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Antepost Scottish Premiership Tips: Revamped Rangers ready to shine

It's all change in the Scottish Premiership this season, with the action getting underway on Saturday 5th August.

Celtic go into the new campaign with Brendan Rodgers back in the dugout after Ange Postecoglou left Parkhead to join Tottenham, and there’s been movement at Rangers too.

Gers stalwarts Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent have left Ibrox and Cyriel Dessers, Sam Lammers and Danilo look set to form a revamped Rangers frontline.

Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibernian will be hoping to challenge for third place, while the rest of the Scottish Premiership will have enthusiasm for a successful season.

Here, the Racing Post's Henry Hardwicke picks out a couple of value outright tips.

Henry Hardwicke's Scottish Premiership Betting Tips

Rangers to win @ 11/10
Aberdeen to win without Celtic & Rangers @ 13/8
St Johnstone to finish bottom @ 7/2

Odds were correct at time of writing and are subject to change.

Setting the scene…..

Champions and this season’s 4/6 favourites Celtic were clearly the standout performers in the Scottish Premiership last term and the treble winners will be hoping for another title-winning campaign.

The Bhoys finished seven points clear of Rangers last season, but there appear to be a few reasons to think that the gap between the Old Firm rivals may close.

Few managers have as big an impact at a club as Postecoglou, in terms of tactics, style of play and player recruitment, and it has to be a worry that the Australian is now managing in the Premier League.

The majority of Celtic’s top performers remain at Parkhead, but the likes of Daizen Maeda, Kyogo Furuhashi, Reo Hatate and Tomoki Iwata were all signed by Postecoglou and it’s difficult not to think that the 57-year-old wasn’t the key to their progression and form.

Star man Jota has left the East End of Glasgow, which looks like a major blow, and rivals Rangers were closing the gap at the end of the last campaign.

The Gers won the final Old Firm game of the season 3-0 at Ibrox and, while the Scottish Premiership was already in the bag for the Bhoys, that was an indication that we may get a tighter title race this term.

WhatScottish Premiership 2023-24
WhenStarts on Saturday 5th August, 2023
How to watchSky Sports
OddsCeltic 4/6, Rangers 11/10, Aberdeen 100/1, Hearts 150/1, Hibernian 200/1

Rangers to win @ 11/10

Mick Beale gets a first full season in charge of Rangers and the former QPR boss has been busy moulding his squad this summer.

Antonio Colak, Ryan Kent, Scott Arfield, Alfredo Morelos, Filip Helander and Allan McGregor have departed Ibrox, and while the losses of Kent and Morelos have been viewed as a blow, that duo had become disappointing performers and a revamp was much needed.

Forwards Cyriel Dessers, Sam Lammers and Danilo have been signed for relatively big transfer fees and the Gers have also upgraded in goal with the addition of keeper Jack Butland.

Abdallah Sima looks an interesting prospect and there should be a lot more to come from Todd Cantwell, who could become a star this season.

There’s certainly plenty to be positive about at Ibrox this term and at 11/10, it could pay to back the Light Blues to wrestle the title away from their Old Firm rivals.

Aberdeen without Celtic & Rangers @ 13/8

Aberdeen finished third behind Celtic and Rangers last season and at 13/8, the Dons look a cracking bet to repeat the trick.

The Granite City side had a disastrous mid-season spell under former boss Jim Goodwin, but that was quickly erased when the excellent Barry Robson took charge.

Aberdeen won nine of their 15 SPL games under Robson’s leadership and that included excellent victories over Rangers and Hearts.

Lethal forwards Duk and Bojan Miovski, who combined for 32 Scottish Premiership goals last season, have stayed at Pittodrie, and impressive loan performers Leighton Clarkson and Graeme Shinnie have joined on permanent deals.

Slovenian striker Ester Sokler boosts the Dons’ forward line further and Aberdeen look to hold the edge over third-place rivals Hearts and Hibs.

St Johnstone to finish bottom @ 7/2

Dundee are the 9/4 favourites to finish bottom of the Scottish Premiership, but at 7/2 St Johnstone look a far better bet.

The Saints won only five of their final 21 Scottish top-flight matches last season and there has been little or no improvement to a small and aged squad.

Steven MacLean’s men had a torrid time in the Scottish League Cup group stage, losing to lower league Stenhousemuir and Stirling, and that doesn’t inspire confidence for a successful league campaign.

Henry Hardwicke's Scottish Premiership Betting Tips

Rangers to win @ 11/10
Aberdeen to win without Celtic & Rangers @ 13/8
St Johnstone to finish bottom @ 7/2

Odds were correct at time of writing and are subject to change.

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