Everyone’s in action now - Celtic in CL qualifiers, Rangers, Hibs and Aberdeen in EL qualifiers, everyone else in the league cup.
It’s shaping up to be an interesting season - feel free to give an in-depth account of your club’s situation below, but a brief overview of the top clubs:
- Celtic are trying to maintain dominance and take forward steps in Europe, with a squad currently largely unchanged from last season (with the exception of Armstrong’s departure down south)
- Aberdeen kick off with a big game against Burnley this week, and having established themselves as the second force in Scotland in recent years, will be hoping to fend off any challenge from the likes of Rangers and Hibs, both of whom came close last year.
- Rangers will be led by Stevie G into this season, and nobody’s quite sure what to expect. Unproven, big-name manager, with a raft of new signings (10 according to the BBC, including loans) - anything could happen. By early September the EL qualifying will be completed and Rangers will have played 4 league games, including Aberdeen and Celtic away. Depending on their early results they could either be in a very strong position at that stage, or could equally be looking at another long season of turmoil. Expect the now-standard level of off-field shenanigans to keep everyone entertained.
- Hibs got their record points total last season, but Lennon still wasn’t happy at their final league position. He’ll desperately want to push them into the EL group stages (a tall order), but they’ll have to cope with a bit of squad turmoil - McGeouch has left, and McGinn looks like he might follow. Signing Kamberi permanently will give them a goal threat though.
- Kilmarnock will hope to continue on in the Steve Clarke dreamland, after being one of the most impressive sides in the league after he joined last season. Publicly they’ll be looking for a top 6 finish, but a push for the European spots has to be the aim given last season’s form. Physically, Kris Boyd looks less like a pro footballer than ever, but a hat trick after coming off the bench in the league cup on Saturday shows that he’s still the man they can rely on.
- Hearts have already started with the general bants behaviour, after fielding an ineligible player in the league cup and being docked points. It’s a crowded top 6 at the moment, but their pride will be wounded if the likes of Hibs and Kilmarnock finish above them again. Craig Levein can be relied on to try and wind up basically anyone he can.
That covers last season’s top 6 anyway, but obviously we have to mention Kingsley’s lads - Partick Thistle will hope to rebound straight back up from the championship after being relegated last season. If only they could convert indie points to actual points.
Genuinely very excited about this season, should be very entertaining.