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Scottish Football Ups and Downs 2018/2019

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Arbroath are the first club this season to clinch a league title after a 1-1 draw away to Brechin City secured the point needed to seal the League One title. Raith Rovers lost on the day anyway, so the title would still have been sealed. I’ll use this thread to keep track of what’s going on as the final weeks pan out.

Premier League

Celtic are nearing 8 in a row with Sevco 2012 the only side who can mathematically stop them, but it’s nearly a done deal. It’s more interesting seeing the battle for Europe, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen lead Hibernian by 6pts. Hearts are 8pts off Killie and Dons, but if they can shock the Green Bigots in the Scottish Cup Final they can nick a European place from whoever finishes 4th. As we know only three clubs are at risk from relegation, and that’s going to be covered on many occasions elsewhere on here.

Championship

Ross County are 6pts clear with 9pts to play for as they look for an immediate return to the top flight. Only Dundee United can deny them, and they need just one more point to guarantee 2nd and avoid the first playoff round. Ayr United and Inverness Caley Thistle are likely to meet in the opening round. Dunfermline can mathematically change that but they have to win all 3 of their final matches. They could also go down, with the relegation battle looking intense. Partick and Morton have a game in hand, Falkirk, QOTS and Alloa are down there too. 4pts between 6th and 10th, great if you’re a neutral.

League One

Arbroath have sealed the title. Raith and Forfar are definitely in the playoffs and are now fighting for 2nd. It’s likely Montrose will fight East Fife for the final playoff spot. Airdrie 2002 are the Dunfermline of this league, could go up or down but probably won’t so either. Brechin City and Stenhousemuir are level in the bottom 2 right now, 4 points adrift of Stranraer and Dumbarton.

League Two

Peterhead lead by 4pts as Clyde’s points deduction may well cost them the title. Edinburgh City and Annan Athletic will definitely make the playoffs. Edinburgh could win the title but it’s unlikely. Albion Rovers lead Berwick Rangers by 2pts in the fight to avoid the relegation playoff, Albion’s gifted 3pts from Clyde’s admin error could be detrimental to Berwick.

 

East Kilbride are champions this year. BSC Glasgow and newly promoted Kelly Hearts have put in strong showings. Selkirk folded early on so bottom place is already sorted, luckily for Whitehill Welfare who only have 9pts.

Highland League

A 1-0 win at Forres means Cove Rangers win the Highland League for the 2nd year running, and they will face East Kilbride in the battle for promotion. Cove were unlucky last year as some poor refereeing against Cowdenbeath seen them miss out on promotion. Brora Rangers put up a strong fight but are 6pts behind with 1 match left.

Promotion to Lowland League

I’m still trying to work this one out as it’s different from last season. The East of Scotland league is in mid-restructure, it’s changed from last season and will change again next season. Right now it’s been split into three leagues, and the winners of each league will meet in a round-robin. Bonnyrigg Rose will definitely be involved, while Penicuik and Broxburn hold the advantage in the other two sections. Meanwhile the South of Scotland league has been easily won by Stranraer Reserves, who I imagine would not be allowed to participate in any promotion bid. Bonnyton Thistle are 2nd but I have no idea whether they will feature in some sort of promotion playoff. Last season it was a simple meeting of the two Champions (Kelty Hearts destroyed Threave Rovers), but with a different EoS setup I’m not sure what’s going to happen.

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6 hours ago, DougJamie said:

Do you not think we can look at league tables:wink:

Get a hobby :whistle

This counts as a hobby :P

To answer your first question, you’ve been on this forum more than long enough to know there are some who probably couldn’t :lol:

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