IT’S back to the bread and butter of the Premiership for Celtic after earning their £30million corn by reaching the Champions League.
Barcelona, Man City and Monchengladbach lie on the horizon but first up are an Aberdeen side trying desperately to maintain their status as “best of the rest”.
The Dons have finished runners-up the past two season but second spot could be out of reach with Rangers back in town.
Derek McInnes’s men followed two 0-0 draws with a 2-1 defeat of Partick Thistle last week but their form won’t scare Brendan Rodgers.
His side were hapless at Hapoel Beer Sheva but at the end of a nervy display all that mattered was the aggregate score.
The pressure is off and Celtic can relax knowing their first objective has been achieved. That’s bad news for the Dons who have a dire record at Parkhead.
A Celtic win and both to score pays 15-8 at bet365 while both to score is 4-6 at McBookie. Saidy Janko looked as dizzy as Efe Ambrose in Israel and if either start lump on Aberdeen to net 2+ at 11-4 with Ladbrokes.
Celtic have netted 17 in their last five at home to the Dons and are 8-5 at William to score 2+.
I tipped a magnificent seven Celtic bets correctly last Saturday including Leigh Griffiths to score first. He was posted missing in action in Israel and will be looking to bounce back in style.
He is 16-5 at Paddy Power to net first and 4-5 with Hills to hit the target at any time.
Elsewhere St Johnstone could be worth a look at 13-8 with Hills at an Inverness side hammered 5-1 by Hearts. Saints shouldn’t lose to you can take less risk with draw no bet at 5-6 with bet365.
Ross County have lost just one of five visits to Hamilton and are 11-8 with McBookie. Liam Boyce has bagged four goals in two games and best bet could be the Irishman to score at 17-10 with Ladbrokes.
Hearts haven’t conceded a goal to Partick Thistle for two years and are 11-4 to win to nil at Firhill.
Motherwell v Dundee looks a draw and both could score. That pays 19-4 at Stan James.
In the Championship Hibs should maintain their 100 per cent record at home to Morton. Neil Lennon’s men are no bigger than 2-7 so consider a home win and over 2.5 match goals at 5-6 with Paddy Power.
The Greenock men have netted in every game this season and by all accounts Hibs could have hit St Mirren for six last Saturday. One day the shots will go in and Hibs will be celebrating a big win but it might not be today.
Ray McKinnon faces his old team as Dundee United tackle Raith. United can win but I’d be happier going with over 2.5 goals at 3-4 with bet365.
And what about our old friends Alloa. They brought up a 7-5 Super Single last week as they made it seven wins on the spin.
They should notch No.8 at Albion Rovers where they’ve netted eight on their last two visits. Alloa are 19-20 with McBookie.
Bets to Consider
Celtic & Btts
Hibs & Over 2.5 match goals
Dundee Utd v Raith btts