It has been a long time coming but we are now on the eve of the new league season kicking off and what a season it promises to be.
So who will be the winners and the losers this season? The Scotzine team sat down and gave their predictions. What do you make of our choices? Let us know what you think by commenting below or via @scotzine
Craig John Shields
Who will win the Premiership title?
It has to be Celtic for the league doesn’t it? Despite a strong challenge from Aberdeen last season, Celtic eventually cruised to the title and a change in manager should see Celtic clinch six-in-a-row.
Hiring Brendan Rodgers and bringing in Moussa Dembele and Kolo Toure will provide sufficient ammunition up-front, security at the back and an experienced coach to bring it all together, all of which were desperately needed after the Deila-era ended.
Who will be the main title challengers?
Aberdeen will yet again be Celtic’s closest challengers and haven’t lost any major players this summer, which can only help them push for the title. Derek McInnes has knitted together a tightly knit squad, the core of which have been together for a number of years now but while they might dominate the rest of the SPFL, Celtic is a step up in class Aberdeen just won’t be able to compete with.
Who will be relegated?
After a somewhat surprising play-off victory over Falkirk, Kilmarnock are likely to finish bottom of the Premiership. A complete squad overhaul – with eleven signings in one day – has seen manager Lee Clarke look desperate in his attempt to make Kilmarnock competitive.
While it’s difficult to judge without being a part of the Rugby Park coaching team, it appears that any player who’s played in England is deemed good enough for the SPFL by Clark and his team. But an embarrassing early exit from the Betfred Cup against the likes of Morton, Alloa and Berwick Rangers saw them struggle and look ill-prepared for the season ahead.
Who will be the surprise package?
After cruising through their Betfred Cup group, St.Johnstone look prime to spring a small surprise this season. Despite finishing fourth last season and recently winning the Scottish Cup, the side from Perth never seem to get the plaudits they deserve. Tommy Wright has put together a well-oiled team that may well reach the top three if injuries and suspensions don’t harm them in season’s later months.