Paddy Power Pay Out On Celtic Winning League With 244 Days Of Season Left
Steven Gerrard's Rangers side could only scrape a point against Aberdeen at the weekend after a last minute strike from Bruce Anderson ruined their opening day celebrations.
Old Firm rivals Celtic, on the other hand, breezed past Livingston after goals from Rogic, Edouard and Ntcham sealed three easy points.
It might just be the first game of the season, but it already looks Brendan Rodgers' side will be contenders for the Scottish Premier League title and bookies Paddy Power are so confident that they have paid out on Celtic to win the league with 244 days left of the season.
Rangers drew their opening league game under Steven Gerrard.- Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 6, 2018
We've seen enough, so feck it - we have PAID OUT on Celtic winning the Scottish Premier League!
That's right. The Irish bookmaker have said "feck it" after the first game and paid out. You've got to appreciate the confidence, here.
A spokesman for the bookmaker said: "One game into the Scottish league season and Steven Gerrard has already slipped up.
"On the face of it, a draw with Aberdeen isn't a bad result, and we're sure Stevie G will emphasise the positives of that display, but we do also think the title race is done.
"It's only one game into the season, but Celtic's lead already looks unassailable."
We have paid out on Celtic as champions of Scotland, just one game into the 2018/19 campaign. See why here: https://t.co/RdEcfEeT9B- Paddy Power (@paddypower) August 6, 2018
Celtic 3-1 livingston ... New season, fresh start... a great win to make everyone happy for the week end:muscle::four_leaf_clover::four_leaf_clover::four_leaf_clover: #celtic #CELLIV #SPFL pic.twitter.com/cWQ2Ck5LgN- Olivier Ntcham (@OlivierNtcham) August 4, 2018
In the meantime, Steven Gerrard has given a brilliant response when asked if Rangers can finally beat their dominant rivals Celtic to the Scottish league title.
"It's a difficult question to answer as it's a long season and this is just the start," he said to the Telegraph.
"We made a lot of changes for a reason - we felt the squad needed that amount of surgery to help it compete.
"We don't want to put any targets or added pressure on us than is already on us at the moment. All I've said to [the players] is just to focus on each game at a time.
I'm not entirely convinced you'll win the league over Celtic, this year, Stevie.