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Celtic’s Europa League Campaign Could Gift Rangers a Lifeline

Celtic’s Europa League Campaign Could Gift Rangers a Lifeline

It’s beginning to look like days of old in top flight Scottish football. Rangers look set to mount their first convincing title challenge in eight years as they chase bitter rivals Celtic for the Scottish crown.

Rangers currently sit six points behind leaders Celtic at the top of the Premiership table as both sides are in the process of building momentum for the final games of this season’s Premiership.

Both Rangers and Celtic have won four of their last five fixtures, with Celtic perhaps the most convincing team having scored 11, and are yet to concede in the league in 2019.

Rangers are the only team to defeat Celtic in their last five matches, getting the better of the Hoops in a 1-0 grudge match just before the New Year.

The stats show that the Glasgow sides don’t just top the points table, but have also registered the most goals and conceded the least. Although Celtic’s recent run of form sees them well ahead in terms of clean sheets.

Difference in the health of their squads could be a big factor in how the title race pans out over the coming weeks. Celtic have an injury list that could give boss Brendan Rodgers some headaches.

Another potential factor that could derail Celtic’s current title challenge is their Europa League campaign. The Hoops are currently fighting on all fronts with European action looming large after the winter break.

It’s not a bad time to consider backing Rangers as serious title challengers before the odds start to drop. It’s important to consider and compare the best betting sites for Scottish football before you dive in. You can be sure odds of 5/1 on Rangers to take the title will likely plummet if Celtic falter at any stage.

Celtic and their boss Rodgers have grown comfortable in their domestic dominance, no more so than in the league. The club have won the last seven consecutive Scottish league titles, with Rodgers being able to claim the last two as his own.

Despite these successes there is still an element of discord. Celtic haven’t been able to step out of the relative comfort of their Scottish borders in some time, and a strong Europa League campaign will be next on the list if they are to take the next step.

Rodgers will be well aware that a solid European campaign with Celtic, perhaps even winning the title, will be his best route back to the big time after being chucked from Liverpool back in 2015.

If Celtic progress in the Europa League they’ll no doubt place more weight and importance on their European campaign. It could provide an important opportunity to unbalance Celtic’s consistency and for Rangers to make up space and take the next step in their own title challenge.

Celtic have been drawn against Champions League dropouts Spanish side Valencia. They can certainly be a tricky proposition, having beaten the likes of Manchester United at home back in December.

Celtic fans will be pleased to know their opponents seriously lack consistency, as well as an inability to finish teams off, having drawn an incredible 12 times in the league in 22 games played this season.

It’s true the draw could have been better, but it could’ve also been considerably worse. Celtic aren’t currently favourites to get past Valencia but at 3/1 it’s a decent bet. If you’re backing Celtic to qualify then BetBlazers is the place to compare betting sites for the best deposit bonus on the market as well as free betting tips, betting guides and match previews.

Rangers fans would do well to watch Celtic’s Europa League campaign with special interest in the coming weeks. The added pressure could well give Rangers a lifeline to claim their first league title since 2011.

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