1. Will Scotland get six factors out of six in opposition to Lithuania and Malta over the subsequent seven days?
Anthony Haggerty: After the morale boosting draw in opposition to England we NEED six factors to completely resurrect a marketing campaign that seemed lifeless within the water. I’m taking Gordon Strachan’s males to do exactly that. Scotland expects and all that. It’s time to ship.
Craig Swan: Scotland will get the six factors required to take this into deciding video games in opposition to Slovakia and Slovenia in October. The momentum is with them after the final two outcomes.
Gavin Berry: No, 4 factors. Just like the Georgia away sport within the Euro 2016 qualifier, the Friday night time journey to Vilnius is fraught with hazard. The plastic pitch is already turning into a difficulty and it’s the kind of fixture the place Scotland normally slip up. A attract Lithuania after which a win at dwelling to Malta.
Gordon Parks: Most likely not. Lithuania have been the higher facet at Hampden final October and there’s little to counsel Scotland have improved in that point.
It’s a case of hoping it’’ll be alright on the night time however you wouldn’t guess on it and Malta received’t be a formality.
2. How will Celtic fare of their Champions League group?
AH: It’s a mouth-watering group and ending third over Anderlecht ought to be Celtic’s main intention.
Nonetheless Celtic Park on a Champions League night time does unusual issues to the gamers who play in that inexperienced and white hooped shirt. Many big-hitters have come and gone with their tails between their legs up to now and also you wouldn’t put it previous Brendan Rodgers facet to offer Bayern or PSG a bloody nostril within the dwelling leg.
CS: As long as they don’t lose to Anderlecht in Brussels subsequent month, it’ll go proper to the wire and a MatchDay Six win over the Belgians will present a Europa League play-of spot. That’ll be positive blended with some encouraging shows in opposition to the large two.
GB: A 3rd place end behind huge weapons Bayern and PSG. And Celtic will take that. A little bit of glamour and European soccer past Christmas. They don’t have anything to concern from Anderlecht and might pip the Belgians to 3rd spot.
GP: It’s a case of having fun with the glamour video games in opposition to Bayern and PSG and saving face earlier than attempting financial institution the factors in opposition to Anderlecht. It’ll be the clashes in opposition to the Belgians which can determine in the event that they’ll nonetheless in Europe after Christmas however third spot is greater than achievable.
three. Can Aberdeen get nearer to Celtic this season?
AH: The Reds have made a incredible begin and so they have a supervisor in Derek McInnes who actually is on the prime of his sport. He has assembled an impressive squad of gamers and they’re definitely going to have a crack at it that’s for positive.
The Dons additionally should guarantee that on the uncommon events that Celtic do slip up – like they did this weekend- that they take full benefit.
CS: Undoubtedly. They’ve realized to deal with expectation and their supervisor has purchased properly. Aberdeen have been a credit score to themselves over the previous 4 years.
GB: Celtic can’t be anticipated to have one other league marketing campaign like final season so the reply is sure. However even when they cut back the hole by 10 factors it might nonetheless be 20 factors so nothing a lot to get enthusiastic about when it comes to a title race.
GP: Why not? The Dons are extra compact each defensively and in midfield and so they have added a spark into their attacking play with Ryan Christie, Stevie Could and Gary Mackay-Steven.
four. Can Dunfermline maintain their problem on the prime of the Championship?
AH: Allan Johnston definitely seems to be to be working his ‘Magic’ at East Finish Park. Johnston is a vastly under-rated coach and the Pars have proven some positive early promise however it’s only a begin. If they’re nonetheless in the identical place after Christmas then they should be taken significantly as credible Championship challengers.
CS: Why not? They’ve a cracking squad and spending cash doesn’t assure others success within the Championship. Simply ask Rangers.
GB: It’s been a superb begin for the Pars however the play-offs continues to be prone to be the most effective they’ll hope for and that may nonetheless be an important achievement of their first season again within the Championship.
GP: A pal was at their sport on Saturday and mentioned the Pars are probably the most entertaining facet he’s watched this season. It’s nice to see a crew enjoying with two wingers and though it’s asking loads for them to go the space, they’re able to staying in rivalry.