It has been 38 years since a club other than Celtic or Rangers won the Scottish top flight, and it’s unlikely that will change in the 2022/23 season. There’s another tussle at the top but who will come out on top?
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Who is in the box seat to win the Scottish Premiership?
Celtic emerged victorious in the race for the Scottish Premiership last season, finishing four points ahead of their biggest rivals, Rangers.
The arrival of Ange Postecoglou at Celtic Park proved to be the spark the side needed to regain the title but Gio van Bronckhorst will have been more determined than ever to bring the championship back to Ibrox after their heartbreaking defeat in the Europa League final in May.
At the World Cup break it was Celtic who led the way in the Premiership, already a massive nine points clear of rivals Rangers and for some the title race is already over. Celtic have lost just one of their 15 league games so far, a shock defeat to St Mirren – but fortunately for Postecoglou’s side they have won the other 14 including a 4-0 victory over Rangers.
Rangers are looking comfortable for second but it hasn’t been a good start to the season for a team with high expectations (a close title race being the standard). On top of the heavy defeat to Celtic, Rangers have also lost to St Johnstone and drawn three matches, leaving them in limbo for when the Scottish Premiership returns. But they will return with a new manager as Van Bronckhorst was sacked last month, replaced by Michael Beale who left Queens Park Rangers to move north of the border.
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How do the post-World Cup schedules look?
The Scottish Premiership returns just before the World Cup Final, with Celtic travelling to Aberdeen in the first of four games before the year is up.
Back-to-back home games follow just before Christmas with Livingston and St Johnstone visiting Celtic Park before a tip to face Hibernian. Then there’s the big one to kick off 2023, the Old Firm Derby at Ibrox.
Rangers actually kick off the Scottish Premiership’s return with a home game against Hibs on Thursday, one of two home matches before the end of the year. They then follow Celtic in facing Aberdeen away, with Ross County the hosts two days before Christmas.
Beale’s side end the year with a home game against Motherwell before the Old Firm Derby at Ibrox – arguably the best way for fans to start the New Year.