Celtic enjoyed a fantastic 2012/13 season, winning The Scottish Premier (SPL) league and Scottish FA Cup, as well as exceeding everyone’s expectations in the Champions League by qualifying from a difficult group stage.
500/1 is the general price for Celtic to lift the Champions League in 2014 but, whilst many of their fans might have a £1 each-way interest, The Bhoys are not in the same league as Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal – let alone Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
However, when it comes to the SPL, Celtic look in a league of their own. Last year they won the SPL by 16 points from runners-up Motherwell; with a further seven points back in third. This doesn’t tell the whole story though as it they scored 25 goals more than the second highest goal scorers and conceded nine goals less than the other best defensive team – a goal difference 41 higher than their nearest pursuers. Bookies aren’t blind though, and 1/40 is the best offer for them to be Champions again.
Next highest in Celtic’s targets is usually the Scottish FA Cup, and a price of even money is a fair reflection of their chances. Victorious in 50% of the last decades Scottish FA Cups, their thirst to add another one to their role of honour may well depend on how far they go in the Champions League.
On all statistics, Celtic don’t look to really focus their efforts on the Scottish League Cup – as only two wins in the last ten years suggests. Priced at 5/4 to lift it in 2014, whilst they are capable of completing the treble of domestic trophies, they look a bit short. Betting on Celtic at these odds wouldn’t leave you with a great return, and unless you can look to the EPL for alternatives, it might be a good idea to look further afield, at the gambling industry as a whole.
There are many alternatives that allow you to both place a bet and enjoy some football fun, with iphone casino sites such as Jackpot City developing games to snap up some of the custom during pre-season, when the betting field is quiet. Celtic fans probably can’t wait for the 2013/14 season to start, but slot games like ‘Game On’ and ‘Shoot’ have been keeping football fans busy during the off-season. If you get bored and fancy having a few pre-season bets then check out William Hill – The best online betting site – and get money on Celtic to win a league and cup double!