Last season saw Celtic’s dominance in the SPFL stretch to an eighth successive season as champions. As 2019/20 approaches, can they be stopped?
SPFL sides are busy boosting their ranks ahead of the new campaign kick-off on 3rd August. Nearly all will have plenty of work to do to stop Neil Lennon’s side in their tracks. However, the Northern Irishman also faces a few dilemmas of his own with many of his best players generating transfer headlines.
Below, we look at the current state of play in terms of the 2019/20 SPFL odds.
SPFL Season 2019/20 – Will Anyone Challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership Title?
Celtic – 7/25
Perhaps not as strong a racing certainty as in previous years. Celtic could be facing a transitional season as Neil Lennon tries to ward off Premier League interest in some of his best players.
A number of club stalwarts have also departed the dressing room, with Mikael Lustig, Dedryck Boyata and Emilio Izaguirre all moving on. Expect several new faces to arrive if Celtic opt to cash in on some of their most prized assets – with the signing of £7m centre back Christopher Jullien an encouraging start. The former Toulouse man is already the club’s second most expensive signing after Odsonne Édouard. Financial muscle will surely give Celtic a huge head start once again – provided new faces can settle quickly.
Rangers – 9/4
Steven Gerrard certainly showed plenty of promise as he hit the ground running in his first season north of the border, but this will be the season his management prowess is really tested. Rangers’ title challenge ultimately faded in the second half of last season after a tight-knit title race before Christmas. Fans will be expecting the gap to their Old Firm rivals to be much closer this campaign. The additions of Jordan Jones, Jake Hastie and Joe Aribo all look intriguing, but more work is surely needed to sustain a season-long charge. Nevertheless, expect Celtic to have their guard up.
Aberdeen – 20/1
Stability may benefit them as they look to improve on fourth place in 2018/19, with Derek McInnes heading into his fifth full season with the club. After nearly 300 games in charge of the club, McInnes’ biggest challenge will be keeping things fresh. The hugely-experienced Craig Bryson should be a massive influence in the dressing room after signing from Derby.
Hearts – 100/1
It’s been a quiet summer so far at Tynecastle, and after no more than a middling season last campaign, there’s little to suggest as things that stand that the Jam Tarts will be leading the resistance against Celtic’s expected title charge. The arrival of Craig Halkett from Livingston should add some extra leadership and steel in defence. Craig Levein’s side leaked 50 goals last season so improvement in that area remains a top priority.
Hibernian – 100/1
The Hibees enjoyed a new lease of life under Paul Heckingbottom when the Yorkshireman arrived in February last season. They’ve already been proactive in pre-season, bringing in Christian Doidge, Joe Newell and returning fan’s favourite Scott Allan among six new signings. With new investment arriving at Easter Road, Hibernian will be looking to improve on fifth in 2018/19 and could be the best-placed side outside of the Old Firm to run them close.
Kilmarnock – 200/1
Last season’s best performers outside of the Old Firm, Killie have taken a risk this summer with the leftfield appointment of Angelo Alessio. The 54-year-old Italian certainly comes with pedigree as a long-term trusted member of Antonio Conte’s backroom staff at Juventus, Italy and Chelsea. Fans will be hoping that he can hit the ground running in the Scottish Premiership as Killie start life without the impressive Steve Clarke. A first Europa League adventure in nearly 20 years also adds another interesting dimension to Alessio’s opening few weeks in charge.
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