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The Inside View: Scottish Premiership trading insights and tips from Scottish Football experts McBookie

Neil Roarty 17 Feb 2017

Paul Petrie of Scottish bookmaker McBookie.com spoke to Bettingpro.com to give us trading insights and tips on all of the key betting tips on the Scottish Premiership, including the very open Top Goalscorer, Relegation and Next Rangers FC Manager markets.

McBookie.com are the number one firm in the world when it comes to betting on Scottish football. They're the only bookmaker who run Next Manager markets on Scottish football and they offer betting on matches ranging from the Premiership to Highland and Junior Leagues. They are, therefore, the natural people to contact when looking for some inside information regarding the betting in Scotland. We spoke to one of the heads of McBookie, Paul Petrie, to get some expert advice and betting tips for the rest of the season.

Celtic have more or less wrapped up the title, are you facing a big payout?

Thankfully we don’t face any big liabilities on the outright market. It is very unusual for players to tie up money ante-post these days, especially when Celtic were 2/9 at the start of the season. Having said that, it looks the best 2/9 shot there has ever been as they have strolled to the title.
 
Whilst we have no massive liabilities with Celtic winning the league, we certainly do with the specials we have been offering since the start of the season - Celtic to go unbeaten, Celtic to score 100 goals and Celtic to gain over 100 points. Once you add in Celtic to win the treble it doesn't look pretty for us at all. The sooner they can get beat the better we will feel.


Celtic have the title wrapped up but other Scottish markets are more open.

Are there any big multiples that you are starting to worry about?
 
Whilst we don’t have much to worry about from a singles point of view, that isn't the case when it comes to the multiples. Obviously Celtic were favourites for the Premiership, whilst Hibernian were favourites for the Championship. Meanwhile in League One and League Two, it is the second favourites, Livingston and Forfar who look likely title winners. The acca paid just over 40/1 so there will be some lumpy four figure pay outs.
 
Have you seen much money in the betting without Celtic market? Who is being backed?
 
This market continues to be the most competitive with Aberdeen edging favouritism at 5/6 and Rangers 10/11. Aberdeen are our biggest losers. To be fair most Rangers fans wouldn't even have looked at this market at the start of the season as they had their eyes on winning the title. However, the shrewder punters were delighted with quotes of 7/2 on Aberdeen. I am not surprised as that was a very big price
 
Who do you think will finish second?
 
With the problems going on at Ibrox, you would have to fancy Aberdeen to go on and finish second.
 
Dembele and Sinclair are vying for the Golden Boot this season.
The other close market at the top of the table is the Top Goalscorer. Why are Dembele and Sinclair so much shorter than everyone else?
 
Sinclair currently holds a two goal lead over Dembele and both can be backed at 5/4. Liam Boyce sits in between them on 13 goals but you would have to fancy one of the Celtic pair to lift the Golden Boot. They are averaging 2.7 goals per game so you can only imagine the chances they are going to get. Dembele is looking for his third hat-trick on a row on Saturday and that is why my money is on him to end the season as top scorer.
 
And what about the other end of the table, who is going to be relegated?
 
It is very tight at the bottom of the league with just seven points separating sixth and last. That means that if any team can strong together a set of results then they should be safe. The only team that looks unable of that is Inverness CT. New manager, Richie Foran has struggled massively and has already publicly slaughtered his players. That is never a good sign and unless things change dramatically in the next few weeks then they will go down.
 
How will Kilmarnock fare without Lee Clark?
 
I think they will be fine. Clark has left them in sixth position and they look a more solid unit. I was reading that they haven't lost to a bottom six side since August which is remarkable. Lee McCulloch looks like he will step up from being assistant and that will bring much needed continuity
  
Will Alex McLeish bring stability to Ibrox?
What about Rangers? Is it a foregone conclusion that Alex McLeish will be at Ibrox until the end of the season?
 
It certainly looked like McLeish would be the interim manager until the end of the season but the fact it hasn't happened yet might suggest otherwise. And the fact that they are looking at a Director of Football also might slow up the process.
 
If McLeish does come in and leave in the summer then who will replace him? There have been some big names trading at short prices but who have you taken the most money on?
 
With manager markets, you know nothing has happened yet when you take a wide spread of money on a range of candidates. That normally suggests no one has a clue  - including the bookies. They should be going for Tommy Wright from St Johnstone as they need a manager that knows the league inside out. 
 
Finally, what's the best bet from now until the end of the season in Scotland?
 
I am going to take a little punt on Partick Thistle to make the top six. I have been impressed every time I have seen them this season and in Adam Barton have one of the signings of the season. Ideally they would score a few more goals but 5/2 looks a fair price


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The Inside View: Scottish Premiership trading insights and tips from Scottish Football experts McBookie

Paul Petrie of Scottish bookmaker McBookie.com spoke to Bettingpro.com to give us trading insights and tips on all of the key betting tips on the Scottish Premiership, including the very open Top Goalscorer, Relegation and Next Rangers FC Manager markets.

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