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Jambos to cause upset in cup final dress rehearsal? Get Scottish Premiership tips

Leigh Copson 15 May 2019
Celtic & Hearts face each other one week before cup final clash (credit: Jane Barlow/PA Wire/PA Images)

Scottish Premiership predictions for the final weekend of the season on May 18-19. Who will win the Scottish Cup Final dress rehearsal when Celtic host Hearts, and will Steven Gerrard’s first season at in-form Rangers be capped off with a victory? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Dundee v St Mirren (Saturday 12:30 BST)

St Mirren gave their fight for survival another massive shot in the arm with a 2-0 win over Hamilton Academical last weekend, but have they left it too late in their attempts to climb out of the bottom two? Oran Kearney’s side are unbeaten in their last five games, with their sole defeat since the start of April coming against Celtic, and thanks to this good run of form they are now just one point behind Hamilton heading into the final round of fixtures. If they can now better Hamilton’s result on Saturday they will avoid a relegation play-off and secure top-flight football for next season – but can they? Hosts Dundee did manage a 1-0 win at Livingston last time out, but they had lost their previous 10 fixtures and one of those losses came at the hands of St Mirren in late March. In fact, the Buddies have pretty much had rock-bottom Dundee’s number all season long, so I am confident that the visitors can give themselves the best chance of climbing out of the best two by collecting all three points at Dens Park.

Celtic v Hearts (Sunday 15:00 BST)

Celtic may be closing in on an historic ‘treble treble’, but it would be understandable if supporters were feeling a little concerned about the future following last weekend’s Old Firm defeat to Rangers. The Hoops were outplayed at Ibrox once again as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat and although that was a ‘dead rubber’ there is no such thing as a meaningless game when Glasgow’s big two go head-to-head. The Gers have clearly closed the gap between the two clubs and now it is down to how Celtic react with both the appointment of their new manager and their dealings during the summer transfer window. If they retain the services of interim boss Neil Lennon I would be shocked. While their form since Lennon returned has not been dreadful, there have been a string of underwhelming results and even their victories during this time have not exactly been eye-catching. They are getting the job done though and they are the best team in Scottish football, so it remains difficult to go against them. Celtic should beat Hearts in this dress rehearsal for the upcoming Scottish Cup Final, but it will not be a rout. Not one Celtic match has produced in excess of three goals since Lennon agreed to a second stint in charge at Parkhead.

Kilmarnock v Rangers (Sunday 15:00 BST)

Rangers’ season has been a bit of a rollercoaster but following last weekend’s impressive Old Firm win over Celtic they can take some major positives from the campaign – the big one being they did not lose the title on derby results. However, on the flip side the big negative is that they have tripped themselves up at the worst possible moments to deny themselves silverware this season and one of those moments was back in late January when they lost 2-1 to Sunday’s opponents Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. In fact, Killie have been something of a bogey team for Gerrard’s men at times this season. Rangers did romp to a 5-0 victory in a cup replay back in February and did win 3-1 at Rugby Park in the League Cup in August, but in the league they have repeatedly dropped points against Steve Clarke’s men and this fixture has become a little heated due to events over the course of the campaign. The Gers would love nothing more than to put their hosts in their place on Sunday and given the Glasgow giants’ recent form you have to like their chances. The visitors have responded to the March Old Firm defeat with some impressive performances in a run of six straight wins and I believe they will be in ‘seventh heaven’ when the full-time whistle blows. I also expect Jermain Defoe to have set them on their way. The former England striker opened his account with the opener here back in January, and in his last six starts he has scored the opening goal on three occasions. That could become four if he gets the nod ahead of Alfredo Morelos on Sunday. 

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