THERE’S been another debate about the merits of lifting the alcohol at football grounds in Scotland ban since minor trouble at the Old Firm League Cup semi-final.
I can see the pros and cons but feel most clubs should be allowed to serve drink to supporters – but not at high-profile or games regarded as a security risk.
McBookie go 6-4 the ban will be lifted before the end of the 2016-17 season and there’s definitely a chance of it happening. However, that means it is odds on at 1-2 it will remain in place
Paul Petrie, McBookie.com spokesman, said: “It does seem unfair rugby fans can enjoy a pint at the game but football fans cannot. However, we suspect it will be a few years yet before drink is allowed in Scottish football grounds.”
Meanwhile, the race for League One hots up on Saturday when the top four in the division all play each other. Stranraer are the current favourites at 7-4 ahead of their trip to second-placed Morton.
Petrie added: “League One is the most competitive league in Scotland but Saturday could go a long way to deciding the destination of the title. Interestingly, it is two full-time clubs and two part time clubs challenging at the top. Could that have a bearing on the outcome?”
Latest McBookie outrights:
1-33 Celtic, 12-1 Aberdeen
8-13 Ross Co, 5-2, St Mirren, 4-1 Motherwell
1-33 Hibs, 1-20 Rangers, 2-9 QoS, 11-8 Falkirk
7-4 Stranraer, 9-4 Morton, 4-1 Dunfermline, 6-1 Forfar
8-15 Arbroath, 2-1 Albion Rovers
Meanwhile, here are some stats and specials from William Hill’s Owen Scott. They are not tips but may help you with your weekend picks.
ABERDEEN v ST MIRREN
Aberdeen have scored in both halves in
each of their last two home ties
against St Mirren.
ABERDEEN TO SCORE IN BOTH HALVES 11-10
DUNDEE UTD v ST JOHNSTONE
Dundee Utd have won their last four
home matches and have conceded a goal
in each of them.
BOTH TO SCORE AND DUNDEE UTD WIN 11-4
INVERNESS v KILMARNOCK
Aaron Doran has scored in the last two
Inverness home wins over Killie.
DORAN TO SCORE AND INVERNESS WIN 11-4
MOTHERWELL v DUNDEE
Dundee have won the last two matches
against Motherwell, there were at
least four goals scored in both games.
DUNDEE TO WIN AND + MATCH GOALS 4-1
PARTICK TH v ROSS COUNTY
Four of the last five matches between
these sides have produced at least
FOUR+ GOALS IN MATCH 2-1
COWDENBEATH v ALLOA
Cowdenbeath have scored only three
goals in their last six home league
matches. Alloa have scored none in
their last five away league matches.
UNDER 1.5 GOALS IN MATCH 11-4
FALKIRK v LIVINGSTON
Both teams have scored in each of
Falkirk’s last six matches.
BOTH TO SCORE AND FALKIRK WIN 2-1
HIBS v DUMBARTON
Dominique Malonga scored a hat-trick
when these sides met in November.
MALONGA TO SCORE A HAT-TRICK 14-1
QoS v HEARTS
Prince Buaben has scored in both Hearts
wins against QOS this season.
BUABEN TO SCORE AND HEARTS WIN (price to come)