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Scottish Premiership weekend preview: Glasgow rivals unlikely to come unstuck

Celtic face an away trip to St Johnstone on Sunday looking to hold or possibly extend their nine-point gap to Glasgow rivals Rangers at the top of the table.

Ange Postecoglou's men continued their domination of the 2022-23 Scottish Premiership season with another convincing win on Wednesday evening. 

Goals from Greg Taylor, Daizen Maeda and Kyogo Furuhashi saw them overcome Livingston 3-0 at Parkhead.

The Hoops have been dominant this season, dropping only five points from 24 games, and Rangers will be desperately hoping St Johnstone can do them a favour.

The Gers' weekend tester comes at Ibrox where they will face Ross County. This comes a few days after they won impressively 3-0 at third-placed Hearts on Wednesday.

Celtic are still the overwhelming favourite to seal back-to-back titles and are priced at 1/33 to do so while Rangers are outsiders at 14/1

Celtic looking unstoppable right now

WhatSt Johnstone v Celtic
WhereMcDiarmid Park, Perth
When12.00, Sunday 5th February
How to watchSky Sports Football
OddsSt Johnstone 12/1, Draw 11/2, Celtic 2/9

This season has been as easy as pie for Celtic and they are well on course to win the league title once more under Postecoglou, the Bhoys boss that has overseen some utterly sensational football at times.

Another straightforward win came on Wednesday with three unanswered goals against Livingston and the gap to Rangers continues to look unassailable.

Kyogo, 5/2 to score first against St Johnstone, continued his excellent goalscoring form with the third goal, which was his tenth in ten games. 

Maeda scored his eighth of the season as he continues to play an important supporting role while roving full-back Taylor bagged his third of the campaign. 

Celtic haven't just excelled going forward - they have also been super watertight defensively, particularly since their 2-2 draw at Rangers on 2nd January. Since then, they haven't conceded in six games across all competitions.

Therefore, it might be a frightening prospect for St Johnstone despite the fact they do have the home advantage. 

On Wednesday, they grabbed a much-needed win away at Motherwell which ended a run of six straight defeats - one which commenced with a 4-1 thumping at Celtic on Christmas Eve.

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Rangers going nicely under Beale

WhatRangers v Ross County
WhereIbrox Stadium, Glasgow
When15.00, Saturday 4th February
How to watchN/A
OddsRangers 1/7, draw 9/1, Ross County 10/1

Michael Beale's return to Rangers has proven to be something of a masterstroke so far and, although the title looks to be nearly out of reach, Gers fans can certainly look positively to the future.

Giovani van Bronckhorst was let go during the World Cup break following a run of only two wins in five league games and Beale - who served as one of Steven Gerrard's first-team coaches during his spell in charge - was prised away from QPR.

So far, they have performed excellently under the Englishman, winning ten of the 11 games Beale has taken charge of. Only Celtic have prevented the 100 per-cent record and that was down to a very late goal from Kyogo in the New Year's stalemate in Govan.

Like Postecoglou, Beale likes to play front-foot, attack-minded football and that has been evident in the number of goals scored. Rangers have scored 25 times in 11 games and they are 3/1 to win by a two-goal margin. 

Ross County narrowly avoided the drop last season and another campaign of struggle has befallen Malky Mackay's Dingwall-based side.

They have won only one of their last nine in the league but are unbeaten in three. However, they have never beaten Rangers and another afternoon of struggle may be on the cards.

Hearts the best of the rest

WhatHearts v Dundee United
WhereTynecastle, Edinburgh
When15.00, Saturday 4th February, 15:00
How to watchN/A
OddsHearts 7/10, Draw 11/4, Dundee United 17/4

Hearts are hoping to finish the season in third for the second year in a row and are still in with a very good chance despite winning only two of their last five games.

Robbie Neilson's men have without question been the third-best team in the league this season. They have scored the most number of goals in the league minus the Old Firm duo but were swept aside by Rangers in midweek.

Their next challenge will come in the form of bottom side Dundee United who are desperately trying to scramble away from the foot of the table and preserve their top-flight status.

Liam Fox's side did look like they were improving following the conclusion of the World Cup but they are now four games without a win in the league and in deep trouble if they don't arrest that slide against a Jambos side 7/10 to return to winning ways here. 

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