So if I said to you back in the summer that the top two spots in the Scottish Premiership would be take up by Hearts and Hibs, you would have laughed and mocked me and rightly so. Eight games in and no ones laughing, although Hearts fans may want too forget their trip to Ibrox that saw them lose 3-1 to Rangers, having been 3-0 down at half time. Craig Levein’s team are still top albeit by two points as their local rivals Hibernian are hot on the tail and with a far superior goal difference. Their goal difference was improved as they thrashed Hamilton 6-0 well as a four game unbeaten run. For Steven Gerrrard’s Rangers, they took three crucial points that kept them within 3 points of Hibs and 2 of rivals Celtic.
Defending champions Celtic thumped St Johnstone 6-0 to make it two wins in a row after going winless two games running. The large win that saw a 5-0 half time lead, enabled Celtic to move third on goal difference ahead of Kilmarnock, who themselves are currently enjoying an unbeaten run that included a win against the Hoops.
When Premiership football returns it seems a big game as Celtic host Hibernian. Third place Celtic know a win will put them back on track and even top if Heart fail to win. A win for Hibs on the other hand will keep them in second place at least.
Leaders Hearts host Aberdeen, who started the season well but took 4 points out of 12 in September. It’s going to be an interesting contest as a Hearts victory will see them cement top spot but a Dons victory will see them close the gap and possibly see the hosts drop to third if other results went against them. Hearts will hope to avoid a repeat of the defeat handed to them previously.
Kilmarnock travel to St Mirren knowing victory will keep them hot on the heels of the top two. They are only fourth behind Celtic on goal difference. Kilmarnock have a three game unbeaten run including a win over Celtic. In fact the only teams to hav beaten Killie are Hearts and Hibernian. The West coast club have beaten Aberdeen and drawn with Rangers in their other big games.
Unfortunately for their opponents, life has not been fab. Having beaten Dundee in their opening game, they only added a solitary point in September when they drew at home to Celtic. Having only bagged four goals in their 8 games, something tells me that they wont be getting 3 points this weekend.
Dundee go into their game away to Livingstone on the back of sacking manager Neil McCann. They have only bagged 3 goals whilst conceding 16 goals and this doesn’t bode well against a team whose only defeat came against Celtic in the season opener. Livingstone have themselves taken 7 points off of Hibs ( W 1-0 Rangers) Hibs (W2-1) Hearts (0-0). It would take some divine intervention for the bottom placed club to upset