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Celebrating All The Scottish League Champions!

Date: 6th May 2019

We now know the champions of Scotland top four tiers. 

It seemed very fitting that a central defender wearing number five would help Celtic clinch their eighth top flight title in a row. 

The Glasgow giants have had a tough few weeks mourning the deaths of legendary Celtic captain Billy McNeill and fellow Lisbon Lion Stevie Chalmers.  Both men will forever be etched into Scottish folklore for their tremendous contributions that helped The Hoops secure the European Cup in 1967. 

The current Celtic side have had a few bumps along the road this term, what with the team failing to qualify for the Champions League and former boss Brendan Rodgers leaving the club midseason. They also lost to Rangers in December, a team that they’ve become accustomed to beat at pretty much every opportunity in recent years. 

But after every disappointment the Hoops squad managed to dust themselves down and go again. That has seen them hold all challengers at arms lengchth in the Premiership, do well in the Europa League and they’re now on one match away from securing a domestic treble treble! 

It has been particularly pleasing to see Celtic having a core of Scottish talent excelling in their first team. 

Callum McGregor, Scott Bain, James Forrest, Kieran Tierney, Ryan Christie and club captain Scott Brown have all been strong performers for the champions this term. 

Ross County will once again be competing in the Premiership next season as they held off challenges from Dundee United, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Ayr United to secure the Championship crown. 

The Highland club will be delighted that they have gone straight back up after just one season in Scotland’s second tier. A big part of their success has been sticking with co-managers Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell. 

Another big plus for The Staggies was the form of striker Billy Mckay. The Northern Irish international managed to bag seventeen goals in twenty-four league appearances. 

No team in the Championship scored more than Ross County nor did a team concede less, and it’s that type of consistency secures you league titles. After the festive period, Ross County were extremely impressive and couldn’t be touched. 

In Scotland’s League One, it was Arbroath that topped the table. 

The Red Lichties have veteran boss Dick Campbell in charge at Gayfield and he has now secured his sixth promotion as a manager in the lower leagues. 

Experienced forwards were pivotal to Arbroath’s success this year with experienced hitman Bobby Linn scoring over twenty league goals and Ryan Wallace leading the way with his eight assists. 

Goalkeeper Darren Jamieson also did his bit between the sticks, keeping ten cleansheets in his thirty-five outings.  

It will be interesting to see how Dick Campbell and his men adapt to Championship life, although it’ll definitely be an exciting ride! 

Former Scotland international Jim McInally managed Peterhead to their League Two triumph this season. 

It was a tough campaign in League Two with Edinburgh City and Clyde putting up stubborn fights to lift the title. 

In the end The Blue Toon’s twenty-four victories in thirty-six games gave them a points tally that couldn’t be matched. 

Loyal captain Rory McAllister just completed his eighth season at Balmoor and he was once again on hand to get the club’s vital goals. 

Despite a slight slump in February, Peterhead managed to regain their composure, regain top spot and end the campaign as top dogs. 

This season shows us that consistency is always the key when it comes to securing league titles.

Celtic, Ross County, Arbroath and Peterhead are all deserved champions and will no doubt hope to keep confidence high over the summer and go again in 2019-20 season!  

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