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It’s All To Play For In The Scottish Premiership And I Love it!

Date: 10th December 2019

The Scottish League Cup may have been decided this past weekend, and congrats to Celtic on their latest triumph, but there’s everything to play for in the Scottish Premiership

At the top, Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic are vying for top spot. Current champions Celtic command a two point lead. Steven Gerrard has built a stronger squad at Ibrox but they still need to show that they have the appetite to topple The Hoops when it really matters. Can they do it this term? Or will Neil Lennon guide his side to their ninth title in a row? 

But the excitement doesn’t end there. 

The race for third place is hotting up.

Aberdeen managed to return to that spot in recent weeks but they’ve since slipped up and Motherwell have recorded three straight wins and are now lying in third. 

It was Kilmarnock who ended last term as the third placed team and after a difficult start to the Angelo Alessio era, Killie are now back in the race. They are in fifth spot and eight points behind The Well. 

At the start of every campaign, most of the teams will look at a top six finish as being a success for the year. 

Hibs currently occupy sixth place. They too had a disappointing start to the season but after sacking Paul Heckingbottom in early November, The Hibbees have seen an upturn in fortunes with Jack Ross taking charge at Easter Road. The new boss has watched on as summer signing Christian Doidge has started to score regularly, he’s bagged seven goals in his last six outings. 

Livingston and Ross County will be hoping that they can get enough victories to get them into the top six. They’re currently four and five points behind Hibs. Both have been very impressive in some games but they’ve also struggled to find the consistency needed to keep themselves in the top half of the table. Livi striker Lyndon Dykes has been particularly impressive and his form has led to speculation that he could receive a Scotland call-up if he changes his international allegiance. Livingston and Ross County will be hoping to look ahead for the remainder of the campaign but they’ll know that a few losses in a row could see them enter a relegation dogfight. 

Speaking of which, I think the Premiership’s current bottom four clubs are still the ones at most threat of a long relegation battle. 

Only two points currently split twelfth placed St Johnstone and ninth placed St Mirren. You’ve then got Hearts and Hamilton Accies in between the two. 

Hearts have just brought in Daniel Stendel as their new head coach. The German will hope to bring with him a bounce that will lead to more wins and get them up the table. They should have a strong enough squad to get out of trouble, but we’ve said that in the past about teams that have eventually went down! 

Bottom placed St Johnstone seem to be doing the right thing and sticking with an experienced coach. Tommy Wright has perviously guided the Perth Saints to European adventures and he’ll hope that he can regalvanize his players over this festive period and get them away from their current troubles. They too have a real trouble with consistency, they’ve not been able to build on any decent performances so far this season. 

St Mirren still seem to be a work in progress under new gaffer Jim Goodwin. They seem to have a knack of getting important points when playing against teams in and around them in the league. Their recent 1-0 away win over The Accies is a very recent example of this. 

That loss will have hurt Hamilton and they’ll hope to get a more positive result when they travel up to Aberdeen this weekend. The Lanarkshire club haven’t won in their last ten games and that isn’t a trend that  they’ll want to see continued for much longer. 

It’s huge for our top flight that so much hasn’t been decided by Christmas. When you look down south, Liverpool already have a huge lead in the Premier League. Some leagues in the continent have clubs adrift at the bottom of their table. Yet all our meaningful positions still have plenty of teams fighting for them. 

Let’s hope it all comes down to the wire in May! 

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