THE WINDOW’S just open and already Celtic are fending off massive bids for Moussa Dembele.
West Ham have been told to stick their £20million bid where the sun don’t shine and Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers insists the French Under-21 star won’t be sold this month.
However, every player has his price and having paid Fulham just £500,000 for the striker six months ago I wonder what offer will be too good for club chief Peter Lawwell to refuse.
Scottish bookmakers McBookie.com are offering 5-1 Dembele joins the Hammers in this window while Tottenham and PSG are 6-1 and 8-1 chances respectively. Can’t see him going to Spurs – can’t have two Mous(s)a Dembeles in the same side.
Good news for Celtic fans is the fact Dembele is 1-6 to still be at Celtic Park when the window closes. That makes him a 7-2 chance to leave.
I’m not one of those who subscribe to the belief a side can go through the season unbeaten but Celtic are now just 5-2 with Ladbrokes to achieve the feat.
There are too many factors against it with players missing through injury or rotation and others being given a chance to shine.
To be fair to Rodgers he’s giving it a go with just two points dropped before Premiership action resumes at the end of the month.
That 5-2 doesn’t tempt me because once six in a row is clinched – and that’s 1-1000 – it won’t be easy to stay 100 per cent focused.
Another market that’s for small stakes is 150-1 with the league sponsors for the Hoops to win all of their remaining games.
Having said that Aberdeen away looks the only place the full-strength champs might slip up and that visit will come after the split.
Celtic are 19 points clear of second-placed Rangers and are 12-1 with Ladbrokes to wrap up the title before the next derby on March 11.
Until the Premiership resumes the focus is on the Championship. Dumbarton’s response to being humiliated by Bonnyrigg in the Scottish Cup has been impressive and they are unbeaten in three.
In that spell they’ve defeated Falkirk and Dundee United and drawn at Ayr with 10 men. They face another tough test at Morton today and I reckon the Greenock men will edge it.
Jim Duffy’s side snatched a last-gasp point at St Mirren last week with 10 men and have lost just one in 10. Morton are 7-10 at Ladbrokes to win and consider goalscoring centre-half Thomas O’Ware to notch again at 3-1 at bet365.
He has nine for the season including the winnner at Cappielow last time out against QoS. Both meetings between Ayr and Dunfermline have been a draw and there could be another at Somerset between two closely-matched teams at 12-5 with McBookie.
Under 2.5 goals at evens with bet365 looks on as five out of six have gone that way for Ayr as have Pars’ previous three. Raith were well beaten at home to Dunfermline on Monday and face another defeat against a Falkirk side who need a win after two draws and two defeats in their last four.
Falkirk won 2-0 at Stark’s Park in September and are 33-20 with Marathonbet to repeat their success.
St Mirren are edging closer to to second bottom and are seven points adrift of Ayr after collecting eight in five games. They missed a trick when they allowed 10-man Morton to level last week but should see off Queen of the South. Saints are a best 8-5 with Betway.
In League One there should be goals at Peterhead, Queen’s Park and Stranraer and a both to score treble pays 33-10 at 10Bet.
Edinburgh City look best bets in League Two as they entertain Arbroath. City beat their rivals away and drew at home and are on a run of one defeat in 12 – 11 of those games went under 2.5 goals.
Bets to Consider
O’Ware (Morton) to score
Ayr v Dunfermline draw
Stranraer v Alloa btts
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