Archive | August, 2018

Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership Predictions 2018-19

5 Aug

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Well in what is now becoming a tradition? Once again it’s prediction time. With the skin of a hippopotamus and the bravery of a Lion I will once again stick my neck out like a Giraffe and try not to make a pig’s ear out of it. (Editor Note no more Safari Animal References Please).

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Rangers

Rangers

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Celtic

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Hibs

Hibernian

4

Aberdeen

Aberdeen

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Killie

Kilmarnock

6

HMFC

Heart Of Midlothian

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mwell

Motherwell

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St J

Saint Johnstone

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Dundee

Dundee

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accies

Hamilton Academicals

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STM

Saint Mirren

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Livingston

First of all Rangers sleeping giant with its troubles not to seek. From the Mexican Experiment of Pedro Caixinha moving glasses about a table to Jimmy Nichol looking after last games, including an honourable mention to Graeme Murty. It has to be said with all that on the touchline and off the field Legal Cases the writers of Hollyoaks must have been wondering who was writing the script and the Cast must have wondered how they didn’t get an audition for a part. Throw in a the mass Google of “concomitant” and safe to say the Ealing Farce fulfilled all of Lord Reith’s values to Educate, Inform and Entertain. Steven Gerrard has been given some funds to spend, investing wisely as well as releasing some of the lesser performing inheritance he got on his first day. Goldstone and Katic look solid with Croatian Katic looking a decent goal threat at set prices and Corners. Allan McGregor brings a solidity and trust between the sticks. Ryan Jack looks like he is spending every waking moment picking his Gaffers Brains. A little shy on the Striker with Morelos seemingly continuing his wasteful efforts in front of goal. The Ibrox faithful demand success and will not accept the sloppy loss of valuable points like last season. This time for Dave King and Rangers it has to work.

Celtic. Brendan Rodgers has had a quiet summer don’t be fooled by Back to Back Trebles it was a slog last season with records broken yet domestic defeat creeping into Celtics games. Domestic Football immediately after Big European Games being a particular sore spot for Hoops fans. The minimal action in the transfer market meaning that at time of writing Celtic effectively had the same squad as last year a squad that had not quiet reached the standards of the previous seasons Invintrebles. It will be incredible to see if Brendan Rodgers methods that failed at Liverpool will be beaten by Steven Gerrard’s instinctive Anfield boot room methods. Will Celtic concentrate again on Champions League trusting no one domestically can touch them or will this confidence be shaken by Rangers? They say winning is a good habit and it is but losing is not something domestically Celtic have been used to and whatever way you slice it the hoops will lose more points this season than last three seasons.

Hibernian. Hat tip to the Leith side. Neil Lennon has got the Huber’s playing some scintillating football. Keeping a hold of John McGinn is important and firming up their defence would be great moves for the Easter Road Squad. Free Scoring and questionable in defence makes Easter Road the place to go for Goals. But this type of play backfires as much as it works running the risk of losing five goals and scoring three. Never the less I predict Hibs in third.

Aberdeen. It’s strange but last season’s second placed team seemed to be there by default as much as effort. In the run in while Celtic cantered and Rangers faltered the Dons seemed to run away from grasping the nettle. Very much a transition season with Key players leaving Derek McInnes seemed to be developing a new game plan. Niall McGinn returning mid-season is a boon and eighteen year old Lewis Ferguson is showing signs of brilliance but he is only eighteen and can hardly be relied upon over the course of a season. Kenny McLean left for Norwich reportedly quadrupling his wages and in a strange move talisman striker Adam Rooney was sold to Salford City no doubt both will do well in England. Aberdeen need a defined Striker Stevie May is not it. Goals from Midfield won’t be enough. With strict budgeting restraints and a new stadia complex being built the question is can Aberdeen keep hold of second place, Players and indeed their manager. Last year’s approach by Rangers for McInnes was Keystone Cops stuff all round. The board saying No to Rangers then giving McInnes and Docherty two days off to think about an offer that the board had rejected. That does not imply clear thinking in the wood panelled Pittodrie Board Room. As a note George Yule leaving the Board due to Health reasons is a massive blow to Aberdeen he was The Dons Mr Fixit an energetic operator who would be missed by any Club.

Kilmarnock. Steve Clarke quietly revolutionised Rugby Park. Turning Killie from mid table to shock troops. His tactical organisation made Kilmarnock more than the sum of its parts. Difficult to beat and free Scoring. The issue is with few new parts and the organisation tactic becoming predictable then Shock and Awe will be replaced by knowing Steve Clarke’s hand. They are few Aces available to Clarke so fifth place it is.

Heart of Midlothian. A wonderful Tale tags to riches the last few years with Hero’s and Villains. The problem with Hearts is you are never sure what team will come out like their Manager Craig Levin will you get mean and Moody Tyncastle or will you get smiley happy Gorgie. Some great youths mixed with experienced Pros exciting to watch and after an unregistered player incident and last year’s attempts to intimidate Scott Brown it will be interesting to see if Hearts can make the grade. I think they sneak barely into sixth.

Motherwell. Workmanlike, Robust Hard to play against and Harder to Beat. All terms used by fallen Managers about Stephen Robinson’s Well. The team that effectively Ended Pedro Caixinha’s term at Ibrox in a League Cup Semi Final was also subject to extreme scrutiny regards tactics. I do not think Scottish Referees will so understand this term and the absence of Louis Moult will consign Well into bottom 6. Some fine players at Fir Park but just not enough quality for top six and given their bad boy reputation I think seventh is about right.

Saint Johnstone. It’s very difficult to see the Perth Saints improving after last year’s fall out of top six. It’s a lot easier to see them stagnating mid table. So I took the path of least resistance. A small squad and really at times towards last season a tired looking Manage devoid of the ideas that brought European Football to Perth. It’s really difficult to see MacDiarmid Park ushering in the good times again. Too Many maybe men and maybe performances to think anything other than bottom six.

Dundee. Neil McCann has energised invigorated berated and at least tried to introduce consistency of performance into the Dens side. Satisfied Dundee are better than their City Rivals and with a miniscule Budget then Survival and bottom six suits most Dark Blues. Always able to provide a shock but never seemingly able to go on a run of victories a comfortable ninth seems a good season for Dundee.

Hamilton. Secure and organised Marin Canning has secured Accies future with sale of Lewis Ferguson. Will continue to survive in Premiership and hopefully develop another sale to secure next season. It’s the Accies way they make no bones about it and they on the whole are very good at it. Billy Reid started it and only when the stars go against them and they lose two prospects in a close season do they seem to struggle. Always hovering with disaster but staying up just in ninth.

Saint Mirren. Jack Ross their talisman Manager heading south and installing Alan Stubbs an untried manager at this level. Losing numerous of their best players and seemingly trying to copy Accies in the selling stakes. Fan ownership or not the departures from Paisley with untried Manager seems to put the writing on the wall. With just enough Quality as a hangover from last season’s Championship Victory the playoffs and roulette for Saint Mirren.

Livingston. Another promoted side this time despatching Partick to Championship. Again Untried Manager with meagre resources and not that much quality to start with. It difficult to imagine Kenny Millers first Managerial Job not ending in automatic relegation. The income will secure the club with Central Belt fans enjoying the short trip to away visits. That will bode well for the Club in its quest to financial security but sadly a quick return to the Championship with a nice Bank Balance.

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