THERE'S only one game in town today – OK two if you're a Man Utd or City fans – and let's hope we're talking about the football and nothing else after both big derbies.

Although there's as much chance of that as Donald Trump booking a holiday to Mexico.

From a betting viewpoint predicting the result of Celtic v Rangers games are rarely a foregone conclusion but I'm confident of calling this correctly. Evene if I'd be happier if Leigh Griffiths started but that looks unlikely after he went for a scan on the hamstring injury that kept him out of Scotland's midweek trip to Malta.

The Old Firm have met twice in cups since Rangers' liquidation – and it's honours even although Mark Warburton's men have the bragging rights after last season's Scottish Cup semi-final win on penalties.

However, Gers haven't looked at their best this season while Celtic are on the rise under Brendan Rodgers.

For me the only thing that can stop the Hoops winning today is indiscipline or being distracted by their trip to Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Celtic started out 4-5 favourites but best price now is 8-13 at Ladbrokes and also being backed is Celtic -1 at 13-8 with Paddy Power.

This is a fixture where non-neutrals bet with their heart as opposed to their head and Rangers fans can have their side at 9-2 with Ladbrokes while a draw is 33-10 with McBookie.

Much focus will be on the midfield battle between Scott Brown and Joey Barton (if he starts). They've done their pre-match talking – let's hope neither do inplay walking.

With so much hype I can see a red card and it could be for one of the midfield scrappers.

However, with Willie Collum in charge odds on a red have tumbled and McBookie go 2-1 while league sponsors Ladbrokes are as short as 6-4. A penalty to be awarded is 12-5 at McBookie.

Both sides have been conceding goals since day one so there should be plenty today. Over 2.5 goals looks a given at 7-10 at boylesports while both to score pays 10-13 at 888sport.

Celtic have conceded in each of their three wins and a repeat – Celtic to win and btts – pays 23-10 at 888sport. Rangers have gone behind in all of their matches in the Premiership – against Hamilton, Motherwell and Killie – before fighting back.

You can have Celtic to score first at 1-2 with Ladbrokes while Celtic/draw HT/FT returns 17-1 at McBookie.

For an anytime Hoops star I'd consider Erik Sviatchenko at 12-1 with Coral and if Griffiths doesn't start take Moussa Dembele to score first at 5-1 with Coral.

For Rangers Kenny Miller, who bagged four in last week's friendly at Linfield, is 10-1 with boylesports. For an anytime scorer what about deadball expert James Tavernier at 12-1 with 888sport.

As I said yesterday Joey Barton is 8-1 favourite with to pick up the first card in the Celtic v Rangers match on Saturday. He is followed in the betting by Andy Halliday and Scott Brown on 10-1. The Scouse midfielder is 6-5 to be booked on his Old Firm debut.

Paul Petrie, spokesman, said: “Barton has done a lot of talking since coming to Scotland and it will be fascinating to see how he copes in the cauldron of a Celtic v Rangers game.”

Celtic have been backed from 4-5 to 8-13 for the game despite doubts over the fitness of top scorer Leigh Griffiths. The draw pays 10-3 and Rangers are 9-2.

First Card – selected prices

8-1 Barton, 10-1 Halliday, Brown, 12-1 Wilson, Senderos, 14-1 Hill, 16-1 Lustig, 20-1 Toure.

Ladbrokes specials

Celtic to receive a red card – 6-1
Rangers to receive a red card – 3-1
Both teams to receive a red card – 20-1
Scott Brown to be sent off – 16-1
Joey Barton to be sent off – 12-1
Scott Brown and Joey Barton to be sent off – 66-1
Recommended Bets
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  1. chris guy 6 years ago

    Alves what bookie is doing 200/1 for both players to be sent off

    • Alves 6 years ago

      It was in Skybets requestabets but been taken down now, but must’ve had a few ££ going on it and like most of them they’re withdrawn when it reaches a certain limit

  2. Alves 6 years ago

    Celtic -1 9/5
    Sviatchenko 1st goal 33/1
    Sviatchenko anytime 12/1
    Brown and Barton to be sent off 200/1
    Sviatchenko and Miller anytime, Brown and Barton to be shown a card 100/1

    Also on the 1st card Paul, Brown or Barton to be shown 1st card is in priceboosts with Skybet at 11/2

  3. john smith 6 years ago

    William Hill were doing 5/1 for Barton and Brown to be booked. Good odds i reckon!

  4. theresa higgins 6 years ago

    I am doing Mikael Lustig 1st goal 37/1 any time scorer 14/1 and James Tavernier to be booked 9/2, all at 888sport

  5. telge 6 years ago

    Rangers DC 5/4
    Arsenal 8/13
    Manchester United 11/8

    Sky bet 7.6/1 treble

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