Pre-Season Previews

2015/16 season preview: Partick Thistle

Last season It became almost boring to ask whether or not Thistle would find themselves sucked into the relegation battle last season and thankfully they were eventually able to pull themselves away, comfortably finishing eighth and 10 points ahead of the play-off berth. The thing about Partick Thistle is that they can go on a […]

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Teammates Jamie Hamill and Josh Magennis argue during Kilmarnock's 4-1 victory over Partick Thistle

2015/16 Season Preview: Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock signed a number of players known within Scottish football but began their season with a 4-0 defeat at home to a rampant Dundee. Craig Cairns looks at whether this is a sign of things to come or if the squad needs time to gel. Last Season Allan Johnston returned to one of the clubs […]

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2015/2016 Season Preview: Ross County

After a tough third season Ross County are expected to improve in Jim McIntyre’s first full season as Staggies boss. Joel Sked looks at their prospects ahead of their second match of the season. Last season Between the middle of February and the middle of April Ross County were the form team in Europe, picking […]

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Lionel Ainsworth scores to make it 3-0 at Ibrox

2015/2016 Season Preview: Motherwell

Motherwell fell from their place as one of the most consistent sides in the division to relegation battlers last season. Craig Cairns looks at whether a similar struggle awaits. Last Season Overall, the 2014/15 season was a disaster for the Fir Park side. After finishing in the top half for five years in-a-row, including three […]

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James Vincent scoring the winning goal in the Scottish Cup Final

2015/2016 Season Preview: Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Inverness may already be out of the Europa League but reaching the competition was an achievement in itself. Craig Cairns assesses whether it would be folly to write them off in their domestic campaign. Last Season Wow. Just wow. This time last year Inverness were tipped to struggle and their manager was the favourite to […]

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Martin Canning scores a header versus Dundee

2015/2016 Season Preview: Hamilton Academical

Hamilton’s opening 0-0 draw at home to Partick Thistle didn’t reveal much about whether or not Hamilton deserve their relegation favourites tag. Craig Cairns evaluates the mixture of youth, lower league experience and foreign unknowns at New Douglas Park. Last Season Alex Neil’s rise from rookie Scottish Championship manager to English Premiership manager in a […]

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Blair Spittal dribbling past two defenders

2015/2016 Season Preview: Dundee United

A disappointing start to the league campaign against tough opponents gave Dundee United a stark reminder of how much quality has vacated their squad in recent years. Craig Cairns looks at whether the departures this year are too tough to replace. Last Season Other than a horror show at Parkhead, Dundee United made a solid […]

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2015/16 season preview: St Johnstone

Last season They did it again, didn’t they? Everyone talks about ICT upsetting the odds, but what about St Johnstone? The 2013/14 team was built around a solid base and the quality of their strike-force: Steven MacLean and Stevie May. Then within a month of 2014/15 starting, May had been sold to Sheffield Wednesday and […]

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2015/16 Season Preview: Dundee

Last Season Because Paul Hartley decided to rip up Dundee’s title-winning squad, nobody knew what to really expect from the Dees coming into last season. Everyone presumed they’d be better than Hamilton, having finished ahead of them in the Scottish Championship and spent more money on wages, though few stuck the neck out enough to suggest a […]

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2015/2016 Season Preview: Heart of Midlothian

Joel Sked looks at what is in store for the Jam Tarts following their return to the Premiership and with expectation high in Gorgie. Last Season Football was reborn in EH11 last season. Goals, scintillating football, expansive attacking play, goals, diligent defending, more goals, an immaculately dressed handsome manager – the slayer of Basel – […]

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Nadir Ciftci faces the media after signing from Dundee United

2015/2016 Season Preview: Celtic

A precarious first leg lead in the qualification rounds of the Champions League, as well as a comfortable domestic victory, means Celtic look like they have picked up from where they left off from last season. CRAIG CAIRNS assesses their side going into the new campaign. Last Season It’s difficult to describe Celtic’s season in […]

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Goodwillie goal v Ross County

2015/2016 Season Preview: Aberdeen

After some exciting European matches, Aberdeen have made a solid start to the league season with a 1-0 victory at Tannadice. In the first of our season previews, Craig Cairns assess the merits of Derek McInnes’s side going into the new campaign. Last Season Even when their team sheet was released at 2pm on a […]

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2014/15 Season Preview: Partick Thistle

Last Season Under Alan Archibald Partick Thistle were a refreshing addition to the Scottish Premiership. They overcame the more functional Greenock Morton in the promotion race, taking their open and expansive football into their first season in the top flight since 2003-2004. They started like they played their football, positively, with a draw at home […]

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2014/15 Season Preview: St Johnstone

Last Season Quite literally, it was the best season in the club’s history. St Johnstone hadn’t even made a Scottish Cup final before they defeated Dundee United 2-0 at Celtic Park, claiming the first major piece of silverware in the process. In the league it wasn’t bad either, finishing sixth to earn a third successive […]

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2014/15 Season Preview: Ross County

Last Season After the highs of 2012-2013 when the Staggies stormed to a top-six finish following promotion, challenging for the European positions, they were brought back down to terra firma with a bump. A number of key players left, such as Iain Vigurs, Paul Lawson, Evangelos Oikonomou, while Derek Adams channelled the spirit of Jimmy […]

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2014/15 Season Preview: Inverness CT

Last Season A tale of two managers. Inverness were absolutely flying under the guidance of Terry Butcher (wow that’s a weird sentence to write now). Expected to struggle after the departure of Andrew Shinnie in the summer, instead they became even stronger with Butcher fitting in another players that bought into his high tempo brand […]

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2014/15 Season Preview: St Mirren

Last Season Two years ago St Mirren’s season petered out after the famous League Cup win over Heart of Midlothian. It was hoped that last season would be the one where they kicked on and broke their duck, finally reaching the top six. However, a dreadful start which returned two points from the first seven […]

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2014/15 Season Preview: Kilmarnock

Last Season Things turned sour long before a ball was kicked in anger. The surprise sacking of Kenny Shiels was met with almost unanimous derision from the home support, though a minority were appeased when Allan Johnston was named as the replacement. After all, he’d been a well liked Kilmarnock player during the latter part […]

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2014/15 Season Preview: Motherwell

Last Season Motherwell left it late to steal second place from Aberdeen. Very, very, very late. Craig Reid bundled in a winner after 93 minutes of insipid football. It turned what was a decent season into a good season. Once again the Steelmen faltered in the cup competitions, leaving their best work for the league […]

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2014/15 Season Preview: Hamilton Academical

Last Season During a first day win at Raith Rovers the travelling Accies fans sang “we’re going to win the league”. Impressive though they were that day, it was a chant attempting humour rather than conveying any genuine expectation that Hamilton would challenge for a title. They had been poor the previous campaign and fans […]

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