With the disappearance of Rangers and the Old Firm derby from the SPL, the title of top SPL derby is up for grabs.
This season has seen the arrival for the first time in the SPL of the Highland derby or El Kessecko as it has being branded by the fans. This derby has provided plenty of great goals and entertainment in the league and cup this season.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle took all three points in the first encounter at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium with a record crowd of 6766 attending the game. The first league game was dominated by Inverness but the Scottish cup game was anything but one sided.
The cup game last week saw a three all thriller at Victoria Park or the Global Energy Arena as it has being renamed this season.
The match summed up all that is great about derby games with top quality goals, hard tackles, passionate managers and more drama than an omnibus of Hollyoaks. The Highland derby has certainly made a great first impression in the SPL this season.
Dundee has seen its derby comeback to the SPL for the first time since 2005. Both ties at Tannadice and Dens Park have seen sell out attendances with terrific atmosphere and passion from both sets of fans.
However the one thing that would really benefit this derby is competition. Dundee has struggled to live with their neighbours as they have twice being on the receiving end of a three nil defeat. Maybe the third installment might see Dundee make the step up and give United a real derby game.
The Edinburgh derby between Hearts and Hibs has being overshadowed a wee bit this year with the financial difficulties faced by Hearts. However for Hearts fans the derby initially provided a nice distraction from their financial troubles as they drew their opening derby league tie one all at Easter Road.
However in the Scottish Cup, Hibs managed to avenge their five, one mauling in last year’s cup final by beating their maroon neighbours at Easter Road through a Zaliukas own goal. Attendances in the Edinburgh derby have also being strong.
The Old Firm derby might be gone but the arrival of the Highland derby and the return of the Dundee derby have helped a lot in replacing its excitement and atmosphere.
So what is the top derby in the SPL? Well for me the Highland derby is number one but maybe that’s because I’m an Inverness fanatic.
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What is the top SPL derby?
- Hearts v Hibernian (52%, 645 Votes)
- Dundee United v Dundee (34%, 416 Votes)
- Inverness CT v Ross County (14%, 174 Votes)
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