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Scottish Premiership Preview: Boxing Day Fixtures


There’s a full round of matches in the Scottish Premiership on Boxing Day before all 12 clubs head into the amended winter break.

Scheduled for January, this season’s winter break has been moved forward in response to the Scottish Government’s limitation of 500 spectators at any sporting event.

So with a three-week break on the horizon, you can be sure Sunday’s action will be fast and furious as clubs look to sign-off 2021 with a victory.

The early kick-off sees Celtic travel to Perth to take on St Johnstone, who, having sealed a cup double last season, are struggling badly for form, although Celtic at 2/7 with bet365 offers little value.

The Saints are bottom of the table, having lost their last six on the bounce, and Celtic will see this is an easy opportunity to pick up three points – although the same was said about their match against St Mirren midweek.

Talking off St Mirren, they face a daunting trip to Ibrox to take on reigning champions Rangers, and after holding Celtic to a 0-0 draw, Jim Goodwin and his squad will have to dig deep once more if they are to take anything from the league leaders.

Rangers have been in excellent form both domestically and in Europe, and it would be no shock to see them end 2021 with yet another comfortable victory – Rangers (-2 goals) is Evens at William Hill.

Third-placed Hearts welcome Ross County to Tynecastle and the Staggies arrive into the capital on a good run of form – losing just two of their last nine with those two defeats coming against Rangers and Celtic.

Ross County and Draw on the Double Chance market looks attractive and should entice a few punters – it’s 7/5 at Betfair.

Hearts city rivals Hibs take on Dundee United and you can check out our full match preview for that clash at Tannadice here.

As Hibs head to Dundee, Dundee head to Aberdeen with both sides are hungry for points, and both will fancy their chances – with home advantage though, the Dons should edge this but it would take a brave man to back them at 3/5 with bet365.

And last but not least, Motherwell take on Livingston at Fir Park and it’s not been a happy hunting ground for the visitors, failing to win on their last 11 visits.

Well meanwhile are rock solid at Fir Park, with only Rangers and Celtic taking more points at home this season, and a Motherwell victory looks like an excellent bet at 13/10 with Paddy Power.