LAST season I correctly tipped the winners of all four Scottish leagues – but it’s fair to say it was an easy call.
Celtic and Rangers were short-priced jollies while Dundee and Peterhead were also favourites and that double paid just over 10-1 – almost the same as the fourfold.
Celtic are so far ahead of the rest William Hill go 7-2 they make it nine titles in a row and 6-1 for 10.
I tipped Aberdeen to be best of the rest last season and that line went down when Motherwell beat the Dons with the last kick of the ball.
This time the Dons – 17-10 at Paddy Power – should finish well clear in second place with boss Derek McInnes strengthening his squad while rivals see theirs weakened and almost beating Real Sociedad at home in the Europa League shows the strides they’ve made.
At the foot I’m on favourites Hamilton to be relegated at 5-2 with Paddy Power. They look weaker than Championship winners Dundee who have strengthened well and Partick Thistle should benefit from a year’s experience in the top flight.
William Hill have plenty match bets on the go and Thistle are 5-6 to finish higher than Accies.
After going through League One unbeaten Rangers face bigger hurdles in the Championship but as long as they work out their finances should finish ahead of Hearts and Hibs with Falkirk the best of the rest.
We’ll get an indication of where Hearts are on Sunday when they visit Ibrox but they look a decent young squad who are in better shape than Hibs who are 13-2 at Coral.
Dunfermline are League One favourites at 1-1 with the likes of Betfred and Hills and for me this is the best of the outright bets. The Pars were on a downer last season when play-off defeat by Cowdenbeath denied them promotion and lucrative matches against Rangers, Hearts and Hibs.
But Jim Jefferies’s side have picked themselves up and added quality to the squad in the shape of Michael Moffat, who banged in 29 goals in this division for Ayr last season, and Andy Stirling who had a good campaign with Stranraer.
Dunfermline have started the season well with cup wins against Annan and Raith and I expect them to finish top of the pile.
Peterhead were an easy shout in League Two last season but it’s a tougher call this time round. East Fife are favourites ahead of Arbroath while the Barry Ferguson factor has brought money in on Clyde.
Clyde missed out in the play-offs last season and should be better under Ferguson so I’m on them at 6-1 (bet365) each way.
Aberdeen w/o Celtic
Hearts w/o Rangers