After 10 action-packed months the Scottish Premiership is beginning to near its conclusion. Whilst the year was far from the ordinary, our game again managed to prove it has all the twists, turns, and drama you can get from the much more bigger budgeted divisions, with plenty of different stories coming up from every team.
With a frankly bizarre season coming to a close, Brig Sport have looked into our winners and losers from the campaign, join us as we go over and explain our choices!
St Johnstone Football Club – Winner
With this article being written the week before Saints’ upcoming second semi-final of the season, it’s still a fair possibility that in his debut year as a permanent manager Callum Davidson will complete a domestic cup double with the Perth side, becoming the first non-old firm team to do so since Aberdeen in 1986.
There’s no one out there who would argue Tommy Wright’s shoes weren’t going to be tough for his successor to fill, but with a historic league cup win and a top six finish secured, Davidson has got to be a candidate for the manager of the year award. That being said, there’s a reason this category isn’t just dedicated to the gaffer himself.
From Shaun Rooney cementing himself as one of the division’s top full-backs, to Ali McCann turning out for the Northern Ireland senior team at the age of just 21, there have been no shortage of success stories coming out of McDiarmid Park this season. We regard the club in whole as one of our season winners!
Scott Brown and Callum McGregor – Losers
Just as St Johnstone as a club were rewarded for their efforts, reigning champions Celtic could easily have all been put under the one bracket, although it’s fair to say their campaign hasn’t gone quite as smoothly.
Particular attention though can be paid to the once formidable midfield partnership of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor. Both had been such influential figures in green and white over the last nine years – but this season has been nothing more of a dismal campaign for the pair.
Most punters had a feeling captain Brown’s 14-year spell at Parkhead might have been coming to a close, with most expecting perhaps a move upstairs or into a coaching role at the club. However critical Celtic fans have questioned the club’s commitment to sentimentality in that regard. The underperforming Brown repeatedly kept younger talents such as Ismaila Soro out the team, and with the new Celtic manager potentially planning a largescale shake-up, maybe it’s best for both parties he departs entirely…
McGregor too hasn’t escaped scrutiny, however at just 27 years old there’s still plenty of time for him to bounce back and win over the Celtic support.
Jamie McGrath – Winner
St Mirren’s new Irish attacking midfielder might have flown a little more under the radar compared to players from other teams, but Jamie McGrath this season has been a huge influence on Jim Goodwin’s St Mirren team.
Despite only arriving in Paisley this past summer, the 24-year-old has already gained interest from clubs such as Aberdeen, but it’s easy to see why his manager has slapped a hefty price tag on the player’s head.
His 7.49 expected assists is almost double the second placed buddy showing his creativity form midfield – but McGrath is a more than capable dribbler that statistically is also very effective at winning the ball back up the pitch. Most impressively though, you might not find a calmer penalty taker in Scottish football right now, if you want to be impressed a compilation of his spot-kicks is a satisfying watch.
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