It leaves the way open for Celtic to land three straightforward SPL titles and you won’t get rich backing Neil Lennon’s team at 1/25 (Coral free bets), with the Old Firm club likely to finish a street clear of the chasing pack.
There was 31 points between Celtic and third-placed Motherwell last season and it’s inconceivable that any club will get anywhere near bridging the gap, although it does plenty of sides the chance to finish runner-up to the Scottish champions.
Betting without Celtic will be more popular than title betting and it is Dundee United who are favourites to improve on last season’s fourth place where they ended up three points behind Motherwell in the standings.
The Terrors will have to cope with a mini exodus this season, with Garry Kenneth, Scott Robertson, Paul Dixon and Danny Swanson all leaving the club although manager Peter Houston believes that the squad’s younger players can step up to the plate and odds of 2/1 (William Hill free £25 bet) are on offer about United.
Hearts will also be supported in this best of the rest market and they can be backed at 5/2 (BetVictor bookmaker), while Motherwell are available at 6/1 and that doesn’t make too much sense considering they finished third behind the Old Firm clubs last term.
Stuart McCall will have his players well-prepared for the campaign ahead and they acquitted themselves pretty well in the Champions League this week when narrowly losing to Panathinaikos.
One other interesting market is the Top Goalscorer betting and Gary Hooper should fill his boots for Glasgow Celtic with the best price 8/11 (bet365) about the former Scunthorpe United man who will surely kick clear if he avoids injury.
Even so, there will be some bigger priced players who get into the frame here and Jon Daly makes appeal at 12/1 (BetVictor) considering he has a strong goals to game record for Dundee United, with Anthony Stokes second favourite but likely to play second fiddle to Hooper.
Handicap betting is also available on the SPL and there are some meaty handicaps afforded by the bookmakers as Celtic go off scratch. Motherwell were 31 points behind Celtic last season and therefore the 9/1 about Well +36 looks interesting, while Kilmarnock might provide a few surprises and could go well with a +47 points start.