BOOKIES are taking odds on Leigh Griffiths, Moussa Dembele and Co shooting down legendary Celts such as Joe McBride and Stevie Chalmers.
The Hoops icons were part of Jock Stein’s unstoppable side that ran amok in season 1966/67 and won every trophy, including the European Cup.
McBride had racked up an astonishing 36 goals in all competitions before the turn of the year. He aggravated a knee problem in the 1-1 draw with Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Christmas Eve 1966 and didn’t play again in the historic campaign.
Chalmers, who netted the winner in the 2-1 triumph over Inter Milan in Lisbon as Stein’s side became the first British club to conquer Europe, claimed 23 strikes as Celtic retained their title while lashing 111 goals into their opponents’ nets during the 34-game league campaign.
However, turf accountants are offering odds as short as 5/1 that Brendan Rodgers’ team can outscore the Lisbon Lions on the 50th anniversary of the club’s memorable success.
After their 2-1 victory over Hearts at Tynecastle, the Glasgow giants only have 109 goals to find in their next 37 Premiership outings to equal that feat.
Martin O’Neill’s team hit 105 in 2003-04 and, a decade later, Neil Lennon’s men claimed 102.
In the two years during Ronny Deila’s reign, the Hoops missed out on being ton-up Bhoys – netting 84 in his first season and 93 last term.
One bookie said: “Even with the new strikers in place, we think it will be quite an ask for Celtic to get past 111 league goals, so we are offering odds of 5/1 against them pulling it off.”