SUNDAY’S OLD Firm clash looks set to break Scottish football betting records according to Ladbrokes.
The bookies forecast more than £10 million will ride on the outcome of the League Cup semi-final across the industry – with more than £5m bet by Scots in the run-up to kick off – eclipsing the 2010-11 League Cup Final which stands as the biggest betting match in domestic Scottish football to date.
Celtic head into the match as 4-11 favourites with Ladbrokes to settle the tie in 90 minutes, with Rangers 7-1 to take the spoils in normal time, with those long odds not enough to put off one Glasgow-based punter who has £10k riding on the outsiders.
Those who think the tie will go to extra time at least can take 19-5 it’s a draw while it’s also just 8-1 both sides have a man sent off.
Bets are also now also being placed on when the sides will next meet in the top tier of Scottish football with next season the odds-on favourite at 10-11.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “The highly-anticipated return of the Old Firm means Scottish football betting records will be smashed on Sunday. While the market points towards a Celtic win at this stage, when it comes to it being classic cup tie all bets are off.”
Scottish bookmakers McBookie.com also expect millions to punted on what they describe as Scottish football’s biggest match for nearly three years.
Paul Petrie, McBookie.com spokesman, said: “There is no doubt the Celtic v Rangers games are the biggest in Scotland and from a turnover perspective we are delighted it is back. The only downside is the game looks so one-sided we fear a massive Celtic win will cost us a fortune.”
Celtic have already been backed from 2-5 to 4-11 to win in 90 minutes with McBookie while punters have also backed taken to win giving Rangers, one, two and even three goals of a start. So far the most popular correct score is a 4-0 win for Celtic at 16-1.
Petrie added: “Not too many people are giving Rangers much chance and if the betting is to be believed it will be an easy win for Celtic.”
In the other semi-final Aberdeen are the slight 8-11 favourites to qualify. Dundee United can be backed at 1-1. Outright 8-11, Celtic 4-1 Aberdeen, Dundee Utd, 7-1 Rangers.
My tips for the game will be put up on Saturday night.