Celtic welcome Kilmarnock to Celtic Park, knowing that a win against the men from Ayrshire would leave Rangers with no margin for error in their remaining matches. A victory for Celtic pushes them ever closer to a 50th Scottish League title and a record consecutive eighth title in a row.
With just four matches to go in the season, Celtic lead their fierce Glaswegian rivals by nine points and a win for Neil Lennon’s men would all but confirm another league title. Any points then dropped by their rivals Rangers will result in handing Celtic the League as early as their match with Aberdeen on Sunday.
The odds are now very short for Celtic to complete the first ever ‘Treble Treble’ in any major footballing nation in consecutive years. With only Hearts having the ability to stop The Bhoys in Green and White from completing the incredible feat in the Scottish Cup Final.
Although the Hoops have drawn their last two league games in boring 0-0’s, their form is not a worry as wedged between the two boring results they battered Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup semi-final 3-0. Their defence has been as solid as ever, only conceding one goal in their last eight matches.
Kilmarnock on the other hand, have enjoyed a great season and at one point were heavily involved in the title race. Steve Clarke has enjoyed his time at Rugby Park and hoping this will continue going into the next season. With 3rd place still very much in their sights, they won’t be a pushover for Celtic as they look to keep Aberdeen at an arm’s length.
Skipper Scott Brown is available for the game at Celtic Park, as the Scottish midfielder escaped any ban on Friday from the SFA after his crazy post-match celebrations against Old Firm rivals Rangers. Which surprises me, as I thought they would have looked to make an example of Celtic ‘Bad Boy’ Scott Brown.
Celtic’s list of absentees is as long as my arm (Kieran Tierney, Ryan Christie, Jack Hendry, Dedryck Boyata Craig Gordon, Eboue Kouassi and Daniel Arzani) are out. While star striker Leigh Griffiths is still missing through personal problems and isn’t expected back until the end of the season.
Killie on the other hand, have lost their appeal against Kirk Broadfoot’s red card in Saturday’s Scottish Premiership defeat at the hands of Aberdeen. Thankfully on a positive note, Rory Mckenzie’s red card has been downgraded to a yellow and he will be in the match day squad.
The price on Celtic to win is a bit of a joke (1.25) for them to beat a team who have already beaten them this season. With the season all but done for Celtic with the title race tied up, I think they may take their foot off the gas a tiny bit and Kilmarnock to win (13.00) is an incredible price.
Goals haven’t been at the forefront of Celtic or Kilmarnock’s matches in the last five, with Celtic averaging eight in their last five and Kilmarnock averaging ten in their last five. I’m looking at Under 2.5 goals (2.10). The goalscorer prices aren’t too bad on this match, with Odsonne Eduoard (1.9) anytime the favourite with Jordan Jones (9.00) a slightly tastier outside shot for a goal.
In summary, I can’t see much result other than Celtic win, but at 1.25 I won’t be backing them at that price. Kilmarnock at 13.00 seems a lot of value. I’m thinking of playing on the under goals market.
Under 2.5 Goals @ 2.10
Odsonne Eduoard to Score Anytime @ 1.9