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Here are my predictions for the 2017/18 Ladbrokes Premiership!
Last Season Finish: 1st (C)
Celtic are head and shoulders above the rest of Scottish football at the moment and no one can deny that. Last season, they took their dominance to another level entirely, winning the treble while remaining undefeated in the league. Despite all of these positives, I still feel Celtic should be in the market for a striker - Moussa Dembele is out injured until September and the only other recognisable strikers at the club are Leigh Griffiths and 17-year-old Jack Aitchison. Tom Rogic and Scott Sinclair also being able to play out of position up top, but it wouldn't be ideal.
They also should try to sign a centre-back with Dedryck Boyata out injured leaving them only Jozo Simunovic, Erik Sviatchenko, Kristoffer Ajer & Nir Bitton filling in. That being said, the title is pretty much in the bag for Celtic. Their main concern will be progressing as far as possible in the Champions League - their group includes Bayern Munich, PSG and Anderlecht, though, so it'll be tough.
Last Season Finish: 2nd
Derek McIness' men have improved massively this summer bringing in Gary Mackay-Steven from Celtic with Ryan Christie also signing from Celtic on loan. Also the arrival of Stevie May is a real talking point - the striker has already proved he is a solid Goalscorer in the league. The team have seemed to gel well together in spite of the departure of Jonny Hayes, Nial McGinn & Ryan Jack who all played brilliantly last season.
Last Season Finish: 3rd
Pedro Caixinha will be the first to face the sack, you heard it hear first. Sorry Rangers fans but this isn't your year. Right at the start of the season Rangers suffered an early exit from Europe at the hands of Progres Neiderkorn (who came 4th in the Luxembourg top division last season). They've already lost to Hibs, by 3 goals to 2 at home, and recently drew to Hearts - it's been a very poor start. They have made some decent signings this transfer window, though; Daniel Candieas looks like a great player, Ryan Jack was a key player for Aberdeen last year and should be very effective this season, and Bruno Alves, who was part of the Euro 2016 winning Portugal squad, should prove to be a rock at the back.
Last Season Finish: 1st (Scottish Championship)
If it wasn't for their recent heavy loss to relegation favourites, Hamilton Academical, the Hibs would've been higher up on my list. Aside from that loss, Hibs have been off to a decent start already with wins over Rangers and Partick Thistle, and I think they really can challenge for a Europa League spot in their first year back in the big time! Hibs have a solid squad that was good enough last season to be in the top flight, with notable mentions going to the likes of John McGinn, Jason Cummings, Liam Henderson and Simon Murray (the ginger ninja goal-scoring machine)!
5. St Johnstone
Last Season Finish: 4th
St Johnstone will finish below where they came last season due to stiff competition in the league following the promotion of Hibs. After three games, St Johnstone are in a decent position in the league, so there's always the possibility of them doing a Leicester, but I doubt they will.
6. Partick Thistle
Last Season Finish: 6th
Partick Thistle finished in the top 6 last year under the guidance of Alan Archibald and I think the same will happen again this year. Archibald has done excellently since taking over the hot seat in 2013 and with Kris Doolan up top for the Jags, Thistle fans will have high hopes for this season. Partick have already taken on Celtic this year, in a game they could've won - Kris Doolan missed a few sitters and there was a big penalty claim too.
Last Season Finish: 5th
Hearts, Hearts, Glorious Hearts; where do I begin? With a disappointing last season, Ian Cathro has already made life difficult for himself this time round after Hearts were knocked out of the Betfred Cup in the group stages! To make matters even worse, Brendan Rodgers came out and said that Craig Levien (the club's director of sports) was the one responsible for Hearts' poor performances as he's the one who makes the decisions about transfers and Cathro couldn't be given responsibility.
Last Season Finish: 10th
I think Dundee will finish higher than their fellow relegation candidates, purely because they've got the better squad. In choosing a manger, I don't think they choose right. Dundee appointed Sky Sports Pundit and former Rangers player Neil McCann this year, but will he lead the Dee to glory? I'm not so sure.
Last Season Finish: 9th
How Motherwell have held on to star striker Louis Moult this year, I don't know - it's a miracle! The Well will once again finish in bottom half of the table, just missing out on the relegation play-offs in my opinion.
10. Ross County
Last Season Finish: 7th
It's really only going to get worse for county. They've already lost star man and former Celtic player Jackson Irvine to Burton Albion recently, and now this summer Liam Boyce, one of the best players in the league last season, has also signed for Burton. The County play Rangers this weekend and I do not have high hopes.
Last Season: 8th
It just looks like nothing will ever change in the small town of Kilmarnock. They're always there or thereabouts in the relegation battle and, although they have a promising manager in Lee McCulloch, I feel as though they won't finish any higher than eleventh.
Last Season: 11th
The Accies are once again relegation favourites. They may surprise a few this year following a few early good performances, but in my opinion the end result will be that they will finish twelfth.
Aside from Celtic, the Scottish Premiership is one of the hardest leagues to predict (so forgive me if my predicitons end up being completely wrong!). Send me your predictions for the SPL on Instagram, @transferfeed.
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Welcome to my transfer round-up! In the following article I’m going to be taking a look at some of the biggest transfer rumours in football from the past few days and give you an update on some deals which have recently been completed.
Dembele to Barcelona?
Borussia Dortmund youngster, Ousmane Dembele, has been heavily linked with Barcelona and has even missed training and ignored phone calls from his club in an attempt to force a move. By the time you're reading this article, Dembele may well be a Barcelona player. Right now, Dembele is lighting up German football with his trickery and flair but moving to, arguably, the biggest club in the world, is NOT the right move for him. Following Neymar's move to PSG for £198m (€200m), Dembele would be expected to fill the void he left and perform to the same standard as his predecessor, from day one. That’s a lot to expect from a player of Dembele’s age (20). To walk into a club and replace the most expensive player in the football history would be near impossible. Unfortunately, though, Barcelona's worldwide fan base have very high standards, and they would be on his case from the off.
That being said, due to Barcelona’s embarrassing Supercopa de Espana loss to Real Madrid and their lack of signings this summer, the Catalan fans are crying out for a new marquee signing!
Coutinho to Barcelona?
This transfer saga seems as though it’ll never end. Philippe Coutinho has been one of the Premier League’s main attractions in recent years and now it seems he could be the player to replace fellow Brazilian, Neymar, at Camp Nou. Liverpool's owners and Jurgen Klopp have remained firm with their stance and have insisted they will do everything possible to keep hold of Coutinho. However, with bids well over the £100m mark being made, you just have to wonder how long will Liverpool be able to continue rejecting Barcelona.
It’s also worth mentioning that Coutinho has missed the start of Liverpool's Premier League season with ‘injuries’, and that the media have reported he wants to go to Barcelona.
Patrick Roberts to Celtic?
This is another transfer rumour that seems as though it just won’t go away. The Englishman spent two seasons on loan at Celtic from Manchester City and became a fan favourite. He is now set for a move back to Celtic Park on another season-long loan.
Roberts was purchased from Fulham for £13.5m two seasons ago and has featured in Manchester City's pre-season this year. He had a good few games and, although they were only friendlies, he did get to show Man City just how good he really is.
Blaise Matuidi has signed for Juventus from Paris Saint Germain for £18m - an absolute bargain if you ask me! Meanwhile, over in England Tottenham Hotspur have signed Davinson Sanchez from Ajax for a reported fee of £45m. Tottenham’s North London rivals, Arsenal, have also been doing some transfer business – they recently sold Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Paulista to Valencia for £10m.
What has been the best bit of business from this transfer window so far? Let me know on Instagram @transferfeed!
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Celtic have been the powerhouse of Scottish football for a while now, especially after the financial demise of title rivals, Rangers. Last year Celtic smashed it, winning the treble while going the full domestic season unbeaten. On Wednesday night they beat Kazakhstan champions Astana by five goals to nil in the Champions League qualifiers and more or less sealed their place in the group stages - they are now the only team still in Europe representing Scotland. But when will this dominance be challenged? Here are who I think are the main candidates to potentially knock Celtic off their throne over the next ten seasons or so.
The obvious one. The old Giants. Whether you class them as a new club or an old club, it's irrelevant. Rangers were liquidated in 2012 after going into administration. They essentially re-started after being sent to the fourth tier of Scottish Football and having the core of their squad dismantled. They faced a real challenge but were up to the task - they managed three promotions in four years! Now, in their second season back in the first division (they finished third year), Rangers will be looking to stop Celtic winning the league for the tenth time in a row.
Rangers have had a poor start to the season, though. They've already been knocked out of Europe by Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn and lost 3-2 against Neil Lennon's Hibs at Ibrox. They will certainly be looking to bounce back and will be hoping that their marquee signings make a mark.
Bruno Alves brings great experience to the club off the back of winning Euro 2016 with Portugal last summer. Daniel Candeias is another one of Rangers' new signings, and he looks like he could be a real threat.
Having always been there or there abouts in Rangers absence, the Dons will really be hoping for a trophy sooner rather than later. After coming second in all of the domestic competitions last season, Aberdeen will be looking to win a major trophy this season.
Aberdeen are the last team to win a European trophy in Scotland (back in 1983). They have already been knocked out of the Europa League this season despite superb performances from some of their players including loanee Ryan Christie.
With promising additions to the squad this summer including Stevie May, Gary Mackay-Steven and, as I've already mentioned, Ryan Christie, this could be Aberdeen's best shot at the title yet.
Neil Lennon's men, who have just won promotion from the second division, look a real threat this season. Anthony Stokes, John Mcginn and Dylan Mcgeough will certainly be the key players for the Hibs this year with star man Jason Cummings moving to Nottingham Forest down south.
Lennon has key experience having already won the Scottish Premiership as a player and manager with Celtic. He also reached the 2003 UEFA Cup Final with Celtic and has already shown that this Hibs side is a force to be reckoned with. The club have endured a tough time over the past few years playing in the second division which has been at a particularly high standard of late, yet they still managed to gain promotion and win the 2016 Scottish Cup!
Honourable mentions who could also dethrone Celtic go to Hearts, St Johnstone and Partick Thistle. Someone other than Celtic winning the Scottish Premier League would be a strange sight and might not happen for a while - Celtic really are head and shoulders above all other Scottish clubs in every way.
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Following Celtic's title win (their sixth in a row) we, as usual, are starting to hear people ask the question: would Celtic survive, or perhaps even thrive, in the Premier League? Celtic's current manager, Brendan Rodgers, has recently stated that if Celtic were in the Premier League they, "would be one of the minimum top four, top six clubs in the English Premier League."
After Rodger's comments, many took to Twitter to express their thoughts and feelings on whether or not Celtic would perform well in the Premier League and there were certainly a lot of controversial opinions.
First and foremost I think Celtic would survive in the Premier League - in my mind there's absolutely no doubt that they wouldn't ever be in any kind of relegation scrap. However, I do disagree with Rodgers saying they'd be in the top six. With the current top six including Chelsea, Man City, Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United, it's hard to imagine Celtic overtaking any of these teams. They'd most likely be positioned in the top half of the league in a similar position to teams like West Ham, Southampton and Everton.
Anyway, that's just mine and Brendan's opinions. Below you can watch some of the guys on Ball Street have a full discussion about that, and some other football topics too.