This Scottish Premiership title race is all but run, but there is still some more silverware that is up for grabs.
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Glasgow Semi Final
Celtic have officially won the League Cup and have all but won the league. Can they take another step toward the treble?
The Treble Tilt
It was the English FA Cup semi’s last weekend, now it is time to go north of the border. Both Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk will be licking their lips at the prospect of reaching Scotland’s showpiece event, they will also be dreading the prospect of facing Celtic or Rangers.
The former two teams meet on Saturday, the latter have top billing on Sunday. While it is top billing that Celtic have earned throughout the season, as Ange Postecoglou’s men are just one win from retaining the Scottish Premiership title.
Something that will certainly irk those who find themselves in the blue half of Glasgow and although Rangers have definitely been better under the stewardship of Michael Beale, they just cannot land a glove on the Hoops.
While the most recent meeting between the two is arguably the perfect example of Rangers’ failure to slay the beast. The Ibrox outfit had to go to enemy territory and come away with three points. Should they not have been able to do so, the title race would be all but run.
Unfortunately for last season’s league runners-up, they were beaten 3-2 at Celtic Park and as a consequence will be subjected to another second-place finish at the end of the season. Not only that, but their preparations for Hampden have been far from ideal.
Rangers’ last league outing was a 2-0 defeat at in-form Aberdeen. Barry Robson’s men are marching towards a third-place finish and clearly wanted the Pittodrie points far more than their opponents.
Which is certainly going to be a concern as far as manager Beale is concerned. He should not need to get his troops up for Sunday’s impending battle, but he may wonder if his players have got any fight left.
Their only light in the Old Firm rivalry was January’s home 2-2 draw. A share of the points, but due to the manner in which they were split, it all but felt like a defeat. Kyogo Furuhashi’s late goal maintained the status quo and the Japanese forward has been a constant thorn in their side.
Not only did he net in this season’s League Cup final, but he also scored twice in the most recent league meeting between the two. The 28-year-old has 29 goals this season, what price would you take for him to get his 30th on Sunday.
But now it is time for the first of my two tips and although Celtic were held to a draw at home to Motherwell last weekend, I do not see such a result derailing them at the weekend. Therefore, I have plumped for Ange Postecoglou’s men to win and both teams to score at odds of 3/1.
While in addition to this, I am going to go for a goalscorer combination. Furuhashi in the green and white corner. James Tavernier in the blue. Both players to score in a bet builder is priced at 9/1 and I think that is a cracking bit of value to be had.
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