The wild Scottish Premiership ride officially begins ahead of Sunday Celtic show

By John McGinley

July 30, 2022

The Scottish Premiership is officially back for a new season, with four top-flight matches taking place this afternoon across the country.

Livingston and Rangers were first up in West Lothian this lunchtime live on Sky Sports, with the home side giving last season’s runners-up a scare with an early Joel Nouble goal.

As you would probably expect, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side came back into the game and managed to score two goals in the second half to secure the three points with a 2-1 result.

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There’ll be more drama shortly too with St Johnstone facing Hibs, Kilmarnock in action at home to Dundee United and Hearts hosting Ross County – all kicking off at 3pm.

Tomorrow, Motherwell play away to St Mirren before Celtic close out the weekend with a special flag day show at home to in form Aberdeen, again live on Sky Sports.

The game in Livingston today was evidence, if needed, that this season will be full of as many twists and turns as last term. There was nothing really to fear in Rangers’ performance from a Celtic point of view, but they’ll find their way to win most games in 2022/23.

It’s going to be a wild journey, to say the least, with lots of excitement, a few sickening goals and – hopefully – plenty of Celtic excellence.

Ange Postecoglou alluded to the unpredictable times in his press conference yesterday, telling our friends at GIGPOD: “We’ll just enjoy the ride, we had our ups and downs last year but we stuck together.

“As I always say it is how you feel when you get off the helicopter that is important. I’m sure it will be the same this year, but hopefully, at the end the fans get off and say ‘that was a hell of a ride, let’s go again.'”

Celtic now have the chance to lay down a marker in front of a sold-out Paradise tomorrow. Aberdeen will be tough opponents but there’s expectancy of a strong Bhoys result and performance.

In other news, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou’s first media zinger of the new season.