Neil Lennon hasn’t had much success at the national stadium since becoming manager at Celtic.
Can he make that right against a side he has already defeated six times in his time as Hoops boss?
With last month’s 1-0 League Cup final defeat by Kilmarnock still fresh in the memory, Celtic’s players will certainly hope to earn a win this time out at Hampden Park.
They are priced at 21/50 to do so and after sealing the SPL title with a huge 6-0 win (also against Killie) last weekend, it is hard to see the Hoops taking anything but a win from Sunday’s semi-final clash with Hearts.
Since Lennon took over, Celtic have played the Jambos eight times, winning six times and losing twice.
Given that the pair have yet to draw a match under the Northern Irishman’s tenure, don’t expect this one to go to extra-time.
A double chance bet on there to be a winner in 90 minutes looks a lumper’s price at 4/25, but if you do expect this one to go the whole 120 minutes then the odds are 3/1.
Five of those six recent Celtic wins were achieved without conceding, so another win to nil, at 11/10, should appeal to punters.
New customers who use their free £25 bet for registering with bwin here would win £52.50 if the Bhoys do end up progressing to the final by defeating Paolo Sergio’s Hearts side to nil.
Of course, Sergio does have the right to fancy an upset. The odds on Hearts to earn the victory are 7/1 and given that they have already beaten Celtic this season, it wouldn’t be the biggest shock.
Lennon lost his first Scottish Cup semi-final to Ross County 2-0 – the same scoreline as Hearts’ two victories over his Hoops outfit.
At odds of 40/1 for a repeat of that scoreline, it could be worth a quid on Hearts to return to the capital 2-0 victors as a real outside play.
Recommended bet: Celtic to win and keep a clean sheet @ 11/10
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