Last season saw Celtic blow their chances of winning the Scottish Premier League, although the latest title odds suggest they are favourites this time around.
Celtic were in pole position to win their first title since 2008 following a 0-0 draw with nearest rivals Rangers on April 24th.
The result left Celtic just a point behind Rangers with a game in hand, meaning they only had to win their remaining five fixtures to finish first.
However, disaster struck on May 4th when the Hoops went down 3-2 away to Inverness Caledonian Thistle, allowing Rangers to edge back in front and seal their third title in a row.
Despite this late capitulation, Celtic, at 3/4, have forged ahead of Rangers in the SPL title betting market.
A successful £25 free bet on them to finish first, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £43.75.
According to former captain Tom Boyd, winning last year’s Scottish Cup will certainly help Celtic break Rangers’ recent stranglehold on the SPL and goes some way towards justifying their tag as favourites.
“It’s a lift winning the cup, which some of the players will need for the following season. It will help them realise they can win things,” Boyd told the Daily Record.
“The players were settling down towards the end of the season and played some great football.”
Boyd added that manager Neil Lennon will still need to spend wisely to ensure the squad has sufficient strength in depth to challenge for the title.
The Northern Irishman has the funds for “two or three” key signings to take Celtic back to the summit, club chief executive Peter Lawwell said in an interview with the same publication.
With Rangers’ financial position uncertain and a new manager taking over at the helm, things look good for the men in white and green.
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