Celtic fans will have been made to choke on their breakfasts after Ally McCoist’s brilliant reaction to the odds available for their Europa League match against Sparta Prague tonight.
Talking on the Breakfast show (talkSPORT, Thursday, 8am), one of the UK’s leading bookies was one discussing the odds for all the Europa games tonight.
Rangers host one of Europe’s greats in Benfica at Ibrox, while Celtic travel to Sparta Prague.
McCoist interrupted when it was said that Sparta Prague had been priced at 2/1 to beat Celtic, with the Hoops at just evens for the win.
“Hang on,” said McCoist. “Didn’t Sparta Prague beat Celtic two weeks ago at Parkhead, at Celtic? And now you’re giving me 2/1 on a home win? That’s generous.”
That caused hilarity in the studio although McCoist quickly added, “I’ve got to say, in my defence, I wouldn’t bet against a Scottish team, it’s not in my make-up.”
McCoist didn’t bat an eyelid when Rangers were priced as heavy favourites to beat Benfica at around evens.
The balance of power has shifted so dramatically and so quickly in Scotland that Celtic fans could be forgiven for wondering what’s happened.
They’ve picked up just one point from a possible nine so far in a disastrous Europa League campaign, sit bottom of Group H and will be all but eliminated if they lose again tonight.
After Sparta Prague beat Celtic 4-1 at Parkhead, McCoist is right to question the odds, especially as Neil Lennon’s side is in terrible form.
It’s definitely a price that lends itself to UK-centric bias and having Sparta double the price to win at home doesn’t make a lot of sense given recent results.
Meanwhile, Rangers face a mouth-watering tie at Ibrox as they welcome Benfica. A win would be a massive step towards Rangers winning their group.
Unbeaten in all competitions and on the back of 8-0 and 4-0 wins in the Premiership, the difference between Gers and Celtic couldn’t be any bigger at the moment.
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