James McFadden’s late equaliser for Motherwell against St Mirren in the last game before the SPL split denied Celtic the chance to clinch the title in front of their home fans but, on Sunday, they get another chance as they welcome Inverness Caledonian Thistle to Celtic Park requiring just a point to seal a second consecutive championship.
It is slightly ironic that Terry Butcher’s men provide the opposition, given that they were responsible for denying Celtic the title in 2011 when they beat them 3-2 in the Highlands, so Celtic will have revenge, as well as celebrations, on their minds at the weekend.
But Inverness have already beaten Neil Lennon’s men in Glasgow this season, a 1-0 win in November, and so the point they need is certainly not a formality.
The Caley Jags are having the best season in their history and are still hot on the heels of Motherwell in pursuit of a second-placed finish in the table, so the game is crucial for their season too.
Nevertheless, Celtic should still have too much for them on this occasion.
The Hoops have won their last ten consecutive SPL home matches – the last time they lost in Glasgow was that defeat to Inverness in November – and have scored an average of 3.7 goals per game during that run.
They have scored three or more goals in every home game since January 2nd, including victories of 6-2, 5-0, 4-0 and 4-1, and have kept six clean sheets on their own patch since the turn of the year.
For this reason, backing Celtic to win and more than 2.5 goals to be scored in the game, which is available at 19/20, could be a great bet.
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The visitors themselves are unbeaten since February 16th but have averaged less than a goal per game in their last six matches, including firing a blank on three occasions.
With that in mind, backing Celtic to keep a clean sheet at 6/5 might be a great shout, as could odds of 7/5 on the home team winning to nil.
Odds of 25/4 on an Inverness victory, or 7/2 on a draw, might do slightly less business in the 3-way betting market.