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Scottish Championship - Run down and preview

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Two days to go until the Scottish Championship kicks-off and we'll all be full of optimism I'm sure, some of us more than others, so it seems like the right time for the run down our opponents.

For a bit of fun what's your league prediction from top to bottom? Also your thoughts for ourselves?

Here's a quick overview of all teams in the league in terms of personnel changes and the bookies prediction for each:

ALLOA ATHLETIC - Manager Peter Grant - Last season 8th

Bookies prediction: 10th 

Ins: Robert Thomson (FWD), Andy Stirling (MID), Kevin O'Hara (FWD), Liam Buchanan (FWD), Peter Grant (Manager)

Out:  Jordan Fitzpatrick, Joseph Moore, Jim Goodwin (Manager)

ARBROATH - Manager Dick Campbell - last season Winner 1st Division

Bookies prediction: 8th

Ins: Derek Gaston (GK), Scott Stewart (DEF), Robert Wilson (DEF)

Out: Ryan Wallace, Danny Denholm, Ryan McCord, Darren Hill

AYR UNITED - Manager Ian McCall - last season 4th

Bookies prediction: 5th 

Ins: Sam Roscoe (DEF), Kris Doolan (FWD)

Outs: Robbie Crawford, Lawrance Shankland,  Michael Rose, Liam Smith, Declan McDaid, Chris Higgins, James Hilton, Stuart Faulds

DUNDEE - Manager James McPake - last season bottom Premiership

Bookies Prediction: 2nd 

Ins: Shaun Byrne (MID), Danny Johnson (FWD), Jordan McGhee (DEF), Declan MacDaid (MID), Josh Todd (MID), Jordan Marshall (DEF),  Jamie Ness (MID), Jordan Forster (DEF),  Luke Strachan (FWD), 

Out: Elliot Parish, Sam Jackson, Kyle Gourlay, Nathan Ralph, Kenny Miller, James Vincent, Kerr Waddell, Nathan Meres, Darren O’Dea, Martin Woods, Genseric Kusunga, Jesse Curran, Faissal El Bakhtaoui, Jim McIntyre (Manager)

DUNDEE UTD – Manager Robbie Neilson – last season 2nd Championship

Bookies Prediction: 1st

Ins: Adrian Sproule (DEF), Mark Reynolds (DEF), Adam King (MID), Lawrence Shankland (FWD), Liam Smith (DEF), Deniz Mehmet (GK)

Out: Rachid Bouhenna, Luc Bollan, Aidan nesbitt, Margano Gomis, Lewis Toshney, Stewart Murdoch, Archie Thomas, Kieran Inglis, Fraser fyvie, William Edjenguele, Billy King, Callum Booth, Christoph Rabitsch, Thomas Scobbie, Adam Barton, Gavin Ritchie, Mati Zata

DUNFERMLINE ATHLETIC – Manager Stevie Crawford – last season 7th Championship

Bookies prediction:6th

In: Aaron Comrie (DEF), Thomas Bragg (DEF), Gabriel McGill (FWD), Paul Paton (MID), Euan Murray (DEF), Josh Edwards (DEF), Kevin Nisbet (FWD), Kyle turner (MID), Ryan Dow (FWD), Tom Lang (DEF), Lucas Berry (FWD), Ben Swinton (GK), Matthew Bowman (DEF)

Out: Kallum Higginbotham, Jackson Longridge, Robbie Muirhead, Ryan Williamson, Mark Durnan, Aidan Connolly, Brandon Luke, Myles Hippolyte, James Craigen, Lee Robinson, Sean Murdoch, Louis Longridge

GREENOCK MORTON – Manager David Hopkin – last season 5th Championship

Bookies Prediction: 7th

In: Henk van Schaik (DEF), Nicky CAdden (MID), Robbie Muirhead (FWD), Aidan Nesbitt (MID), Kyle Jacobs (MID), Brian McLean (DEF), Calvin Orsi (MID), Sam Ramsbottom (GK), Cameron Salkeld (FWD), John Sutton (FWD), David Hopkin (Manager)

Out: Jonaton Johansson (Manager), gary Oliver, Lee Kilday, Robert Thomson, Derel Gaston, Charlie Telfer, Michael Tidser, Denny Johnstone, Gregor Buchanan, Peter Grant, Jack Iredale, Jack Purdue, Rory, McKeown, Ben Armour

INVERNESS CALEDONIAN THISTLE – Manager John Robertson – Last Season 3rd Championship

Bookies Prediction: 4th

Ins: James Keatings (FWD), James Vincent (MID), Nikolay Todorov (FWD), David Carson (MID), Mitch Curry (MID Loan)

Outs: Darren McCauley, Owain Fon Williams, Liam Polworth, Joe Chalmers, Nathan Austin

PARTICK THISTLE – Manager Gary Caldwell – Last Season 6th Championship

Bookies Prediction: 3rd

Ins: Mitch Aistin (MID), Kenny Miller (FWD), Shea Gordon (MID), Scott Fox (GK), Lewis Mansell (FWD), Ryan Williamson (DEF), Alex Jones (FWD), Tommy Robson (DEF)

Out: Aidan Fitzpatrick, Scott McDonald, Blair Spittal, Souleymane Coulibaly, Kris Doolan, Cammy Bell, Christie Elliott, Ally Roy, Aaron Lennox, Euan Griffiths, Lee Duncanson, Nial Keown, Miles Storey, Andy McCarthy, Anthony Eadie

QUEEN OF SOUTH – Manager Allan Johnston – Last Season – 9th Championship

Bookies Prediction: 9th

Ins: Kevin Holt (DEF), Lewis Kidd (DEF), Gary Oliver (FWD), Lee Kilday (DEF), Callum Semple (DEF), Dan Pybus (MID), Michael Paton (MID), Allan Johnston (Manager)

Out: Gary Naysmith (Manager), Josh Todd, Kyle Jacobs, Deniz Mehmet, Andy Stirling, Michael Doyle, Callum Fordyce, Russell Currie, Nicky Low

 

 *** Sources: BBC Sport for transfers, Betfair for bookies predictions ***

Edited by MrCaleyjag
Spelling error in 'Caledonian' which was annoying Caleyjag
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  1. Dundee Utd
  2. Dundee
  3. Morton
  4. PT
  5. ICT
  6. Dunf
  7. Qos
  8. Alloa
  9. Ayr
  10. Arbroath

Dundee teams fighting for top spot

Morton the surprise package with DH in charge

ICT & PT fighting for the final play-off spot

Ayr to collapse and QoS likewise if Dobbie is injured - either of those could end up in the playoff spot along with Alloa

Arbroath to push hard, but just fall short into the automatic drop

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Got Morton in the bookies myself for a play off spot good manager and done well in the transfer window! Dunno how we'll get on think well again struggle for goals and Polly going was a huge blow who's gonna create in midfield hoping for a title fight but reckon dufc will stroll it this yr

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21 minutes ago, snorbens_caleyman said:

...and of course we are always saying how knowledgeable about football the BBC are   :lol:

It's not their prediction, it's my own, you can create your own one...

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6 minutes ago, Jack Waddington said:

It's not their prediction, it's my own, you can create your own one...

Sorry!  I predict that I'll get things wrong, as usual...

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3 hours ago, snorbens_caleyman said:

...and of course we are always saying how knowledgeable about football the BBC are   :lol:

That was my thought as well till I read further down :smile: I would love to see Jack get his prediction right :wink: Like yourself I won't bother and I will not be going to the bookies like Alan either.

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Utd ought to win it comfortably, and if it isn’t going well they’ll just keep sacking managers and signing players until they are top.

Realistic target for ICT is to make the playoffs.

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1st: Dundee Utd

2nd: ICT

3rd: Dundee

4th: Partick Thistle

5th: Morton

6th: Dunfermline

7th: Ayr Utd

8th: Arbroath

9th: Queen of South

10th: Alloa Athletic

 

I do think it'll be just as competitive this season as in the past with every team taking points off each other, expecting a couple of the foreseen front runners to make a sluggish start but hopefully we can hit the ground running.

There's been a big turn around of players in most teams so will be interesting to see how they fair and what impact new managers may have. My money is on the first manager casualty being Gary Caldwell, maybe that's more out of hope though haha.

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Sorry all, really hope I’m wrong, but:

1 Dundee United

2 Partick Thistle

3 Morton

4 Dundee

5 Dunfermline

6 ICT

7 Ayr United

8 Queen of the South

9 Alloa

10 Arbroath

 

 

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