The Punter: Gers have league trophy in the bag
Rangers are home in a boat as far as layers are concerned in holding on to the SPL title.
Celtic fans live in hope that the Bhoys can pull back a 10-point deficit which is more than likely to be 13 with a trip to St Johnstone for Rangers’ game in hand.
Such is the belief from Dundalk firm Boylesport that it will be blue ribbons again on the trophy, they have already agreed to pay out to those who snapped up the pre-season odds of evens.
Maurice Edu’s late winner against Celtic at Ibrox last Sunday virtually brought down the curtain on the championship even with 12 fixtures remaining.
There are seven matches to go before the split with Rangers then facing one match against the other teams in the top six.
That gives Celtic one more chance to beat their Old Firm rivals, but even assuming success, much more than that will be needed.
It would take a collapse of considerable magnitude to prise the grip of the Teddy Bears from the silverware.
“Rangers would have to slip up on a monumental scale and we simply can’t see that happening,” said Boylesport’s Leon Blanche.
Celtic blew a seven-point lead twice last season but even if Rangers do lose a few more points, there is nothing to suggest Celtic will remain unbeaten in their remaining matches.
They are 12-1 to be champions with Rangers 1-7 from those still willing to lay the Gers.