Now you don’t have to be a genius to come to the conclusion that the team who wins the SPL title next year will come from Glasgow and wear either a blue or green strip. Realistically there’s as much chance of a team outside the Old Firm winning the SPL title than there is of Robert Mugabe being beaten in a Zimbabwean election.
The Old Firm have dominated since 1984-85 season when Aberdeen won the title and you’d be as well setting fire to your money if you intend to back anyone other than Celtic or Rangers to win the title in the upcoming season. After the big two the third best in the betting are quoted at 200/1 to win the title, and those odds aren’t too generous to be fair.
Current Champions Celtic are 5/6 (Ladbrokes) while Rangers are Evens (Coral) now while these odds are hardly likely to give a huge return to punters it’s not all doom and gloom. There is betting available on the SPL without Rangers and Celtic and at least that does offer some kind of value if you can find the team who are going to finish third.
Lat Year Motherwell finished in third place behind Celtic and Rangers and there is a good chance that Mark McGhee’s team can be “Best of the rest” again next season. Motherwell are 5/1 (Bet365) and that’s a decent price given how well they performed last season. How they cope with having to play extra games in their UEFA Cup fixtures given the size of their squad remains to be seen and their league form could suffer as a result.
Aberdeen are favourites at 7/2 (Paddypower).but they are inconsistent and while they will be challenging for third spot they may drop too many points against lesser sides to clinch third spot.
Under Craig Levein Dundee United have developed into a side capable of beating anyone when they play to their full potential. They are nice mixture of youth and experience and if they can just add one or two more quality players to the squad they could be good value at 5/1 (Coral)
Hearts are as short as 11/4 (Paddypower) to finish third but we just can’t see that happening unless there are some big changes at Tynecastle-and we don’t mean yet another new manager!
They look like a bust waiting to happen at the moment. Coaches and managers come and go with alarming frequency. They’ve got rid of decent players and replaced them with third rate foreigners and loan signings, who just aren’t good enough to be playing at this level. The decent players they do have are now looking to jump ship and football fans everywhere are becoming concerned about how the club is being run and where all this turmoil is going to lead. At 11/4 Hearts are unbackable in our opinion given the on and off field problems they have,
Of the teams left only Kilmarnock can be seriously considered as possible challengers for third place. They had an extremely poor season by their standards last year, and a lack of money for new players may hinder their revival this season. However they look likely to have a far better season than they did last year and they could surprise a few people and come good. At 28/1 (Paddypower) Kilmarnock definitely offer punters as much chance as Hearts and are a lot better value.
With their younger players having another season of SPL experience under their belt we believe Dundee United will improve enough to take third place behind Celtic and Rangers..