The Scottish Premiership kicks off on Saturday, and here at freebets.com, we take a closer look at the top tier of football north of the border in our Scottish Premiership Preview.
We analyse each team’s chances for the season ahead with some added value tips that will hopefully lead to some profit come next May.
Aberdeen (Title odds - 150/1)
It’s been a solid start for Aberdeen after a poor campaign last term, and they’ve won all four of their League Cup matches to date without conceding a goal.
Manager Jim Goodwin has seen Lewis Ferguson head off to Serie A to join Bologna, but the deal worth £3 million has allowed the Dons to splash the cash over the summer, including the capture of North Macedonia striker Bojan Miovski from MTK Budapest.
Miovski joins former teammate Ylber Ramadani at Pittodrie with the Dons looking to the Eastern European market in the hunt for some unearthed gems.
Aberdeen had consistently been top three finishers in the Scottish Premiership under Derek McInnes but struggled under Stephen Glass last season before the arrival of Goodwin.
And having spent significantly in the transfer window, Aberdeen fans expect their side to be once more challenging for a European spot.
Celtic (Title odds - 4/6)
Ange Postecoglou was a breath of fresh air to both Celtic and Scottish football last season, and having steered the Hoops to the title, it’s likely to be more of the same this term.
Celtic’s main work over the summer was sealing Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota on permeant deals following excellent loan spells, plus the addition of Benjamin Siegriest and young Argentinian left-back Alexandro Bernabei.
Postecoglou is meticulous at signing players he knows will work in his system, and it’s likely to be another dominant domestic display from the Glasgow side.
They are also back in the Champions League, having qualified directly for the group stages, and it will be interesting to see how this relatively young squad deals against the top teams in Europe.
Greek striker Georgios Giakoumakis was joint top-scorer in the Scottish Premiership table last term, bagging 13 goals in 23 matches. With more game time likely this season - he looks a great price at 5/1 with William Hill to top the charts this time.
Dundee United (Title odds - 1000/1)
Jack Ross is the new man in charge at Tannadice following the departure of Tam Courts to Budapest Honved over the summer.
United finished 4th last season, and they could once again be pushing for a European slot this time around.
Ross knows the Scottish game well and has made two significant moves recently - signing veteran striker Stephen Fletcher and young midfielder Dylan Levitt.
Fletcher may be 35, but he still can score 10+ goals this season, while Levitt looked an excellent prospect last season when on loan from Manchester United.
United can be tricky to break down at Tannadice, and they’ll be aiming for another strong home record this season as they push for a top 6 finish.
Hibernian (Title odds - 150/1)
It’s been a tricky start for Hibs, knocked out of the League Cup at the group stage, and it could be another long season for the Easter Road side.
Having sacked both Jack Ross and Shaun Maloney last season, the new boss is Lee Johnson, and he’s already a man under pressure.
Throw onto the fire that Hibs first two home matches this season are against Rangers and Hearts, and it could be a torrid August for the Hibees.
Johnson has signed several young players, including Nohan Kenneh from Leeds, but he’s also gone for experience by bringing Aidan McGeady.
Hibs need a solid start to their league campaign, or they could be looking for their third manager in a year if Johnson cannot galvanise the squad.
Hearts (Title odds - 80/1)
Across Edinburgh at Tynecastle, though, it’s been more of a relaxed summer for Hearts boss Robbie Neilson who has maintained the bulk of last season’s squad that finished 3rd.
And with guaranteed European football until Christmas for the Jambos, Neilson has brought in some shrewd-looking signings, including Alan Forrest from Livingston and Lawrence Shankland from Beerschot.
Shankland has the capacity to score plenty of goals, and if Hearts can get him firing once more, there is no reason that 3rd place can’t be theirs again.
The Heart’s striker is 18/1 with William Hill to top the scoring charts, and he looks a solid each-way bet with three places on offer.
Kilmarnock (Title odds - 1000/1)
Kilmarnock bounced back to the Scottish Premiership at the first time of asking, taking the top spot in the Scottish Championship to seal promotion under boss Derek McInnes.
McInnes has looked to bring in some top-tier experience coupled with the exuberance of younger loan signings as he aims to consolidate Killie’s position in the top league.
The Ayrshire side’s promotion was helped by striker Kyle Lafferty scoring eight goals in 14 appearances last season. With plenty of Scottish Premiership experience, Lafferty’s goals could be crucial to their survival.
There’s likely to be a bounce factor to Kilmarnock following their promotion, and although likely to be in the bottom six, they should avoid being dragged into any relegation battle.
Livingston (Title odds - 500/1)
Livingston finished last season in the bottom six but enjoyed a solid end to their campaign, and boss David Martindale will be hoping his side can carry that over to this season.
Livi have looked suspect in the League Cup, though, with a leaking defence and disciplinary issues hindering their progress.
Martindale has had to deal exclusively with free transfers over the summer and has brought in players from as far afield as Australia to help bolster his squad.
They are always a tough team to beat at the Tony Macaroni Arena, but another bottom-six finish looks likely for the Lions once more.
Motherwell (Title odds - 750/1)
Despite winning two league matches since February, Motherwell grabbed a top-six place last season and a European place.
However, the alarm bells must be ringing around Fir Park on the back of their first-leg defeat to Sligo Rovers in their Europa League Conference qualifier.
Like Livingston, ‘Well boss Graham Alexander has operated in free transfers over the summer to try and bring in some quality, but this is a squad that looks set for a long hard season.
Odds of 9/1 with William Hill for them to finish bottom of the pile are tempting, and they’ll shorten considerably if the Steelmen lose their opening matches against St Johnstone and St Mirren.
Rangers (Title odds - 6/5)
It was a mixed season for Rangers last term - relinquishing their title to rivals Celtic but navigating their way to the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt.
And Gers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has seen two key players leave over the summer - midfield Joe Aribo to Southampton and defender Calvin Bassey to Ajax.
Both moves have seen the Glasgow side receive substantial cash, though, and van Bronckhorst has spent some of the funds bringing in Ben Davies from Liverpool and Rabbi Matondo from Schalke.
Rangers have also seen James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, Allan McGregor and Steven Davies all sign contract extensions over the summer.
With another hectic European fixture list likely, Rangers will have to juggle midweek football with their domestic push and Ange Postecoglou and Celtic appeared to have their number last season.
It’s likely Rangers could once again just come up short as they battle on all fronts at home and abroad.
Ross County (Title odds - 1000/1)
Despite sealing a top-six spot last season, Ross County head into this campaign as the bookmaker favourites for the drop.
County have seen their three top scorers last term leave the club, including Regan Charles-Cook, who bagged 13 goals to end the season as joint top-scorer.
Replacing that amount of goals is a tall order for a County squad that are traditionally short on numbers, and they face a tough start to the season - the Staggies face Hearts, Celtic and Rangers all before the end of August.
It could be a tricky campaign for Malky Mackay and his side, and a relegation battle could be on the horizon.
St Johnstone (Title odds - 1000/1)
St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson only remained in the hot seat at McDiarmid Park last term on the back of the Perth sides cup double the season before.
The Saints had a horrendous season and ended it by seeing off Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a two-legged playoff to keep their spot in the Scottish Premiership.
Patience in Davidson will not last long this time, though, if results don’t improve and the Perth side are already out of the League Cup, having won just two of their four matches, all against lower league sides.
A poor league start for St Johnstone will likely see Davidson depart, and another relegation struggle could well be on the agenda.
St Mirren (Title odds - 1000/1)
St Mirren are another side that are out of the League Cup after two wins from their four group games, and that could be a theme for the season for the Paisley side.
The Buddies struggled for goals last season, only relegated Dundee scored less, and it’s hard to see who Stephen Robinson’s side can rely on for goals this term.
They finished last season strongly, and their opening fixtures are on paper all winnable, but if they fail to pick up points early, they could be struggling at the foot of the table over the coming months.