So the time has come. Scotland has a 15 hour window to decide their future. And if the money is to be believed, it won’t be much different from the present.
As 2,608 polling stations across 32 local authorities struggle to cope with the sheer number of people having their say, the ‘Yes’ campaign will sorely hope the bookies have got it wrong.
Ladbrokes currently offer 1/5 for a ‘No’ majority, and 7/2 for ‘Yes’ to come out on top, a stark contrast from a week ago when the margin was much closer with the odds at 4/9 and 7/4 respectively.
Whatever result Chief Counting Officer Mary Pitcaithly announces early on Friday morning, the future dynamics of the UK could be vastly different to what we have been used to in recent decades.
The reliance on winning the majority in key cities such as Dundee and Glasgow may be the deciding factor in the race for backing, with defeat for the pro-independence camp in the former likely to leave it very tough to recover from.
With over 97 per cent of the eligible adults in Scotland registered to vote, a bumper turn out is expected, with the odds on over 85 per cent of the electorate casting a vote shortening further into 7/4 (from 15/8.
While for those expecting even more to visit their local polling station, Ladbrokes special on a 90+ per cent turnout, has been trimmed into 7/1.
But as Scotland votes, their best footballing side will have other matters on their mind as they travel to Austria to take on Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League.
And for those who fancy the Bhoys to cause an upset, we have combined a Celtic win with both outcomes in today’s referendum to bring you some competitive special prices.
It’s 7/1 for Ronny Deila’s men to win and Scotland to vote ‘No’, while it’s a whopping 20/1 that the Glasgow side come out on top in what will turn out to be their last season playing under the banner of a British side.
Whether it’s at the polling stations across, Glasgow, Dundee or the Highlands, or in a stadium on the Austria-Germany border, today is set to be a momentous day for Scotland.
All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing
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