Scottish Football

Often derided for it's quality south of the border, Scottish football is not as readily scoffed at by punters who see it as simply another league to bet on. With four divisions and two domestic cup competitions, there's plenty going on over the course of the season with live coverage of games on both Sky Sports and BT. Celtic and Rangers are the two big guns in the league and the 'Old Firm' matches between the two are considered by many as amongst the biggest club games on the planet that is viewed (and wagered on...) around the world. 

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Rangers Go Top

While Celtic were busy beating Aberdeen to win the Betfred Cup, Rangers won away at Hearts to go top of the Scottish Premiership by a point. They had to come from behind to get the win, conceding an own-goal in the 27th minute before scoring in the 35th and 41st minutes. That's just one point from the last five games for Hearts who led the table earlier in the season. Celtic have a game in hand on Rangers and two on Hearts. Kilmarnock are up to third in the table after a 3-0 home win over Hibernians. 

The current league table doesn't tell the story of the season because Celtic and Rangers certainly haven't had it all their own way. Celtic lost two of their first three away league games and Rangers had to wait til their fifth away game before getting an away win. Hearts made a great start to the season winning eight of their first ten games and were five points clear at one stage. Recent weeks though have seen them struggle though.

Down at the bottom of the table, Dundee are rock bottom with only five points. They are three points adrift of 11th placed St Mirren and eight points from safety with a game in hand. The gap has widened at the bottom after Hamilton won at St Mirren and are now five points above the drop zone.

 

Teams taking part in the Scottish Premiership 2018-19 season (last season's position in brackets)

  • Aberdeen (3rd)
  • Dundee (10th)
  • Glasgow Celtic (1st)
  • Glasgow Rangers (2nd)
  • Hamilton (9th)
  • Hearts (6th)
  • Hibs (4th)
  • Kilmarnock (5th)
  • Livingston (promoted)
  • Motherwell (7th)
  • St Johnstone (8th)
  • St Mirren (promoted)

Other Divisions

Championship - Ayr United top the table, two points clear of Ross County. Also in the play-off spots are Dundee United and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

League One - Arbroath are undefeated in 15 games and lead the table by 10 points from Raith Rovers.

League Two - Edinburgh City are two points clear of Peterhead at the top of the table.

 

Fancy a wee punt on Scottish football?

Aye we bet you do! Enough with the dodgy Scottish coloquialisms but if you're looking to have a wager on Scottish football, you've got plenty of different options. The SPL is the top division and coverage of that is pretty extensive on T.V. Between Sky and BT, there are 60 live games over the course of the season allowing bettors plenty of chances for in-play betting opportunities. As well as the top flight, all of the leading bookmakers will also have markets right down to League One and Two. 

The Cup competitions are also readily available across the bookies, where similarly to English football you have both the FA and League Cups to use your free bet on. In terms of the markets on offer, there is the chance to bet on the outright winner of each of the league's and cup's as well as individual match markets. When betting on Scottish Football games, there are a huge number of options akin to those you may find in the Premier League with well over 150 different markets. For example you can bet on:

  • Match winner
  • Correct score
  • Match Result and Total Goals Over/ Under
  • Both teams to score
  • Total bookings

SPL Betting

The Scottish Premier League is the nation's highest division and as with any footballing hot-bed, the top flight commands the most attention. The format up in Scotland differs slightly from it's counterpart south of the border in the sense that there are only 12 teams in the division. Each side plays another three times then after 33 games the league is split in to a top six and a bottom six. The teams then play a further additional game against the other five teams in that section so that each team plays 38 games over the course of the season. The league is currently sponsored by Ladbrokes, so expect them to have a number of promotions throughout the campaign.

As well as on the individual matches, you can also use your free bet on:

  • Outright winner
  • Who will be relegated
  • Top scorer

Celtic have been the dominant force in Scottish football in recent years, to such an extent that they start seasons odds-on to win the league. There had been a Real Madrid-Barcelona tussle for supremacy in Scotland for many a year until off-field issues saw Rangers forced in to liquidation and were forced to re-enter the Scottish Football League in its lowest division. In the absence of their bitter rivals, Celtic have cleaned up in the league winning six titles in succession. Rangers have won three promotions in four years to regain their top flight status but they still have some way to go to get back to Celtic's level. Aberdeen have finished as runners-up for the last three years but have never really threatened to win the league. Not since the 1984-85 season under Sir Alex Ferguson have the Dons been crowned Scottish champions, with each of the 32 titles since being won by one of the Old Firm.

That perhaps gives some kind of indicator as to just how much a hold Celtic and Rangers hold over Scottish football. Rangers lead the way with the most titles on 54 but Celtic are now on 48 and it really does say it all when Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibernian are all next on the list tied on just four. The rivalry between the two Old Firm sides runs much deeper than merely just on-pitch rivalries. A mixture of political and religious issues have made for a potent cocktail in this rivalry to such an extent it's considered amongst World football's most bitter feuds. Most of the bookmakers are keen to cash in on the big event so a number of enhanced odds and promotions will be available when the two sides do go head-to-head.

As with most competitions,  the top scorer market is the other ante-post option that garners a lot of interest alongside the outright winner and relegation market. Given Celtic's dominance in recent seasons, picking one of the Bhoys strikers is usually a good option with Moussa Dembele, Leigh Griffiths and Scott Sinclair all amongst the league's top scorers in the 2016-17 season. However it's not always as simple as going for Celtic's leading marksmen as in 2016-17 it was Ross County's Liam Boyce who topped the scoring charts with 23 goals. Aberdeen's Adam Rooney was another exception in the 2014-15 season as was Michael Higdon for Motherwell in 2012-13. 

Betting on the Scottish Cups 

The two domestic cup competitions also provide a healthy amount of fixtures over the course of the Scottish football season. The Scottish Cup is the Scots version of the FA Cup and like it's English counterpart, features sides right across the spectrum: from non-league nobodies in the Highlands to the glamour of the Old Firm sides. The winner's receive the oldest association football trophy in the World with the prize first given to tournament winner's Queens Park in way back in 1874. The betting theme is clearly on display in the competition with William Hill the official sponsors.

The Scottish League Cup is again a near carbon-copy of its English equivalent in the sense that each of the league clubs take part. A difference from the English competition is that it starts as early and there are group stages. These commence in July and provide an additional betting market in that you can bet on the winners of each group. With action beginning in July, the final is held much earlier than most other major European competitions taking place in November!

 

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