Let’s have your first predictions. With half of the season over, who do you think will be the four division champion in May?
David McCarthy : Rangers will win the Premiership even though it will be close. I would love for Arbroath to win the championship, but I still have a feeling Partick Thistle will finish at the top of the table. Cove Rangers and Kelty Hearts are big favorites for leagues one and two.
Keith jackson : After tipping Rangers before a ball was kicked, it doesn’t make sense to change now. But Celtic will make them work for it. Arbroath is shaping up to be the Leicester of that term in the Championship although Inverness may be too strong. But nothing stops Cove and Kelty Hearts.
Andy Newport : If the Rangers can keep their squad intact this month, I still think they have the strength to go through with it. Arbroath is a great story in the Championship, but I expect Billy Dodds, full-time, Inverness to beat that one. Cove and Kelty Hearts are expected to clinch the crowns in the lower league.
Fraser wilson : The Rangers are back in the fray, I don’t see them letting a six-point lead slip away. Kilmarnock have an underperforming squad, but with the right manager they will elect Arbroath and Inverness to the Championship. Cove and Kelty Hearts should see him in leagues one and two.
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Should Rangers or Celtic request a postponement of the Old Firm clash if they have three or more players in international service – or should they put the game on?
DM : SPFL said there are no more free dates, so let’s see if they are strong enough to stick with that and resist any attempt to postpone the February 2 game. These clubs have great teams, so they should just play along.
K J : No. The games must continue. As Ange Postecoglou has already said, now is not the time to start releasing the violins. It’s time to put the boots back on and complete as many matches as Covid allows.
A : Celtic have been pushing for a postponement of the January 2 date knowing they would likely be without international stars for the rescheduled clash while Gers appear to be missing only Joe Aribo as it stands. With Covid still a threat to the fixture list, it makes sense for every game to be played ASAP.
FW : They would have the right to ask if they lacked more than three stars. But I hope both of them resist the urge and take this one out, otherwise the league will be in danger of serious traffic jam.
What do you think of Tony Watt’s decision to swap Motherwell for Dundee United and should Fir Park’s side play him or put him on the bench until then?
DM : It seems like a side step for the player but if the clubs fail to come to a deal that sees him move this month, Motherwell will surely play him. He is their best attacker and can help them in their attempt to reach Europe.
K J : It must have financial sense. So if it adds up, Watt is well within his rights to make the switch. But Well was as good to him as he was to them. While he seemed finally settled, he takes to the road. Graham Alexander should make the most of it by then.
A : It’s hard. Watt is playing the best and most consistent of his career at Fir Park, but Tam Courts has made an impressive start at United. I’m not sure Well will have to face this selection dilemma as I expect the Terrors to do all they can to make a deal this month.
FW : You can’t hit anyone for choosing an improved financial package that you would assume offered Tannadice. But Well gave Watt the platform to finally realize his potential. He’s taking a huge risk by leaving this behind. Well, they should make him lose every last goal while they can.
What is your New Year’s wish for Scottish football?
DM : That he gets a good boost from the Scottish government. It seems like a lost hope, but we can all dream. Oh, and may our national team arrive in Qatar in November!
K J : That the words ‘closed’ and ‘doors’ never appear again in the same sentence.
A : That we resume the bettors as soon as possible. Last year has been dark so it was great to see the return of sold out houses earlier in the campaign. Hopefully Nicola Sturgeon takes the handcuffs off soon and we can reopen the tourniquets.
FW : Let the Tartan Army pack their bags for Qatar, ready to watch Steve Clarke’s troops mingle with the best in the world for the first time since 1998. Come on!