It has been 38 years since a club other than Celtic or Rangers won the Scottish top flight, and it’s unlikely that will change in the upcoming season. It’ll be another tussle at the top but who will come out on top?
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Who is in the box seat to win the Scottish Premiership?
Celtic emerged victorious in the race for the Scottish Premiership last season, finishing four points ahead of their biggest rivals, Rangers.
The arrival of Ange Postecoglou at Celtic Park proved to be the spark the side needed to regain the title but Gio van Bronckhorst will be more determined than ever to bring the championship back to Ibrox after their heartbreaking defeat in the Europa League final in May.
The fixtures for the 2022/23 season have been released with Celtic starting their title defence at home to Aberdeen and Rangers opening their account away to Livingston. The majority of eyes fell on the much anticipated Glasgow derbies though, with the first occurring on the 3rd September at Celtic Park before Ibrox plays host to the biggest game in Scotland on January 2nd.
It remains to be seen who will claim the title but another exciting race should be anticipated between the two Glasgow giants as the Scottish Premiership opening days draws nearer.
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How do the schedules look?
Celtic begin their title defence with a tricky home tie against Aberdeen before some more favourable games against Ross County, Kilmarnock and Dundee United. The first Old Firm derby of the season follows with Celtic having home advantage for the first big clash of the season on September 3rd.
Celtic’s next big test comes in mid-October when Celtic host Hibs before travelling to Hearts, with both clubs looking to have their say in where the title ends up this season. The last game for the side before the mid-season break for the World Cup is at home to Ross County.
January 2nd marks the date of the next big derby match with Rangers and Celtic’s last game before the league splits is against Motherwell, where the Bhoys will be hoping to gain a big advantage heading into the final part of the season.
It’s an away trip to Livingston for Gio van Bronckhorst’s men on the opening day of the season before two home games against Kilmarnock and St Johnstone for the Gers.
The big derby match against Celtic quickly follows and then two more tricky away games are in line for the blue side of Glasgow when they travel to Aberdeen and Hearts. The Christmas period looks favourable towards Rangers with games against Hibernian (H), Ross County (A) and Motherwell (H) all lined up.
The new year sees the second Old Firm Derby of the season with the third not dropping into the fixture calendar until 8th April. The final game for the side before the fixture split comes away to Aberdeen, a tough trip for Rangers before the top six compete for glory.
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Scottish Premiership outright odds: Other markets
At the time of writing, there aren’t any other markets available in the Scottish Premiership but as the new season approaches there will be plenty of choice. One potential market is the top scorer market where the likes of Alfredo Morelo and Kyogo Furuhashi are both likely to feature heavily. Some other markets to look at could be the double market, with Celtic likely to be favourites to win both the Premiership and the Scottish Cup, as well as the relegation market where the likes of St Mirren and Kilmarnock will hoping to avoid the drop.