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Scottish Premier League preview: Will Aberdeen continue to interfere in the Old Firm's business?

Friday 3rd August 2018

The 2018/19 Scottish Premiership kicks off on Saturday with defending champions, Celtic, aiming to win their eighth successive title in a row. Brendan Rodgers side have dominated the SPL for the last two seasons by winning back-to-back trebles. However, that success is in the past now and they are the team that everyone will be aiming to bring down. 

Expectations will be on Steven Gerrard and his Rangers side to put the most pressure on Celtic, but Derek McInnes at Aberdeen and Neil Lennon at Hibernian will have their own hopes of pushing into the top two this season. Outside of those four, the main contenders will most likely be Kilmarnock who have hugely progressed since Steve Clarke took over. 

With the league splitting after 33 games, there will be another place available in the top six. The likelihood is that will go to one of Hearts, St Johnstone or Motherwell. The latter of the trio had an excellent season last year by reaching two cup finals, but fell to Celtic on both occasions.

At the bottom of the table, one team will definitely go down with another going into the playoffs. From the other four sides, St Mirren look like they are the best team and despite losing Jack Ross to Sunderland, Alan Stubbs is a good replacement. From Dundee, Hamilton and Livingston, the most likely to go down are Livingston. Picking between the other two, Hamilton looks to be a little weaker with Dundee having made fewer changes, therefore, they should be more settled; giving them a better opportunity to avoid the dreaded drop.

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Gerry Johnston

I am a 33-year-old sports writer from Ireland who enjoys watching European football. My main focus is La Liga, but I do keep a close eye on all of the major leagues throughout the world.

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