Rangers ended Celtic’s dominance of the Scottish Premiership in style last season and ahead of the big kick-off this weekend we’ve taken a look at the outright odds ahead of the new campaign.
The two Glasgow giants have dominated the top flight in Scotland for over 30 years and as Aberdeen were the last team to deny one of those two teams the title way back in 1984/85 we’ve opted against a dark horse option in this market, instead focusing on the winner without Rangers and Celtic for our outside tip.
Scottish Premiership 2021/22 winners prediction
Rangers at 1/2
This may not be the most adventurous of selections, but given their dominance last season it is hard to look beyond Rangers for the Scottish title.
The Ibrox club navigated the Premiership campaign with an unbeaten record last season, winning 32 of their 38 games and drawing the other six, to finish on 92 points – 25 points clear of Celtic in second place.
Rangers have largely managed to keep their squad intact, albeit with a few weeks of the transfer window still remaining, and have made some good signings themselves with John Lundstram’s arrival on a free from Sheffield United particularly eye-catching.
Celtic will, of course, be their closest rivals and we may see an improved effort from the Parkhead club this term. However, it could take new boss Ange Postecoglou time to settle in his new surrounding and that is a key issue. If Celtic are to make a serious bid for the title this season there will be no room for any slip-ups and although we may see a tighter fight this season we’re still expecting Rangers to secure the title.
Scottish Premiership 2021/22 without Rangers and Celtic winners prediction
Hibernian at 7/4
Hibs finished best of the rest last term and may be able to grab another top three place this year. Aberdeen are the favourites in this market at 11/8, but Hibs ended the previous campaign with 63 points – seven more than the Dons – and look primed for another strong season.
In Jack Ross the Edinburgh outfit have an excellent boss and they were unlucky not to secure some silverware last season after losing the Scottish Cup final. The Cups, as the only realistic chance of a trophy, are likely to be a priority for the Easter Road club but the same could be said for Aberdeen so that isn’t necessarily a negative in terms of backing Hibs in the winner without market.
Ross has largely managed to keep his squad together, although the exit of first choice keeper Orif Marciano to Feyenoord as a free agent is a concern, and the arrival of Jamie Murphy from Rangers looks a good bit of business.
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