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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 May, 2005, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
Rags to riches
Rangers players celebrate title win
Premiership: Chelsea 10/11
Champ'ship: Sunderland 15/2
League One: Luton 6/4
League Two: Yeovil 4/1
Scottish Prem: Rangers 3/1
Scottish One: Falkirk 1/2
Scottish Two: Brechin 15/8
Scottish Three: Gretna 2/7

A dustman has cleaned up nearly 90,000, thanks to a 20 football bet.

The moment was made even sweeter for Rangers fan Rob Rice, because it was Celtic's mistake that guaranteed the windfall.

Rice, 39, of Blackburn placed the accumulator back in November, predicting the winners of all seven leagues in England and Scotland at odds of 4,499-1.

He had already seen six of the seven come home and was banking on Rangers clinching the SPL title at the expense of their Old Firm rivals last Sunday to be quids in.

With two minutes to go, Celtic were ahead against Motherwell and Rice was resigned to losing everything, including his stake.

Then Well scored two quick goals, Rangers held on to a one-goal lead at Hibernian and suddenly it was party time.

Rice insisted: "I'd have been delighted for Rangers on Sunday even if I hadn't made a penny.

"I would still have been jumping for joy at Rangers winning the league, but perhaps not quite as much!

"I watched the Celtic game on TV and thought my bet was down the pan. When Scott McDonald's overhead kick went in the back of the net for Motherwell, I screamed.

"I thought I had lost the lot, so it was the perfect day."

Rob won't be giving up his day job

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: "With 88 minutes on the clock it looked bad, but then the miracle struck with Motherwell scoring two goal in two minutes - sinking both Celtic's title hopes and our bank balance.

"Rob's win is the biggest football return from small stakes this year.

"Unfortunately, he will have to wait until Thursday to be paid out as Nat West do not have that much cash in the Blackburn branch!"

Rice, who works for himself cleaning wheelie bins, has vowed to carry on working, despite the huge win which totalled 89,974.43.

And who can blame him? He's obviously familiar with the old saying where there's muck there's brass.

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