After a summer of high drama off the pitch, Scottish Premiership sides can finally get back to normality on it this weekend as the 2020/21 season kicks off on Saturday.
Here’s our look at what the latest Scottish Premiership betting is saying…
Scottish Premiership Winner Odds
While the league experienced plenty of turmoil as the 2019/20 season ended in unusual circumstances and bitter infighting, some things haven’t changed.
Celtic will start a new season as defending champions for yet another campaign, with Old Firm rivals Rangers hoping this is finally the year the power shifts in Glasgow.
The defending champions still look a cut above the rest in terms of existing personnel, but Neil Lennon has cut a frustrated figure in the transfer market so far with goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas their only major acquisition. While he’s finally found his new No. 1, Lennon will surely be keen to secure some more firepower upfront given the uncertainty around Odsonne Édouard’s future, and a much-touted move for Albian Ajeti still yet to materialise.
Both of Scotland’s big two have some transfer worries to contend with as the season takes shape. While Celtic sweat on the future of Édouard, Rangers’ star man Alfredo Morelos could be primed for a move south of the border, with several Premier League sides rumoured to be circling. If one of the Old Firm rivals were to lose their talisman that could be the differential that shakes up this year’s title race – or kills it stone dead.
Steven Gerrard will need to get off to a flying start to quell some of the doubters at Ibrox after a promising start to last season ultimately fizzled out. The Gers fell a hefty 13 points adrift of their bitter rivals at the season’s curtailment. Gerrard looks to have made some astute signings in the off-season, tightening things up by adding seasoned campaigner Leon Balogun in central defence and Jon McLaughlin a safe pair of hands in goal.
Scottish Premiership (Without Old Firm)
Aberdeen once again start off as favourites to be best of the rest, but Derek McInnes has been handed a major blow on the eve of the season with the news leading marksman Sam Cosgrave will miss the first three months of the season.
That could hand Hibernian the chance to keep the pace with the Old Firm as they adjust to life without a top-flight Edinburgh derby to look forward to. They look to have the right balance to improve once again under Jack Ross, as he pushes for a top six finish in his first full season at the helm.
Last season’s surprise third place finishers Motherwell also shouldn’t be discounted, with Stephen Robinson making some intriguing additions in bringing Callum Lang on loan from Wigan and Jake Hastie from Rangers.
Scottish Premiership Relegation
At the other end of the table, newboys Dundee Utd will be hoping Micky Mellon can maintain the side’s momentum as he takes up his first managerial stint in his native Scotland.
They start life back in the Scottish Premiership against another new side under new management in St Johnstone, as former Scotland international Callum Davidson takes up his first full time post.
Both sides should have enough to keep above the relegation fray, with St Mirren, Hamilton and Ross County all once again likely to be facing a season-long fight for survival.
Scottish Cup Winner Odds
You could be forgiven for being confused when it comes to the latest Scottish Cup betting.
As clubs head into the 2020/21 season, we’re still waiting to crown the 2019/20 winners.
When everything stopped indefinitely last spring, the competition was heading towards the semi-final stages.
Those semi-finals will now be played later this autumn, with Hearts set to take on City rivals Hib in an Edinburgh derby on 31st October 2020, and Celtic facing Aberdeen the following day.
Should those ties both go ahead as scheduled, the rescheduled final will be played on 20th December 2020. Celtic fans could be in for some Christmas cheer, with the Bhoys heavy favourites to be named Scottish Cup winners at 4/9 with Marathonbet.
SPL Top Scorer Betting and Odds – Main Contenders
Odsonne Édouard – provided his head isn’t turned this summer, it’s hard to look past Celtic’s 22-goal marskman from 2019/20 topping the charts again.
Jermaine Defoe – there’s still plenty of life left in the old stager, with the 37-year old grabbing 13 league goals last season. If Alfredo Morelos moves on to pastures new, Steven Gerrard may need to lean heavily on his free-scoring veteran.
Christian Doidge – could the Hibees hitman top the charts? He looks to be enjoying life in Leith, scoring 12 times in 2019/20.
Patryk Klimala – a wildcard, but if the 21-year-old gets more game time for the title holders, he could be Celtic’s new secret weapon.
Lawrence Shankland – 28 goals in 33 goals last season suggests the Dundee Utd man will have bags of confidence as he hits the top flight.