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Celts ready to wear capital crown

Celts ready to wear capital crown

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It is hard to imagine that Brendan Rodgers would have forecast such utter dominance from his new side when they edged out Hearts at Tynecastle in their Scottish Premiership opener in August.

Then, new arrival Scott Sinclair was sprung from the bench to score a late winner in a 2-1 Celtic win. The Hoops have cantered towards their sixth successive Scottish title since, shedding just four points along the way.

Arguments can and will be made regarding the strength of the opposition but it remains an impressive showing from Rodgers in his first domestic campaign, especially when charted against the struggles of Celtic for prolonged stages last season.

Another three points against the Jambos on Sunday will confirm the title for Celtic and it is hard to see past an away win at 2/5.

Hearts go into Sunday’s game having won only one of their last five in the league. With a Scottish Cup exit at the hands of Edinburgh rivals Hibs and questions over the working relationship between manager Ian Cathro and director of football Craig Levein, Hearts are hardly ideally placed to halt Celtic.

Knowing the ultimate domestic prize is there for the taking with three points, Celtic will be hell bent on securing the win. Given Sinclair’s scoring record, he makes appeal at 5/4 to score anytime while the Hoops can round out their title win in style and are priced at 39/4 for a 3-0 win.

Should second-placed Aberdeen lose at Dundee on Friday, the title will already be Celtic’s by the time Sunday comes. The Dons have been in good recent form while Dundee are coming off three straight defeats so it looks worth siding with the Pittodrie outfit at 10/17 to make Celtic wait.

On Saturday, Rangers should have little problem in taking care of free-falling Motherwell at Ibrox. The Light Blues enjoyed a positive start under Pedro Caixinha last time out with four-goal success against Hamilton.

Motherwell have lost of six of their previous seven in the league and have major relegation concerns as a result. Rangers can continue their bright start and are fancied at 5/7 conceding a one-goal handicap.

Having been bottom for some considerable time, Inverness Caley Thistle have climbed away from the foot of the table, albeit on goal difference only.

They host Kilmarnock on Saturday and are 1/1 to achieve what would be a significant step on their road to potential safety.

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Enda McElhinney Our racing expert, Enda studies cards in both England and Ireland on a daily basis and knows all the details you need to know when trying to select a winner. He is also a regular football writer and has strong knowledge of the Scottish game, with golf another specialised sport on his CV.