IT’S a big night at the top and bottom of the Scottish Premiership with Celtic and Aberdeen in action – and Dundee United trying to continue their bid to escape the drop.
Let’s start with the New Firm derby – Dundee United v Aberdeen. It’s difficult to decide which teams needs the points more but I’ll guess it’s the Tangerines.
I’ll be ruled fearless or foolhardy at the end of 90 minutes but I can see United getting some sort of results against a side without two of their key men – top scorer Adam Rooney and skipper Jonny Hayes.
A few weeks ago I’d written United off in the fight to for survival but they’ve given themselves a chance with 10 points in five games.
That still leaves Mixu Paatelainen’s men nine points from safety but his players look ready for a scrap.
Aberdeen lost at Inverness and were held to St Johnstoneso need the points just as much to stay in the title race.
A Dundee double tonight pays 35-1 at Ladbrokes but I’m not that daft. Dens boss Paul Hartley admits he has a selection dilemma with his side visiting Celtic tonight and Rangers in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.
That suggests he’ll rest key men but check line-ups before taking my advised bet of Celtic -2 at 7-5 with McBookie.
Celtic beat Dundee 6-0 at home in September and in the previous two seasons won 5-0 twice. Ronny Deila’s side aren’t firing on all cylinders but if their opponents are distracted by Saturday’s fixture this could be another thumping.
Ex-Dundee striker Leigh Griffiths is 23-10 at 888sport to score first and just 8-15 to net at any time.
The third Premier League game sees St Johnstone at home to Partick and this has the feel of a draw.
Dundee Utd draw no bet