Celtic welcome Cliftonville in the return leg of their Champions League second-round qualifier this evening and we’ve got a great enhanced price on a heavy Bhoys triumph.
Neil Lennon has made little secret of his displeasure that after their stunning run to the last 16 in 2012/13, his charges must negotiate three qualifying rounds in order to reach the group stage this term.
However, the long journey started in the best possible fashion last week as goals from Mikael Lustig, Georgios Samaras and James Forrest gave them a comprehensive 3-0 triumph in Belfast.
And after selecting a number of fringe players in Saturday’s 2-1 friendly triumph over Brenftord, Lennon has vowed to field a strong line-up against the Irish part-timers.
“We are still in pre-season, so I want to get as much football into the senior boys as we can and we will go strong,” he said.
Lennon also confirmed that star striker Gary Hooper – the subject of a recent bid from Championship side QPR – will return from a groin injury.
And with Cliftonville boss Tommy Breslin admitting that his men will purely be looking to keep the score respectable, Hoops fans may be interested in our priceboost on them winning hamdsomely.
Celtic are 3/100 to claim victory in 90 minutes (the draw is 12/1 and Cliftonville are a huge 30/1) but that’s making no one rich, so how about an odds-against shout on the hosts to go one better than last week?
We go 5/4 that Lennon’s men win by four or more goals (13/20 that they fail to) and that price is surely too good to miss, particularly considering that they are 91/100 in our ‘normal’ 0-3 handicap market for the game.
A probable clash with Elfsborg looms large on the horizon but for now, trust Celtic to start pushing through the gears by giving the Irish Premier League champions a sound beating.