Who will be the top scorer in League 1?

League could have an interesting race for top goal scorer because there are some good players in the division that should be able to hit the back of the net often.

Going straight into it the clear favourite to win the golden boot in the division is Leigh Griffiths. He has come back to Wolves and not only will he have a point to prove he will also be very confident after getting 28 goals in 40 games for Hibernian last season. If he can get that many in the SPL you would think he could at least replicate it in League 1. But he does need the service and hopefully his teammates can support his efforts.

Clayton Donaldson has always been a good goal scorer throughout his career and although he has never quite got enough to be the top man this year could be different. He hit 24 goals in all competitions last year and with Brentford looking like they are going to be contenders again it would not be surprising if he surpassed that mark.

Bristol City striker Sam Baldock may have made some mistakes in choosing who he is going to sign for but he will be a very important player for the Robins. After a fairly poor spell at West Ham United where he suffered from too much competition and injuries he is hoping to find the form he had at MK Dons. In the Championship last season he got 9 in 24 games so he is definitely back in the groove and has remembered where the goal is once more.

Leon Clarke is another player that has made a few mistakes in his career and has not really lived up to his potential but he seems to have found somewhere that he is happy and confident. There may be problems currently at Coventry City but if he can do the business on the pitch then that will make the fans a little happier. At Scunthorpe he got 11 goals in 15 games and then followed that up with 10 goals in 14 games so if he has that goal scoring record over a full season then nobody will be able to stop him.

Another Brentford striker makes the list and it is their new signing Will Grigg. To me he is more of an outsider because looking at his career he has only had one prolific season and in his other years his record is not too great. But he is only 22 and maybe now he has developed and is starting to fulfil his potential. If him and Donaldson can get a good partnership going then it will be a profitable season for both players.

I think that Leigh Griffiths will finish top scorer but I think if Leon Clarke was at a club with a little more security then he would have got very close to him.

Who will be the top goalscorer in League 2?

Finishing top scorer in any division would be a very good achievement and for the players in League 2 their goals could get their team promoted.

It is always difficult to predict who is going to finish top scorer because it is impossible to predict what injuries will occur and whether players will be able to maintain their form for a whole season but it can always be fun to try and choose.

The first player that caught my eye is the Portsmouth striker David Connolly because he has a lot of experience and knows where the back of the net is. I think Portsmouth will be the team to beat in League 2 and he will get a lot of chances to score so as long as he manages to be first choice then he will definitely be a contender. Seven goals in 17 games was not a bad return for the 36 year old in the league above so he should be confident this season.
David Connolly
Fellow Portsmouth striker Tom Craddock may also be in the running for exactly the same reasons. Portsmouth are expected to challenge and this is because they have a talented strike force and will cause everyone in the division problems. At Oxford United he had a pretty good record although not as prolific as he would have liked he still showed his potential and 10 in 32 league games last year is not a bad return but I am expecting a lot better this season.
Tom Craddock
Deon Burton is another experienced striker that knows where the back of the net is and he will probably feel a little disappointed that he is not playing in League 1 next season because he helped Gillingham to promotion by scoring 11 times in 37 games. Burton has nearly 150 career goals and I am certain he will surpass that mark comfortably next season as he has had success before under manager Brian Laws.
Chesterfield’s new signing Eoin Doyle will be hoping to make a positive impression in England after signing from Hibernian in the summer. I haven’t actually seen Doyle play that much but he did reach double figures in the SPL last season in a team that struggled for long periods so he obviously can be a threat to League 2 defences. His time at Sligo Rovers was successful and if he can get close to his tally of 25 in his last season at the club then he will be near the top of the scoring charts.
Eoin Doyle
My final choice is yet another older professional but I just think experience could be more vital than ever in the Football League this season. Jamie Cureton is a goal scorer and has proved it time and time again throughout his career and had another phenomenal season last year with Exeter City and I think he will do even better at Cheltenham Town with them being one of the most consistent teams in the division. They will be a good shout for the playoffs and if Cureton is on form then they could even finish in the top three this year.
I think Jamie Cureton will finish as top scorer this year with Tom Craddock not too far behind.

Who will be the next Everton manager?

Everton are searching for a new manager after David Moyes decided to take over at Manchester United when Sir Alex Ferguson retires.

Moyes, did a fantastic job and deserves a lot of credit for what he has done at the club and even though he has not delivered any trophies in his time at the club, he has certainly raised the profile of the club and made them a much better side then when he first took over. I am sure there will be some Everton fans that are disappointed in Moyes leaving but that is to be expected but they must surely understand this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, not only for him to manage Manchester United but for a British manager to be in charge of one of the top clubs in the Premier League. Personally, I hope he does really well as this will encourage other clubs to take a chance on British managers rather than constantly looking abroad. His 42.05% win record is very good, especially when you consider that they battled against relegation a few times under him. But, now it is time to look for a new manager to continue the good work of Moyes.

Roberto Martinez is the favourite for the job and I can fully understand why he is being linked with the job. Martinez has got Wigan Athletic playing some good football and if he had better players at his disposal I think he could replicate the finishing positions of Moyes. If Wigan do go down I do think he will leave and I don’t think that should put Everton off getting him in as boss. He is good at bringing in good players at low prices and finding young talent that will go onto bigger and better things and although Everton aren’t a selling club, they do not have a lot of money to spend on transfers so this is a perfect fit.

Someone that has been linked with the job early on is Vitor Pereira and I was very surprised with this. He is currently the manager of Porto and has had a very good start to his managerial career but he was heavily criticised because of their elimination from the Champions League and this may just make him want to leave the club in the summer. He may turn out to be successful and follow in the wings of Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas in becoming a good Premier League manager.

Neil Lennon is also linked with the job and this could be possible because he has won nearly everything at Celtic and at the moment the SPL certainly isn’t very strong and they should walk the league for a number of years to come. This could mean that he wants a new challenge and a good move for him could be Everton and I would like to see how well he would do in England. However, I do think he could be a risky choice because even with all his trophies, he is largely untested at a good level.

Others linked with the job are Phil Neville, Michael Laudrup and Martin O’Neill.

Who will be Coventry City’s next manager?

Coventry City are looking for a new manager again this season after Mark Robins decided to leave for Huddersfield Town.

Robins has improved Coventry a lot from when he took over and now it does seem like a good club to join again as they are in the battle for the playoffs and could get promoted this year, which didn’t look likely at all when he first took charge. Lee Carsley has been named as the caretaker manager and he will try his best to stake his claim for the job if he wants it permanently. What is quite worrying though is that the club are now looking for their 12th manager in a number of years. I am slightly surprised that Robins decided to leave but to be fair to him he is getting another chance to be successful in the Championship. However, he was building something at Coventry and there was certainly more of a feel good fact around the club after many years of disappointment and failure. He was only in charge for 33 matches but he did win 17 of those and only lost seven league games in total. So who can carry on his good work or at least bring a bit of continuity to the club?

The favourite for the job is current Falkirk manager Steven Pressley. This to me is quite a strange one as he hasn’t been able to get Falkirk promoted back to the SPL yet and has only been a manager since 2010 so he doesn’t quite have the experience yet. Falkirk are currently fifth in the First Division of Scotland and there isn’t a chance of them getting promoted again this year. But he does work with a lot of young players and there isn’t a lot of money at the club so his 41.35% win record isn’t too bad.

Second favourite and possibly a better appointment is Phil Brown. Throughout his managerial career he has been slightly hit and miss but he does still have experience in the higher leagues and could use this to his advantage. However, his last spell in management at Preston North End didn’t go too well and he struggled to get them competing at the top of the table which was expected so he may not be able to do it at Coventry. But, he does deserve another chance in my opinion and could get the club back into the Championship.

Finally, another inexperienced manager has been linked to the post and that is former Coventry player Andy Morrell. He played 111 times for the club scoring 19 goals so he will obviously want to impress the fans once again. Even though he is inexperienced he does have a fantastic record as a manager so far at Wrexham winning 48 of his 81 games and guiding the club to second in the Conference Premier. The only problem is that he may not be able to make the jump up to League 1 and he may need time but this might not be given.

Others linked with the role are Eric Black, Peter Houston and Richard Money.

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.

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.

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.