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Rapid Fire SPL Weekend Predictions

So the See You Jimmy bunnets, tartan scarves and kilts can be locked away as the Scottish football fraternity forget all about the national teams latest struggles and focus on the fortunes of their clubs with the return of the SPL this weekend.

The action kicks off on Friday night with Ross County visiting Tannadice and Dundee United and it is here that I’ll kick off my predictions.

Dundee United vs Ross County 1-1

Whilst most of the talk this season has been on the ongoing Rangers story, Celtics qualification for the Champions League and the failure of Craig Levein to convince the nation Scotland can still reach Brazil 2014 a small miracle is taking place in the ting Highland town of Dingwall.

Newly promoted Ross County have taken to life in the top league like the proverbial  duck to water, remaining unbeaten after five matches sitting a proud fifth with an impressive seven points.

Boss Derek Adams and his troops have adapted to the SPL with ease and deserve enermous credit for not only not losing this term but going a fantastic 39 games stretching back to their time in the First Division.

And I expect that run to continue as I can see the Staggies holding Peter Houston’s  men to a draw.

St Johnstone vs Celtic 0-3

It has been a challenging time to be a Saints supporter this season with the Perth side sitting bottom of the table with a meager two points.

Manager Steve Lomas has not had his troubles to seek, training had to be cancelled this week as seven players were struck by a virus severely limiting his options with a clash against the champions.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon may have one eye on the forthcoming Champions League match with Benfica so might refresh the team but nonetheless the Hoops should still have far too much in their armoury for their opponents and I see a comfortable win for the men from Glasgow.

Dundee vs Motherwell 1-2

I would not be at all surprised if the pubs and clubs in Motherwell do some good business come Saturday night with the locals celebrating their continued stay at the top of the SPL.

Stuart McCall’s men have been in great form and the trip to Dens Park will be one Well supporters will be looking at taking maximum points from.

Dundee ripped up the form book in their last match winning at Hearts but for me the team still looks too fragile for life in the top flight and the Steelmen from Lanarkshire can take advantage and secure their lofty position top of the perch.

Hibernian vs Kilmarnock 2-1

After a summer of gloom brought on by watching their team collapse at Hampden in the Scottish Cup final to fiercest rivals Hearts there appears to be a bit of bounce now in the steps of Hibs fans.

After their opening day defeat at Tannadice Pat Fenlon’s team has got their act together sitting third in the table.

The Leith outfit grabbed a surprise point in their last game at Celtic Park so go into this match full of confidence.

Killie are a hard team to make sense of, one week they can play great football like they did when defeating Dundee United, the next they can be flat and lacking in ideas such as they did in their recent drab affair at Ross County.

I see goals in this one with the hosts coming out on top.

Inverness Caley Thistle vs Aberdeen 1-1

Both these sides have underachieved this campaign sitting in the lower reaches of the table and I fear this could be a dull encounter.

Terry Butcher’s ICT may have home advantage but they have not been pulling up any trees whilst the shot shy Dons have only hit the back of the net on two occassions.

It will interesting to see how Inverness old boy Johnny Hayes performs on his old stomping ground in a game in which I think there will be a share of the spoils.

St Mirren vs Hearts 2-2

After five games these sides sit mid table with both sets of fans keen for their teams to secure positions in the top six this campaign.

This may well be the game of the weekend as both sides possess players who can open up defences so the punters who will spend their Saturday afternoon in Paisley may be in for a treat.

Meantime the adventures of the new Rangers continue with a visit to Dumfries and a match on the plastic pitch at Annan.

Ally McCoist will be desperate his side remove the monkey on their back of not winning outside Ibrox and I think they will whilst I’ll be at the national stadium for the glitz and glamour that is Queens Park vs Clyde!


 

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