The Old Firm derby is one of the oldest and greatest rivalries in football. It’s said to be worth £120 million to the Scottish economy. Celtic vs Rangers is one of the most highly anticipated fixtures on the Scottish Premiership calendar.
The fixture is about much more than football. Breaching the Glasgow divide brings about a clash of politics, religion and social attitude.
Winning the Old Firm is as important as winning the league. It’s comparable to El Clásico between Real Madrid and Barcelona. A vicious affair showcasing the very best the league has to offer.
Similarly to the English Premier League, every year 2 teams are relegated to the Scottish Championship. This is often a very exciting contest, as so much is on the line for teams in this position.
The team that finishes last in the Premiership will automatically relegate to the Scottish Championship. However, the team finishing in the penultimate spot in the league will move into Championship qualification.
The team finishing in second-to-last will go straight into the semi-finals of the championship qualification series. This is a great free pick for the Scottish League, as most of the other wagers focus on Rangers and Celtic.
The repetitive nature of the Scottish Premiership is one unattractive quality about the league. However, back in 2012 Rangers, the most successful club of all time went into liquidation and was demoted to the Scottish Third Division.
The news came with great elation from the Catholic side of Glasgow, as Celtic then went on to win consecutive league titles up until the current 2019/20 season. So, Rangers’ rise back to the top hasn’t been easy, but they are knocking on these days.
Without Celtic in the league, there’s only really one other team. However, without Celtic, the soccer betting odds on other teams become a much more interesting wager.
The Glaswegian club’s dominance of the Scottish top-flight stretches back years. You have to go all the way back to the 1984/85 season to find the last time one of Celtic or Rangers didn’t manage to win the title.
It was Aberdeen who won it all those years ago, they actually won it the year before too, but since then it’s been two-way traffic.
It’s often nice to put a wager on other teams in the league, as the odds are totally lopsided when it comes to the Scottish top-flight. There are a number of great teams who can perform on their day, the likes of Hearts, Aberdeen and Hibernian.
Scottish Premiership 2020/21: Top Goalscorer
Historically, the top goalscorers in the league generally come from the two main clubs, Rangers and Celtic. In terms of soccer free picks, the goalscorer is often a good shout because if you know the players, well you can make a confident assumption.
It’s important to track the league closely with top goalscorer bets, as the players’ form has a huge effect on their numbers. Similarly, the teams’ performance can have a drastic effect too.