AFTER an impressive start to the season punters are backing Celtic for a clean sweep with McBookie cutting them from 8-1 to 6-1 to win a domestic treble.
The firm is also offering just 8-1 they make the last 16 of the Champions League and 16-1 they can go through the whole league season unbeaten – and the latter is as likely as Scotland winning the World Cup.
McBookie spokesman Paul Petrie said: “There seems to be more confidence around Celtic this season and punters are clearly impressed by the new Brendan Rodgers regime. A treble is still a big ask but I expect punters will get a good run for their money.”
Celtic are 1-20 to make the Champions League group stages following their 5-2 midweek victory over Hapoel Beer Sheva.
Tommy Wright watched that game and says he has a masterplan to beat Celtic – but he’s on to a loser unless it involves locking them in the dressing room.
The St Johnstone boss is a wily operator and must have been impressed with the Champions League super show even though he preferred to criticise the Israelis tactics.
We know Saints won’t be as open in today’s lunchtime showdown but Celtic are beginning to motor under Rodgers and I can’t see anything but an away win unless he makes wholesale changes.
Some rotation is possible ahead of Tuesday’s second leg in Beersheva with Patrick Roberts set for a comeback and Moussa Dembele possibly given a start but surely Rodgers know the job is done and can concentrate on the task in hand at McDiarmid Park.
Rodgers’s side have netted 12 in their last three games – including five against Motherwell and Hapoel – so goals could be the preferred option. Celtic 2+ is short at 8-11 so I’d consider over 2.5 team goals at 9-4 with bet365 and Celtic -1 at 17-10 with McBookie.
Saints are unbeaten in 15 and have banged in at least three in three of their last four outings and we saw on Wednesday how easily the Hoops can concede. Over 2.5 goals look a good call at 4-5 with Ladbrokes.
Leigh Griffiths is man of the moment after his dazzling double against Hapoel and is 21-20 at McBookie and Ladbrokes to score again and 4-1 to break the deadlock. He may be rested though so check line-ups.
Rangers have beaten Motherwell already this season – 2-0 at Fir Park in the Betfred Cup – and should do so again after picking up their first Premiership win at Dundee last week.
Mark Warburton’s men are boosted by the capture of Preston striker Joe Garner and while he won’t feature today the signings should encourage those with the jerseys to push themselves even further.
Elsewhere in the Premiership Hearts can get going with a win against an Inverness side who have lost three on the spin. They are evens at Betfred.
In the Championship Hibs head to St Mirren looking for a third win in the spin. Neil Lennon’s side have been guilty of missing too many chances but look a decent bet at 4-5 with William Hill.
Dundee Utd should get back on track at home to Ayr after losing to Dumbarton but are short at 4-11 at William Hill.
Alloa were my headline act last week and they didn’t let me down as they slammed five past Stranraer at Stair Park.
That’s seven wins out of seven for Jack Ross’s side and it should be eight today when they entertain East Fife.
Best bets in League Two look to be Elgin at 11-10 with Paddy Power at home to Arbroath.
Bets to Consider
Celtic to score 2+, 3+
Hibs & btts
Alloa to score 2+, 3+
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