92 clubs favourite players – Hull City – Sone Aluko

Hull City have done quite well so far this season and under Steve Bruce they have a great chance of avoiding relegation this year.

They are certainly not a team of superstars but they work very hard and they have seemed quite organised and this has meant that after eight league games they have picked up 11 points and are currently sitting in ninth place. They made some good signings in the summer that added Premier League experience to the squad including Steve Harper, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore. But my favourite player of the current squad is arguably the most exciting player to watch and is someone that when he is on the pitch will cause Premier League defences problems as he has already shown.

That man is Sone Aluko who already has a goal and two assists in his eight league games this season so he is showing that he can cut it at this level. It was a real shame when he got injured part way through last season and it did show as the team did not look as threatening and in the end it almost cost them automatic promotion. Eight goals in 23 games was a good return for someone that usually plays out wide but with his pace and directness it is not a surprise that Hull City are a better team with him in the side and if they are to be successful this season they need to try and give him as much of the ball as possible.
Aluko
Aluko did start his career in England but it was over in Scotland where he made his name and although his record does not seem too great at Aberdeen where he only scored 12 goals in 118 games, he showed enough quality for Rangers to take a chance on him, although it is worth noting that he did also assist 21 goals at Aberdeen so he was involved in 31 goals at the club. But it was at Rangers when he went to the next level and 12 goals in 23 games showed his qualities and another five assists for them was impressive. I think he would have got even better at Rangers but unfortunately he could not continue his career there because of the club’s much publicised financial problems, so he got a move to England and gaining promotion in his first season must have been a great feeling for him personally.

Steve Bruce was the man that took a chance on him and there must be some trust between the two of them because Bruce was in charge when Aluko was a young player at Birmingham City and gave him a chance in their first team. Aluko is still only 24 and will continue to get better and I am glad that he is getting the chance to show his ability in the top division in England and it would not surprise me if he was linked with a move away from Hull in the next few transfer windows if he keeps developing.

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Which club will Craig Bellamy play for after the summer?

Craig Bellamy is currently taking part in the Olympic Games with Team GB but that hasn’t stopped the rumours of him leaving Liverpool.

Bellamy has scored 165 goals in his career

The Welshman in his second spell at Liverpool may not be in new manager Brendan Rodgers plans which would surprise me to be honest, because the former Swansea manager likes to play 4-3-3 and Bellamy in the past has shown that he can be effective from the left wing in particular. Bellamy may not be able to play as many games as he used to but at times last season he was one of their most effective players and can still chip in with some goals. The 33 year old played 33 times last season and contributed 9 goals which isn’t too bad as he a lot of his appearances were off the bench. I’m sure a lot of teams will be looking at the former Manchester City player because he does still have a lot to offer and could even push a team onto the next level if he is used properly.

The team that is heavily linked with him is QPR and maybe it is just the papers putting 2 and 2 together and getting 5 because obviously current manager Mark Hughes seems to get the best out of Bellamy whether it be at international level or when the pair were at Manchester City. One thing that does make me think that this transfer will go through is the fact that QPR do have a bit of money and will unlike a lot of teams will be able to pay his wages. The big question would be whether him and Joey Barton would get on the dressing room as they are both big egos and are very similar in a way. They both have a will to win but sometimes that spills over.

Cardiff City will be linked with Bellamy until he retires because they are his boyhood club and I’m sure he wants to see them in the Premier League and will help them in any way he can. It is obviously not a problem for him to drop down a division as he has done it before. In the 2010-11 season he played 35 times for the club scoring 11 goals but this time it may be more difficult as I don’t think Liverpool will just let him go out on loan for the full season like Manchester City did.

The most surprising rumour I have heard is that Rangers are interested in him. Even before what happened to them last season, this would not have happened in my opinion because he has played for Celtic before and I just don’t think he would want to play in Scotland again. Now, it is even more ridiculous because there is no way they can afford his wages and why would he want to go play in the Third division of Scotland? He has too much to offer to go there and even if they were still in the SPL it would be a terrible way to end his career.

Who will Steven Naismith sign for?

Steven Naismith has left Rangers on a free transfer and will be looking for a move to the Premier League.

The striker is just one of many players that will leave the club this summer but he could be the one that gets the most offers especially from Premier League clubs. After signing for Rangers in 2007 from Kilmarnock he hasn’t been a prolific scorer but has still won three SPL titles, one Scottish Cup and two League cups while at the club. Last season, he was having his best season but it was unfortunately cut short by injury which ended his season in October, but he still managed to get nine goals last season in just 15 games. It will be interesting to see if he can cope in the Premier League because he has got a lot of admirers, however, his stats don’t really show his talents, in his years at Rangers he only scored 33 goals in 140 games and when you play for a team that has won the league three times in that spell you do expect him to have scored more. Naismith, has also represented his country on 13 occasions and scored two goals against Spain and Lithuania. One thing that will make him a good signing is his versatility, as he has played on the wings a lot for Rangers and could easily play there in a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3.

Naismith has scored 68 goals in his career

So who would be interested in signing him? Everton are surely interested in him as they don’t have a lot of money and someone with Naismith’s talents on a free transfer will interest manager David Moyes a lot. Everton now have Nikica Jelavic who was scoring goals for fun at the end of last season and obviously him and Naismith have played together before so surely they will have a good understanding straight away and get the best out of each other. They do sometimes lack goals in their side but they do have a lot of good passers in their midfield and a lot of creativity so Naismith could thrive in that side and just add another little bit of quality upfront.

Fulham are another club that I believe should be taking a look at him because they have already lost Pavel Pogrebnyak and Andy Johnson this summer so they do need a replacement and also they didn’t get any money for these two so a cheap replacement may be needed. Also, a few players have been linked away, for example, Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele so they are losing a lot of goals and talent and will need to replace them quickly. If Fulham do lose these players then they may be pulled into a relegation scrap with Orlando Sa and Bryan Ruiz in particular being very inconsistent so someone like Naismith could just get them the goals to make sure they are comfortably in midtable at least.

Finally, Newcastle United could be looking at him as he does fit into the way the club play as he can be a winger or a striker and with Demba Ba’s future uncertain at the minute, Mike Ashley may just be hoping that another free transfer can work out as well as the Senegalese striker. I think Newcastle may be looking for someone slightly better but if they can’t get their first choices then he wouldn’t be a bad backup player at least. With Peter Lovenkrands also leaving this summer they do need one more striker in my opinion especially with Leon Best linked with a move away.

Who will be the next Norwich City manager?

It looks as though Norwich City will be looking for a new manager with Paul Lambert wanting to leave the club.

Norwich City finished 12th with 47 points

The expected departure of Lambert means that not one of the three managers that had gained promotion to the Premier League will be in charge of their teams even though they all stayed up. Neil Warnock was sacked by QPR earlier in the season, Brendan Rodgers left Swansea City for Liverpool and now it looks as though Lambert will join Aston Villa. It has been one of the worst summers for the Norwich fans as they also have to deal with their main goal threat Grant Holt wanting to leave the club so it seems that something may be going on behind the scenes that not many people know about. The chairman needs to make sure that he appoints the right man next as they will need to continue their development and stay in the Premier League next year or they may find themselves struggling back in League 1 in a few years. I personally hope this doesn’t happen as the Canaries are very well supported and their fans are some of the most passionate fans in the Premier League and have stuck with them through thick and thin.

But now onto who could take charge. It seems current Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay is in pole position and it is not difficult to see why. He had a fantastic first season at Cardiff, guiding them to the playoffs where they were beaten by West Ham United and also the final of the League Cup. This was a very good achievement as he had to deal with a lot of departures and basically make a whole new team with very little money. He is a manager that works well with what he has got and does very well signing players on a free or for small transfer fees which would obviously be a good thing for Norwich as they aren’t the richest and want to develop in young British talent as much as possible.

Unsurprisingly, Chris Hughton is also linked with the job and I think he would be perfect for most sides in the Premier League so if Norwich could get him then I believe they would stay up comfortably next season. Hughton was harshly sacked by Newcastle United and has also done a brilliant job at Birmingham City where he almost got them promoted even though he had to deal with a small squad and a lot of games, including the Europa League. He is a manager that gets players playing with a smile on their faces and is a very open and honest manager so the fans would take to him.

Neil Lennon is also linked with the job and I think they could tempt him to join the club as in all honesty the Scottish Premier League will be even more boring for the next couple of years because of Rangers’ financial problems. So he may want to move so he can actually get challenged. He has a 75.22% win record and has only lost 16 of his 113 games but then again he has only managed Celtic, however in his defence you can only beat what is put up against you. I don’t know how good of a manager Lennon is but winning trophies gives you confidence and he could be a success at Norwich.

I would love to see Chris Hughton get the job as he always seems to deliver at whatever club he is at and I just think he deserves another chance in the Premier League.

Did Celtic deserve to win the league?

Celtic have been crowned SPL champions again after a four year wait and they did it in spectacular fashion beating Kilmarnock 6-0.

Goals from Charlie Mulgrew, Glenn Loovens, Gary Hooper and Joe Ledley meant the title was coming back to Celtic. The result will also be sweet for the fans and players because they got beaten in the Scottish League Cup final by Kilmarnock when they were hoping to add more silverware to their fantastic season. Some people may argue that this league title should mean less to Celtic and because of Rangers’ current financial problems they shouldn’t celebrate it as much but I don’t agree with this and I believe that Celtic would have went on to win the league anyway. After being 15 points behind their rivals at one stage they pulled it back and to make it even better they actually beat Rangers to completely overturn the points deficit with a goal from Joe Ledley.

Looking at the team, they had the best in Scotland anyway and deserve the title, the only player that was possibly going to stop them would have been Nikica Jelavic who is proving in the English Premier League that he is a good goal scorer and may have made more of a difference. But we will never know because they were forced to sell him and they only have themselves to blame for that so why should Celtic be bothered. In goal Celtic have Fraser Forster who has a lot of potential and could one day be one of the best in Europe if he learns to keep his concentration up fully especially when defending set pieces but he is certainly a very good shot stopper and with more experience will get even better.

The defence is possibly the weakest part of the team but they do have a lot of potential in there with Adam Matthews at right back who is very solid defensively and adds a lot going forward with his pace. Two defenders actually scored three of the goals that secured the title and in Charlie Mulgrew they have a player that can play in a few positions and his versatility can be vital at times. He does also get a few goals and assists as well. Unfortunately one of the best players in the league couldn’t take as much part as he would have liked in the title win and that is Emilio Izaguirre who is a fantastic player and one that I want to see a lot more of.

The midfield is very hard working and committed and in Scott Brown they have a player who will do anything to win a game of football and will do anything for the cause therefore it is easy to see why the Celtic fans love him. Joe Ledley is very similar in that respect and he can at times just add a little extra quality too.

They also have some good attacking options and some very good finishers at the club in Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes. They may miss a few chances but the bonus of being at a massive club like Celtic is that they will get the opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net. Georgios Samaras also chips in with goals and his six this season have been vital and he may infuriate some fans but he is always a danger and can always score an important goal for the team.

Lennon will be hoping for even more success in charge of Celtic

So well done to Celtic and I hope Neil Lennon enjoys this moment as much as he should because this could be the first of many and Celtic will probably go and dominate Scotland for a long time to come. They were the best team for most of the season and for that reason I believe that they did deserve to be SPL champions of 2012.

Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta makes it to 200 games in the Premier League

Mikel Arteta is set to become only the third Spanish players to reach 200 games in the Premier League when Arsenal take on QPR.

Arteta will be trying to help Arsenal finish third season

Cesc Fabregas and Pepe Reina are the only other two to reach the landmark but Arteta will be hoping that he will play a lot more games before he leaves England or retires. He first came to England in the January transfer window of 2005 when he signed for Everton on loan with a view to a permanent move at the end of the season to fill the gap left by the departed Thomas Gravesen. He was relatively unknown to English football even though he had a relatively successful spell in Scotland with Rangers but by the end of the season he was well known all around the country as he showed his fantastic passing abilities and his eye for a goal. He scored the first of his 33 goals for the club against Crystal Palace and was then signed by David Moyes at the end of the season for £2 million which now seems like a bargain.

In his first two full seasons with the Toffees he won the Player of the Year award and it seemed to be a pretty easy choice with him scoring three goals and providing seven assists in the 2005-06 season. The following year he arguably had the best season of his whole career scoring nine times and finishing third in the assists table in the entire Premier League with 12. In my opinion, Moyes deserves credit for Arteta’s career in England because he had been playing as more of a holding midfielder for his previous clubs and was just sitting in front of the back four so he could play passes but Moyes changed his game and made him more of an attacking midfielder so his passes would create more chances for teammates to score. In his remaining years at Everton, he didn’t quite hit the same amount of goals or assists but he was still very consistent and was one of the most underrated players in the Premier League. The Everton fans loved him but I think a lot of other fans didn’t quite see how effective he was but in their defence, to see how good he is you probably have to watch him for a full 90 minutes.

At the age of 30, it seemed to me like he was going to stay at Everton for the rest of his career but Arsenal reportedly offered £10 million for him. It must have been hard to take for the Everton fans that he got sold but in their manager and chairman’s defence they got a lot of good service out of him and made a profit of £8 million on him. He already has five goals for the Gunners and three assists which shows that his career is not coming to an end anytime soon. His free kick against Aston Villa was one of the best this season and with him already captaining the side in an FA Cup game against Leeds United, he could still play a very important part in Arsenal’s future.

If Rangers die, Scottish football dies too

Defending champions of the SPL Rangers, have entered administration and this could spell disaster for Scottish football. There have been financial worries for quite some time but surely not many people expected this outcome at all. They are, alongside Celtic by far the biggest club in Scotland and if the situation gets worse who knows what is going to happen north of the border.

Celtic fans may be laughing at their arch rivals but in my opinion they won’t be in a few years or maybe even months because they too will face serious financial implications if Rangers are forced to close down. The SPL is a very average league and there will be no competition if both of the Glasgow clubs are not challenging for the title as Celtic will walk the league and it could put certain businesses off sponsoring the SPL. How many games a season are shown live that don’t include either Celtic or Rangers? I can’t imagine it being very high therefore they would probably lose a lot of revenue from television companies.

It will severely affect other teams in the SPL because they probably only fill their grounds when Rangers and Celtic play them and they will make money from playing away to these teams as they have huge stadiums and supporters will want to go visit these grounds. It may allow them to challenge for Europe and the title more but would this feel as good if they only had this opportunity because Rangers weren’t allowed to play in the Scottish league anymore?

A big discussion is whether they should have moved Rangers and Celtic to England and maybe this could have saved Rangers and now it could force the authorities to push through Celtic joining the English leagues as they will soon feel the financial pain that Rangers are suffering currently. So, ultimately Rangers could be helping Celtic here without even knowing it, because I can’t imagine the SPL will continue with Celtic being the only team that have any chance of winning the title.

Rangers need to survive so Scottish football survives because it doesn’t have a lot going for it right now and does not need this to be happening right now but owner Craig Whyte is confident they can pull through this and I for one hope they do because they have massive support all over the world and it would be a tragedy to not get to see anymore Old Firm derbies because they are arguably the most fierce in the world because it is about more than football.

I honestly don’t think that Rangers will be allowed to go under, they will get saved somehow and their supporters do not deserve this as no football fan should lose their team as we have seen in the past. But they will need to learn, football is changing and teams need to start looking at their finances and making sure they are making profits and not paying for players they cannot afford.

Scottish football needs Rangers and even Celtic fans will be hoping they pull through this even though they may not admit it.

Old Firm Derby – How would they cope in the Premier League

After watching the Old Firm Derby I thought to myself who would actually be able to cut it in the Premier League. The quality seems a lot lower in Scotland these days and this could be down to a number of reasons the most likely being financial problems with the collapse of Setanta Sports which promised a lot but in the end failed and the SPL was in some ways bailed out by Sky Sports. However it was a much worse deal for all clubs but at least they still one.

So onto the game and first things first the conditions were horrendous which you could see from all the litter that was being blown on the pitch all through the game and it would have been very difficult for a lot of the best teams in the world to cope with the wind. However Joe Ledley scored the winner with a great header for Celtic which took them to the top of the table which in itself is quite remarkable seeing as though at one point they were 15 points behind their Glasgow neighbours. Now let’s talk about individual players and who has the ability to perform in the Premier League.

Goalkeepers- Fraser Forster- On loan to Celtic from Newcastle United.

Looks very good in the SPL and commands his box very well using his massive frame to his advantage. Many people expected him to be Newcastle’s number 1 this year however a poor pre season making mistakes and just not looking very assured combined with the form of Tim Krul, Forster was shipped out and will probably join Celtic permanently when his loan ends. Maybe missed his chance of playing in the Premier League however he is only 23 and has a lot of time to improve so he could be one to look out for in the future.

Allan McGregor

Rangers undisputed number 1 for the last six years and is pretty consistent which to be at a club challenging for honours every year you have to be. He could easily have made it at a team fighting relegation in the Premier League but probably thought why swap winning championships for battling to stay in the top division. Showed against Celtic though that he does have problems when under pressure and being unable to come for crosses confidently. Also worth noting for McGregor is he struggles to hold onto shots especially from long range. Could play in the Premier League but is happier to stay at Rangers.

Left Back- Joe Ledley

Not known as a left back in England or Wales with most of his appearances for previous club Cardiff coming in the centre of midfield or on the left hand side. He performed admirably at left back and although wasn’t troubled greatly still had to put in a fair few tackles and interceptions. Was linked with Premier League teams when his contract expired at Cardiff but decided to join Celtic probably like McGregor to win honours. Very good passer of the ball and has a decent cross on him. Could comfortably play for teams in the Premier League and would be one of the better players in teams such as Wigan, West Brom, Fulham.

Sasa Papac

Always looks good defensively however doesn’t seem to offer a lot going forward and would probably suit playing centre back better. He is getting towards the end of his career and would not be good enough for the Premier League so if he was to come to England it would be for one of the top teams in the Championship and nothing more.

Right Back- Adam Matthews

Very promising young full back and taking his opportunity brilliantly at Celtic after coming through the Cardiff youth system (Celtic seem to like them). Looks very quick and composed on the ball and never looks flustered when under pressure. Defensively obviously needs improving like any young defender with things that come with experience such as positioning and when to go forward and when to just hold your position. If he keeps improving at this rate he will be playing for a top club in England and wouldn’t be surprised to see him at a team like Chelsea or Arsenal in the future years.

Kirk Broadfoot

His Rangers career has been stop start with injuries and him being dropped for lack of form and it is understandable why he looks solid but nothing more than that and playing for a team like Rangers surely extra is required. Nowhere near good enough for the Premier League but will look decent for Rangers against opposition of a lower standard.

Centre Backs- Thomas Rogne

In his third year at Celtic he looks as though he has not quite hit the heights that were expected but like Matthews is only young and did look quite impressive against Rangers and coped with everything in the air and looked comfortable when the ball was on the floor. Decent performance but unsure of how much he will develop. Could be a good player at Celtic for many years to come but whether he can progress further is unclear at the moment but does have potential.

Charlie Mulgrew

Can play a number of positions including left back and left wing but with his height looks like he could be a centre half and proved that he can do a job in there against Rangers. He has already had a spell down South with Wolves and maybe it came too early in his career as he failed to make an impression but regained confidence when he signed for Aberdeen and this led to a return to Celtic where he started his career. So maybe he could give the Premier League another try but I can only imagine it being for a struggling team.

Carlos Bocanegra

Had a very successful spell with Fulham and was very consistent during his time at Craven Cottage playing 115 league games for the club at a time when they needed stability at the back to keep them in the league. With 100 caps for United States and captaining them he brings a wealth of experience which will be beneficial to the younger members of Rangers defence. His time has however been and gone and will enjoy his wind down in the SPL.

Kyle Bartley

The 20 year old on loan from Arsenal is trying to prove to Arsene Wenger he can play in a table topping side. With previous loan spells at Sheffield United this is a definite step up in quality. With over 50 games played in his career already he will surely one day hope that he can play in the Premier League whether this be for Arsenal or another team. Looks very promising but the real test will be whether he can step up and perform consistently.

Left Midfield- James Forrest

One of the brightest prospects to come through the Celtic youth team for many years. He has already played 4 times for Scotland and looks very exciting and Neil Lennon will be very happy to have him at the club. showed a few moments of quality with some nice skills and a good turn of pace. Also in other games this season he has shown he can finish confidently. Playing more games every season is helping to build confidence and is showing his quality. He could make it in the Premier League but has to make sure he chooses his transfers carefully or he could find himself playing for another team in the SPL that is not in the top 2

Lee Wallace

Summer signing from Hearts can play left back and looks more comfortable in that position. Is a very attacking left back but just doesn’t look right on the left wing. However he has a good left foot and can put in a wicked cross and maybe didn’t see a lot of the ball against Celtic but he can cause problems to many teams. Linked with a summer move to Wolves before Rangers signed him shows that Premier League teams want him but if they watched this game they may rethink. He is a left back by trade and Rangers would benefit more by playing him there

Right Midfield- Scott Brown

The midfielder played slightly out of position over on the right but as always put in a very solid committed performance and may have been the reason why Lee Wallace struggled to have an impact. Linked with the Premier League most transfer windows so obviously a lot of teams have liked the look however his temperament and sometimes stupid tackling may have put them off. For me he is very overrated and would not succeed in the Premier League but the majority of the Celtic fans love him and they watch him week in week out therefore this gives a good indication that he may be good enough for the Premier League

Sone Aluko

Poor game for him. Is known for his pace and didn’t show any of it, lacked quality while he was on the pitch and was rightly substituted. Being sold as a youngster by Birmingham City could have been damaging but he got his head down at Aberdeen and showed that he could perform at a good level earning him a move to Rangers. Aluko has struggled at the start of his Rangers career being banned for two games for diving to win a penalty but Ally McCoist seems to like him and started him in one of the biggest games of the season. He doesn’t seem to be good enough for the Premier League and if he wants to play in England it will be the Championship

Centre Midfield- Victor Wanyama

Being linked with a move to Newcastle if Cheick Tiote leaves the club which shows that in his short spell at Celtic he is already proving a massive success. Not seen much of Wanyama but he impressed me against Rangers with the way he broke up the play and played it simple so the more attacking players can do their jobs while he quietly but effectively did his. Only joining the club in the summer and already being linked away shows his quality and shows that he may be too good for the SPL. Expect a few Premier League teams to be sniffing around and with Roy Hodgson and David Moyes at the game the Kenyan must have caught the eye

Beram Kayal

Man of the match in my eyes and unfortunately had to go off injured, it looked quite bad so hopefully won’t be as bad as it looked. In his second season at the club he is showing why Celtic signed him from Maccabi Haifa already winning one SPL player of the month. He looks as though he will have a bright future in the game and will at some point play for a top team in one of the top European Leagues. He is very calm on the ball and always seemed to know where his teammates were. This ability means he could perform in the Premier League and could well fit into the way Arsenal play with him liking the ball on the floor and playing it quickly and accurately

Lee McCulloch

Seems his best years are past him and with him already having a spell in the Premier League with Wigan it is very unlikely he is going to end his career anywhere else but Rangers. Surprisingly when he was in the Premier League he was seen as a left winger or occasionally a striker but now he is a holding midfielder or centre back which shows he has lost his legs. Solid player for Rangers and will be happy with that.

Steven Davis

Coming through the Aston Villa youth team and playing nearly 100 league games for them shows he was highly rated as a youngster but his transfer to Fulham seemed to have knocked his confidence after a terrible season there. Signing for Rangers breathed new life into the Northern Ireland midfielder and is producing the form that makes him his countries best midfielder. Comfortable playing anywhere in the midfield is a huge advantage to Rangers and as he has won the SPFA Players’ Player of the year award in 2010 shows that he can hit the heights which could make him a valuable asset in the Premier League. I think given the right club he could prove to be a huge success

Striker- Gary Hooper

Not one of his better nights but he knows where the back of the net is and was very unlucky to be called offside when running through when he was clearly onside against Rangers. With a goal scoring record of better than 1 in 2 for Celtic he is one of the most feared strikers in Scotland. When he is at Scunthorpe he scored a lot of goals which proves he can definitely do the business in England but would he succeed in the Premier League? I think given the right service he would definitely score goals but who would take that risk on giving him the chance. Possibly Everton is they could afford him.

Georgios Samaras

Not a prolific scorer in any stretch of the imagination but he seems to be doing a good job for Celtic however he most definitely splits opinions among their fans with some seeing him as a waste of space and others seeing him as a very useful player. His time at Manchester City was not the greatest but he was quite young and did show glimpses of quality. However he looked like a fish out of water and could not get to grips with the physical game but now he has played in the SPL maybe he will be more suited to the Premier League but i highly doubt anyone will take another chance on him.

Kyle Lafferty

The former Burnley player signed for Rangers for £3.25million and Burnley will be very happy with how much they got for him. He looks like he has some ability but that is a lot of money for a player that has never really looked good enough for the Premier League. Whether he plays up front or on the wing his height is very helpful when the ball comes into the box but against Celtic he was too easily dominated and didn’t get a sniff of a chance. He may sign for a Premier League one day but at this moment in his career I cannot see many teams battling it out for his services

Nikica Jelavic

He has been a revelation for Rangers scoring lots of goals ranging from the spectacular to tap ins and looks like a player that is far too good to stay in the SPL however against Celtic he did not perform and his first touch was way off. Like Hooper he averages better than a goal in 2 games and has had many teams having a look at him. Leicester City had a bid rejected for him in the summer but I think he can do a lot better than a team in the Championship and teams like Aston Villa or Sunderland could do with his finishing ability.