With the SPFL season underway, Sam Marsh previews the new season.
Aberdeen: Form- L-W Aberdeen opened their league season with a defeat to Dundee United and followed that up with a win against Kilmarnock. Aberdeen should improve later in the season and should end the season stong. Prediction: 2nd.
Celtic: Form- W-W Celtic have by far the largest budget so can bring in players for a fee, instead of on a free. So with the players they have and how they opened the season so far, they will win the league easily again, unfortunately. Prediction: 1st.
Dundee: Form- D-D-D Paul Hartley has made them hard to beat but the Dee have struggled to find the net to often and have started with 3 draws, if Dundee continue to be hard to beat and win a few games by Christmas then Dundee will be well on track for solid survival, or even top 6, f they can keep their young but very good manager then the sleeping giant of Scottish football might decide to wake up at long last. Prediction: 7th.
Dundee United: Form W-W-L Started well with wins over Aberdeen and Motherwell but got thrashed by Celtic, it could be another season of inconsistency for Jackie McNamara’s side. With the loss of Gauld and Robertson for £3milion each then Dundee are without two key players this year. So they may struggle but they could thrive as new players brought in may turn out to be good, but as I said earlier, it will likely be a season of inconsistency. Prediction: 5th
Hamilton Academical: Form L-W-W Alec Neil has done wonders in getting to the Scottish Premiership by coming from 2-0 behind to beat Hibs at Easter road and earning promotion, and I predict them to do well this year, not out of class from his team, but the lower half of the Scottish Premiership is really poor. Prediction: 8th
Inverness CT: Form W-D-W Yogi Hughes has done a good job since taking over from Terry Butcher and with the start to the season they have had Inverness should be challenging for a European place however I do not see them getting it this year, they do not have the depth in the squad and will fizzle out at the end of the season Prediction: 4th
Kilmarnock: Form D-L-W A mixed start of the season for Killie, and really it should stay this way for the whole season. They do not have that good a side, and will struggle for it. Prediction: 10th.
Motherwell: Form W-L-L Injury hit Motherwell have had a poor start to the season -where have we heard this before- however with the return of Henrik Ojaama on loan, and a few players to return soon from the sick bed then Motherwell’s season should pick up again and will hopefully push for a 2nd place finish, however Aberdeen this year just seem too strong. Prediction: 3rd
Partick Thistle: Form W-D: Thistle have had a decent start to the season after surviving the drop last year, and I suspect they will have another season of survival if they can keep their young players fit. Prediction: 9th
Ross County: Form L-L-L Really bad start for the Staggies, and I don’t think it will get much better, a poor campaign last year will only be made worse this season by the fact Hearts aren’t in the league with their 15 point deduction, and Hibs also are missing from Scotland’s top division for being awful. So unless a miracle occurs Ross County are in trouble. Prediction: 11th (Relegation Play-off)
St Johnstone: Form W-L-L A good side weakened by the loss on Steve May and being unable to bring in new faces because of lack of finance, the Perth Saints on paper should struggle, but they won’t they will so well, a secure top 6 finish but unless they bring in someone who can score often then there will be no European Tour for Saints. Prediction:6th
St Mirren: Form L-L A side full of potential and some decent players, however in a team scenario… woeful! A poor collective team who struggle year after year, and this year I feel their time is up. Against Motherwell they played well, pressed the Steelmen but lacked venom up front, and I can only see this trend continuing, Prediction: 12th (Relegation)