he isn’t prepared to wait and joins Y then like many others, he isn’t ‘diehard fan’, simples.

    Why he joined Y is another issue.

  10. Mr H 1 year ago

    Tribal divide???

    I’m lost…at what point did I go down this tribal route? I just suggested that your opinion that was heavily hinting on a financial reason as too why he’s signed for Celtic

    I stated the obvious that Celtic have a better squad than Rangers. Celtic play at higher level which is true also

    At no point did I go down a tribal route…it’s the truth

    Denis Law relegated Man Utd at Old Trafford

    Henrik Larsson scored for Barcelona a few weeks into the season

    Doesn’t mean they aren’t diehard fans of the club’s

    It’s an occupation first and foremost and the personal feelings are not priority…they do what’s best for their career at that point in time

  11. Mr H 1 year ago

    Should have read Larsson scored against Celtic at Parkhead for Barcelona a few weeks into the season

  12. Alanptfc 1 year ago

    Killie 21/20 double chance…….WIN

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