The opening weekend of the 2015-16 Ladbrokes SPFL season certainly generated a number of talking points, not least when Rangers opened their Championship campaign with an impressive, if slightly jittery, 3-1 win over St. Mirren.
Kicking off the new campaign on Friday night, the Gers were in full attacking flow against the Saints with the Ibrox club’s eye-catching performance only fuelling the hype surrounding their title credentials.
Here’s a rundown of some of the big talking points following the first round of fixtures…
Rangers look the real deal, Hibs are going the opposite way
Hibernian were supposed to be the main threat to Rangers’ hopes of a Premiership return but Alan Stubbs’ side have endured a stuttering start to the season.
Thrashed by the Gers in the cup late last month, the Edinburgh club’s fortunes took another turn for the worse with a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Dumbarton on Saturday.
Stubbs has since blasted his under-performing squad and promised to ring the changes. He’s even gone so far as claiming that a few of his players are “hiding” behind the recent Scott Allan transfer saga and using it as an excuse for their poor recent form.
Meanwhile, Rangers’ 3-1 win over the Saints outlined their impressive progress in just a few short months since Mark Warburton took charge. It wasn’t all plain sailing but the fans are back onside and they can expect plenty of entertainment this term.
Livingston in for another long, hard slog
Livi’s website claims that their 3-0 defeat to Raith Rovers was a scoreline that flattered the hosts but we predict another tough season ahead for the West Lothian club.
Having narrowly avoided relegated from the Ladbrokes Championship last term this was not the start manager Mark Burchill would have wanted.
Conceding a goal within the first eight minutes of the match set the tone for the afternoon as Raith emerged unscathed and the Lions were forced to go back to the drawing board.
Dunfermline determined to finally deliver
The Pars were hugely disappointing last term but the pre-season favourites have a new found determination and this was evident in their 6-1 demolition of Brechin.
New manager Allan Johnston has assembled a good mix of youth and experience at East End Park and that’ll stand Dunfermline in good stead in their bid to escape League 1 at the third time of asking.
Clyde need to keep digging in
Clyde have also found the burden of being labelled their division’s leading fancies tough to bear.
But The Bully Wee made a positive start in seeing off 10-man Stirling Albion to record a 1-0 win on the opening day and will need more of the same to maintain a promotion charge.
Barry Ferguson’s outfit host weekend losers Queen’s Park this Tuesday as they look to build some momentum.
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