Date: 22nd July 2015
HAVING covered the first six Premier League teams here, we now look at how the remaining six Premiership teams have done so far in this year’s transfer window. We have also had a go at predicting the final league standings based on the market movement so far.
Inverness Caley Thistle
Caley Thistle excelled last season, lifting their maiden Scottish Cup and earning their first foray into European football after finishing third. This has not helped them stem the flow of players leaving the Highlands, though, with the influential Graeme Shinnie joining Aberdeen and the impressive Marley Watkins moving south of the border to Barnsley. This may see them fall short of replicating their excellent last campaign, with Nat Wedderburn joining from Cowdenbeath and Stevenage striker Dani Lopez unlikely to fully fill the voids left by players like Billy Mckay and Shinnie.
Gary Locke has, so far, utilised his Hearts connections to the full this window, with Scott Robinson moving to Ayr to be reunited with his former boss. Ex-Jambos forward Dale Carrick and keeper Jamie MacDonald have also moved to Killie, while former star striker Kris Boyd has returned to his happiest hunting ground after an underwhelming spell at Rangers. Locke will be hoping he will return to the former scoring levels which lit up Rugby Park, and has also brought in Kallum Higginbotham from Partick Thistle should the former Scotland international prove to be past his best.
Hoping to avoid the play-off drama of last season will be top of Ian Baraclough’s targets this season, and he has managed to convince former fans’ favourite Scott McDonald to stay another season having re-joined halfway through the last. The Australia international was an integral part of Well staying up at the expense of Rangers, but they were powerless to stop another key member Lee Erwin from moving south to join Leeds United. The loss of his striking ability, as well as that of departed John Sutton, will heap more pressure on McDonald to hit the ground running. Baraclough has also sought to fix the leaky defence which caused them so much trouble, bringing in ex-Sunderland youth Louis Laing and Joe Chalmers from Celtic.
There has been a level of disappointment for many Jags fans with their summer signings so far this summer, with goalkeeper Tomas Cerny and defender Callum Booth both joining from Championship side Hibernian despite being deemed surplus to requirements in that league. Former Liverpool striker David Amoo’s pace could make him a success at Firhill, while Gary Miller should be a success in defence having joined from the Saints. Lost goalie Scott Fox to Ross County and Stephen O’Donnell to Luton Town.
Jim McIntyre has prepared for his first season at Dingwall with a near-overhaul of the squad, with 14 players leaving the Highland club. Looking to build his own squad, he has brought in Ian McShane from Queen of the South for an undisclosed fee, Scott Fox from Partick Thistle, Brian Graham and Michael Gardyne from Dundee United and Richard Foster from Rangers, just to name a few. Lost defender Paul Quinn to Aberdeen, and much of the Staggies success this season will rest on how quickly McIntyre’s new signings can bed in with the existing squad.
The Saints look to have signed an excellent prospect in Brad McKay, the Hearts centre-back has good experience in the Premiership already, despite still only being 22. Gaffer Tommy Wright has also resigned midfielder Liam Craig after he left Hibernian, as well as the experienced but ageing John Sutton up front. The Saints have lost the creative prowess of James McFadden and Danny Swanson, so the pressure will be on Sutton and Graham Cummins, another striking recruit, to take the chances which may sometimes be few and far between.
Predicted League Table
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