Sky Sports activities’ Andy Walker gives his predictions as we head into one other weekend of Scottish Premiership motion.
The robust instances for everybody are actually being felt sharply at Tannadice, the place gamers have been requested to take wage cuts. With that hardship in place, may Dundee United money in on striker Lawrence Shankland on this switch window? In all honesty, he has been disappointing since Dundee United gained promotion, he scored closely within the decrease leagues, however has struggled to be as efficient within the high flight and his worth has fallen. I am positive Micky Mellon will likely be moderately glad together with his 26 factors gained up to now, it is a huge step to make from the second tier to the highest flight of Scottish soccer.
St Johnstone supervisor Calum Davidson was dealt a blow when Danny McNamara returned to his father or mother membership Millwall final week and he’ll be hoping he can hold a maintain of his proficient midfielder Ali McCann for a bit longer, there isn’t any doubt he’ll transfer to an even bigger membership quickly.
Andy Walker’s prediction: 1-1
Kilmarnock supervisor Alex Dyer has come via a troublesome time each for himself and his membership not too long ago and switch enterprise has already began. Striker Eamonn Brophy is on his method out of Rugby Park, surprisingly signing a pre-contract with St Mirren. Dyer has reacted shortly by signing 28-year-old Frenchman Diaguely Dabo, a participant able to taking part in in both defence or midfield. Kilmarnock should begin to enhance their house kind. Since beating Hamilton 2-1 in September, Killie have received simply one in every of their final six house league video games.
Hamilton Accies’ season has been affected by damage and Covid points, and regardless of the absence of Marios Ogkmpoe, David Templeton and Lewis Smith, they’re nonetheless preventing for each level. Beating Motherwell 3-0 final weekend was an enormous enhance to their new 12 months ambitions.
Andy Walker’s prediction: 2-1
Jim Goodwin’s males have actually kicked on since that gorgeous 3-2 victory over Rangers in mid-December. Type is sweet and expectations are excessive now that Brophy has signed a pre-contract settlement from Kilmarnock. Jonathon Obika and Lee Erwin now know there’s much more competitors for locations and may assist increase their recreation.
On his departure, Stephen Robinson highlighted that the present group of gamers weren’t adequate and with striker Callum Lang returning to Wigan, they’ve misplaced an honest objective menace. Lasley is in pole place for the job, however did not begin properly, shedding the Lanarkshire derby to Hamilton by an embarrassing three-goal margin.
Andy Walker’s prediction: 2-1
Rangers’ astonishing run continues and a 19-point hole has now opened up on the high of the desk after final weekend’s 1-0 victory over Celtic. Celtic had the higher of the sport, however there’s all the time admiration for a workforce below great stress who discover a approach to win. The reality is Rangers have discovered quite a few methods to win video games this season, you do not all the time must be on high kind. I doubt there will likely be a lot switch enterprise in or out at Ibrox, so long as they hold all their greatest gamers Steven Gerrard will likely be glad.
Pittodrie will present one other robust take a look at for the league leaders and the switch hypothesis within the north east is gathering tempo. Ross County striker Ross Stewart is on Derek McInnes’s radar, as is former Celtic man Gary Mackay-Steven, not too long ago launched by Ronny Deila’s New York Metropolis.
Andy Walker’s prediction: 0-1
Since taking on from Gary Holt, David Martindale could not have wished for a extra optimistic response from his gamers. Seven wins from seven video games is magnificent kind and so they did not simply get the higher of Hibs at Easter Highway final weekend, they beat them comfortably by a three-goal margin. Including striker Gavin Reilly from Carlisle United will clearly heighten competitors for locations given his earlier expertise of Scottish soccer.
It have to be mentioned, although, that Ross County are additionally below new administration and John Hughes additionally guided his gamers to a powerful win over Hibs in late December. Taking something from Livingston of their present kind will likely be an unlimited enhance to the Highlanders’ hopes of escaping relegation. Given his time with Hamilton Accies, Livingston, Dundee United and St Mirren, Tony Andreu is aware of his method across the Scottish recreation and can add a special objective menace.
Andy Walker’s prediction: 1-1
Monday eleventh January 7:00pm
I am positive Neil Lennon would have been glad together with his gamers for one of the best a part of an hour in final week’s conflict at Ibrox, however in a must-win recreation, a second of insanity noticed Nir Bitton appropriately despatched off and consequently, they misplaced 1-0 and their title hopes have all however gone. On the plus aspect, the current introduction of Ismaila Soro and David Turnbull has been encouraging for Celtic supporters and each have improved the vitality ranges and, extra importantly, the objective menace for the workforce. How will they give the impression of being after the switch window? Like each different membership, they’re going to wish to come out of the window stronger than earlier than. A lot will rely upon gives for gamers like Olivier Ntcham, the midfielder’s worth lowering given his lack of recreation time.
After surging right into a two-goal lead at Easter Highway in November, Hibs ought to have taken all three factors, however Celtic clawed their method again for some extent. Jack Ross has recalled goalkeeper Kevin Dabrowski from his mortgage spell at Dumbarton now that Dillon Barnes has returned to QPR. Dropping their final three league video games is poor kind for the Edinburgh aspect, however they all the time have an attacking outlook, so there ought to be some objectives on this one.
Andy Walker’s prediction: 3-0