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Scottish Premiership Soccer: club guide for the new 2018/19 season

Celtic's Callum McGregor and Rangers Danny Wilson (right) during the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow. on Saturday December 30 2017
Andy Newport

ABERDEEN

Manager: Derek McInnes

Position last season: Second

Nickname: The Dons

Ground: Pittodrie

Capacity: 22,199

Players in: Lewis Ferguson (Hamilton, compensation TBC), Chris Forrester (Peterborough, undisclosed fee), Greg Tansey (Ross County, end of loan), Stephen Gleeson (Ipswich, free), Dom Ball (Rotherham, loan).

Players out: Kenny McLean (Norwich, end of loan), Ryan Christie (Celtic, end of loan), Greg Stewart (Birmingham, end of loan), Chidi Nwakali (Manchester City, loan), Freddie Woodman (Newcastle, end of loan), Nicky Maynard (released), Kari Arnason (Vikingur, free), Daniel Harvie (Ayr, free), Anthony O'Connor (Bradford, free), Danny Rogers (St Mirren, loan), Adam Rooney (Salford, undisclosed fee).

Key man: Graeme Shinnie

Chances: McInnes has again seen his squad suffer from summer departures having lost important figures like McLean, Christie and Rooney. Finding a proven goalscorer remains the number-one priority for the Dons boss but unless he can unearth a gem over the next five weeks, his side's hold on second spot could come loose.

Prediction: third

CELTIC

Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Position last season: Champions

Nickname: The Hoops

Ground: Celtic Park

Capacity: 60,832

In: Odsonne Edouard (Paris St Germain, undisclosed fee), Lewis Morgan (St Mirren, end of loan), Ryan Christie (Aberdeen, end of loan), Scott Allan (Hibernian, end of loan), Kundai Benyu (Oldham, end of loan), Anthony Ralston (Dundee United, end of loan).

Out: Patrick Roberts (Manchester City, end of loan), Charly Musonda (Chelsea, end of loan), Sam Wardrop (Dundee United, free), Nadir Ciftci (released), Stuart Armstrong (Southampton, £7million), Broque Watson (Motherwell, free).

Key man: Moussa Dembele

Chances: Wrapped up their seventh straight title with another dominant campaign that also ended in an historic double Treble triumph. Frankly it will be no surprise if they do it all over again.

Prediction: Champions

DUNDEE

Manager: Neil McCann

Position last season: Ninth

Nickname: The Dee

Ground: Dens Park

Capacity: 11,856

In: Elton Ngwatala (Kidderminster Harriers, free), Kharl Madianga (FC Lokomotiv GO, free), Jack Hamilton (Hearts, undisclosed fee), Nathan Ralph (Woking, free), Jean Alassane Mendy (Lokeren, free), Sam Jackson (Millwall, free).

Out: Scott Bain (Celtic, free), Simon Murray (Hibernian, end of loan - now at Bidvest Wits), A-Jay Leitch-Smith (Shrewsbury, end of loan); Jon Aurtenetxe (released), Julen Etxabeguren (released), Kostadin Gadzhalov (Botev Vratsa, free), Kevin Holt (Pafos, free), Nicky Low (Derry, free), Jeremy Malherbe (Panionios, free), Jordan Piggott (released), Mark O'Hara (Peterborough, undisclosed fee), James Vincent (Dunfermline, loan), Kerr Waddell (Morton, loan), Faissal El Bakhtaoui (Dunfermline, loan), Randy Wolters (NEC Nijmegen, free).

Key man: Glen Kamara

Chances: Made some progress under McCann last season but still suffered from worrying bouts of inconsistency. Could be in for another flirtation with the relegation spots unless they can find a more even keel.

Prediction: Ninth

HAMILTON

Manager: Martin Canning

Position last season: 10th

Nickname: Accies

Ground: New Douglas Park

Capacity: 6,096

In: Alex Penny (Peterborough, undisclosed fee), Alex Garcia (Marbella, free), Aaron Smith (Nottingham Forest, free), Tom Taiwo (Falkirk, free), Mason Bloomfield (Norwich, loan), Ziggy Gordon (Pogon Siedlce, free), Lennard Sowah (Crocovia, free), Aaron McGowan (Morecambe, free), Sam Kelly (Grimsby, free), Adam Philips (Norwich, loan), Steven Boyd (Livingston, end of loan), Marc Kelly (Bo'ness Utd, end of loan).

Out: Ali Crawford (Doncaster, free), Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen, compensation TBC), Danny Redmond (The New Saints, free), David Templeton (Burton Albion, free), Darren Jamieson (Arbroath, free), Xavier Tomas (released), Georgios Sarris (released), Antonio Rojano (released), Charlie Scott (Manchester United, end of loan).

Key man: Darian MacKinnon

Chances: Scotland's perennial survivors love nothing better than to prove their detractors wrong but given the meagre budget Canning has to work with, his luck has to run out sometime and the loss of Ali Crawford and David Templeton is a major blow.

Prediction: 11th

HEARTS

Manager: Craig Levein

Position last season: Fifth

Nickname: Jam Tarts

Ground: Tynecastle

Capacity: 20,099

In: Steven MacLean (St Johnstone, free), Bobby Burns (Glenavon, undisclosed fee), Jake Mulraney (Inverness, swap deal with Angus Beith), Olly Lee (Luton, free), Uche Ikpeazu (Cambridge, free), Ben Garuccio (Adelaide United, free), Zdenek Zlama (FC Zlin, free), Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle, free), Oliver Bozanic (Melbourne City, free), Peter Haring (SV Ried, free), Steven Naismith (Norwich, loan), Kevin Silva (Rutgers University, free), Dario Zanatta (Raith Rovers, end of loan), Liam Smith (St Mirren, end of loan), Colin Doyle (Bradford, free).

Out: Angus Beith (Inverness, swap deal with Jake Mulraney), Connor Randall (Liverpool, end of loan), Manuel Milinkovic (Genoa, end of loan - now at Hull), Demetri Mitchell (Manchester United, end of loan), Joaquim Adao (Sion, end of loan), Prince Bauben (released), Jack Hamilton (Dundee, undisclosed fee), Jon McLaughlin (Sunderland, free), Conor Sammon (Motherwell, loan).

Key man: Steven Naismith

Chances: Levein's first act after being drafted back into the dugout last term was to make Hearts hard to beat. This term he is looking to add layers to their attacking capabilities but with 13 summer recruits checking into Tynecastle, the key factor on how they fare may be the length of time it will take the new-look Jambos to gel.

Prediction: Fifth

HIBERNIAN

Manager: Neil Lennon

Position last season: Fourth

Nickname: The Hibees

Ground: Easter Road

Capacity: 20,421

In: Florian Kamberi (Grasshopper Zurich, undisclosed fee), Adam Bogdan (Liverpool, loan), Stevie Mallan (Barnsley, undisclosed fee).

Out: Brandon Barker (Manchester City, end of loan), Jamie Maclaren (SV Darmstadt 98, end of loan), Faycal Rherras (KV Mechelen, end of loan), Scott Allan (Celtic, end of loan), Callum Crane (Livingston, undisclosed fee), Dylan McGeouch (Sunderland, free), Simon Murray (Bidvest Wits, undisclosed fee).

Key man: John McGinn

Chances: Lennon was disappointed that his season only finished fourth last time out and will make similarly high demands of his team this time. Whether McGinn in still on the books at Easter Road come the end of the transfer window though could have a major say in Hibs fulfilling their manager's ambitions.

Prediction: Fourth

KILMARNOCK

Manager: Steve Clarke

Position last season: Fifth

Nickname: Killie

Ground: Rugby Park

Capacity: 18,128

In: Stuart Findlay (Newcastle, free), Mikael Ndjoli (Bournemouth, loan), Ross Millen (Queen's Park, free), Dom Thomas (Queen of the South, end of loan), Daniel Higgins (Airdrie, end of loan), Dean Hawkshaw (Stranraer, end of loan), Adam Frizzell (Livingston, end of loan).

Out: Youssouf Mulumbu (end of contract), Aaron Tshibola (Aston Villa, end of loan), Aaron Simpson (Wolves, end of loan), Jasko Keranovic (West Brom, end of loan), Steven Smith (released), Brad Spencer (released), Alex Samizadeh (released), Leo Fasan (Falkirk, free).

Key man: Kris Boyd

Chances: Looked destined for the drop last season until Clarke arrived to transform them into top-six contenders. The former West Brom and Reading boss is unlikely to accept a drop in standards this term.

Prediction: Sixth

LIVINGSTON

Manager: Kenny Miller

Position last season: Championship runners-up, promoted via play-offs

Nickname: The Lions

Ground: Tony Macaroni Arena

Capacity: 8,716

In: Craig Sibbald (Falkirk, free), Liam Kelly (Rangers, undisclosed fee), Ricki Lamie (Morton, free), Callum Crane (Hibernian, undisclosed), Cameron Blues (Falkirk, undisclosed), Ryan Hardie (Rangers, loan), Kenny Miller (Rangers, free), Ross Stewart (St Mirren, free), Egli Kaja (AFC Wimbledon, loan), Matthew Knox (east Fife, end of loan).

Out: Jordan Thompson (Rangers, end of loan - now at Blackpool), Steven Boyd (Hamilton, end of loan), Adam Frizzell (Kilmarnock, end of loan), Josh Mullin (Ross County, free), Neil Alexander (retired), Dylan Mackin (Falkirk, undisclosed fee), Dale Carrick (Airdrie, free).

Chances: Upset the odds to finish second in last season's Championship before stunning Partick Thistle in the play-offs. But with cash in short supply, new player-boss Miller looks like he faces a long battle against the relegation places this term.

Prediction: 12th

MOTHERWELL

Manager: Stephen Robinson

Position last season: Seventh

Nickname: The Steelmen

Ground: Fir Park

Capacity: 13,472

In: Mark Gillespie (Walsall, free), Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool, undisclosed fee), Danny Johnson (Gateshead, free), Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Plymouth, free), Alex Gorrin (Sepsi OSK, free), Conor Sammon (Hearts, loan).

Out: Nadir Ciftci (Celtic, end of loan), Tom Aldred (Bury, end of loan), Stephen Hendrie (Southend, end of loan), Russell Griffiths (released), Deimantas Petravicius (Falkirk, free), Ellis Plummer (released), Ross MacLean (Morton, loan), Shea Gordon (Partick, loan).

Key man: Allan Campbell

Chances: Enjoyed a season to remember last term as they fought their way to the finals of both domestic cup competitions. Robinson will hope to build on that this term by improving their league position.

Prediction: Seventh

RANGERS

Manager: Steven Gerrard

Position last season: Third

Nickname: The Light Blues

Ground: Ibrox Stadium

Capacity: 50,817

In: Scott Arfield (Burnley, free), Allan McGregor (Hull, free), Ovie Ejaria (Liverpool, loan), Jamie Murphy (Brighton, undisclosed fee), Nikola Katic (Slaven Belupo, £2million), Connor Goldson (Brighton, £3million), Jon Flanagan (Liverpool, free), Lassana Coulibaly (Angers, loan), Umar Sadiq (Roma, loan), Ryan Kent (Liverpool, loan), Myles Beerman (Queen of the South, end of loan), Aidan Wilson (Livingston, end of loan).

Out: Bruno Alves (Parma, free), David Bates (Hamburg, free), Sean Goss (QPR, end of loan), Jason Cummings (Nottingham Forest, end of loan - now at Peterborough), Russell Martin (Norwich, end of loan), Dalcio (Benfica, end of loan - now at Belenenses), Kenny Miller (Livingston, free), Jordan Thompson (Blackpool, free), Carlos Pena (Necaxa, loan), Liam Kelly (Livingston, undisclosed fee), Michael O'Halloran (Melbourne City, undisclosed fee), Jason Holt (Fleetwood, loan), Ryan Hardie (Livingston, loan), Joe Dodoo (Blackpool, loan), Eduardo Herrera (Santos Laguna, loan), Harry Forrester (Tractor Sazi, free).

Key man: Connor Goldson

Chances: Gerrard has been hailed by the Light Blues faithful as the man to turn around their fortunes but toppling Celtic remains a distant prospect for Gers. Beating the likes of Aberdeen, Hibs and Hearts to second spot would represent progress for the former Liverpool and England skipper.

Prediction: Second

ST JOHNSTONE

Manager: Tommy Wright

Position last season: Eighth

Nickname: Saints

Ground: McDiarmid Park

Capacity: 10,673

In: Drey Wright (Colchester, free), Tony Watt (OH Leuven, free), Matty Kennedy (Cardiff, free).

Out: Steven MacLean (Hearts, free), Chris Millar (Morton, free), Keith Watson (Ross County, free), Alan Mannus (Shamrock Rovers, free), George Williams (Fulham, end of loan - now at Forrest Green Rovers), Matty Willock (Manchester United, end of loan), Denny Johnstone (Colchester, end of loan - now at Morton).

Key man: Tony Watt

Chances: Dropped out of the top six last term for the first time in seven years as Wright introduced a more youthful element to his side. Although those growing pains should be easier this time round the competition for the top half has also risen and standing still in eighth place would be no failure.

Prediction: Eighth

ST MIRREN

Manager: Alan Stubbs

Position last season: Championship winners

Nickname: The Buddies

Ground: Simple Digital Arena

Capacity: 8,023

In: James Kellermann (Aldershot, free), Paul McGinn (Partick Thistle, free), Cody Cooke (Truro City, free), Josh Heaton (Darlington, undisclosed), Jeff King (Bolton, free), Hayden Coulson (Middlesborough, loan), Danny Rogers (Aberdeen, loan), Cole Kpekawa (Colchester, free).

Out: Lewis Morgan (Celtic, end of loan), Stelios Demetriou (Ross County, free), John Sutton (retired), Gary Irvine (released), Massimo Donati (retired), Andrew McDonald (Stranraer, free), Josh Todd (Queen of the South, free), Darryl Duffy (Airdrie, free), Darren Whyte (Forfar, free), Nathan Flanagan (Raith Rovers, free), Mark Hill (Celtic, end of loan) Liam Smith (Hearts, end of loan), Harry Davies (Grimsby, free), Gavin Reilly (Bristol Rovers, free), Ross Stewart (Livingston, free).

Key man: Stephen McGinn

Chances: New boss Stubbs has made significant changes to the Championship-winning side assembled by predecessor Jack Ross but survival will be their number one priority this term.

Prediction: 11th

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