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Craig Fowler

Six biggest gripes with the 2017/18 Premiership fixture list

Today saw the release of the Ladbrokes Premiership fixture list for the 2017/18 season. When the SPFL makes the announcement, or any announcement in fact, it’s usually met with widespread derision from the fans of Scottish football. We love our football in this country, and we love moaning about it even more.

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Hibs and Rangers will meet on the second weekend of the season for the first time since the 2016 Scottish Cup final. Picture: Neil Hanna

9 tasty encounters in the 2017/18 Scottish Premiership

After the fixture list was announced by the SPFL earlier today, we look at nine of the most keenly anticipated matches in the opening months of the new Ladbrokes Premiership season.

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Rafal Grzelak, right, with youngster Rory Currie in Hearts training. Picture: SNS

Four things Hearts fans should know about Rafal Grzelak

Last week, Hearts agreed to sign free agent Rafal Grzelak on a two-year-deal. Here, Craig Fowler gives some insight into the Polish arrival.

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Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll currently plays for Linfield. Picture: SNS

Five things Celtic fans should know about Linfield

Barring a first-round upset, Celtic will meet Linfield in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. Here’s everything you need to know about the Northern Irish champions...

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In rejecting Sunderland, Derek McInnes may have been feeling loyal to the players he would have left behind. Picture: SNS.

Craig Fowler: Derek McInnes’ loyalty bucks trend in Scotland

Derek McInnes’ decision to turn down Sunderland, an English club which has spent the past ten years in the Premier League and whose team regularly play in front of 40,000-plus crowds, to stay at Aberdeen is almost unprecedented in today’s Scottish football landscape. A world in which the manager of Hearts leaves for the riches of MK Dons, the Hibs boss to the lure of Rotherham, and the Kilmarnock gaffer to Bury, a club which your average fan only recognises through fixed-odds lists and Gillette Soccer Saturday.

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Jonny Hayes celebrates after scoring against in the Scottish Cup final. Picture: SNS

What Celtic are getting in Aberdeen winger Jonny Hayes

Celtic have completed a deal for the Irish international worth £1.3million. Here’s Craig Fowler’s take on the transfer

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Dundee's new signing Scott Allan. Picture: SNS

What Dundee will be getting in Celtic midfielder Scott Allan

Dundee completed the signing of the 25-year-old on a season-long loan from Celtic yesterday. Here’s what Craig Fowler thinks of the transfer

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Rangers are confident of signing Mexican international Carlos Pena. Picture: AFP/Getty

What Rangers will be getting in midfielder Carlos Pena

Rangers have reportedly agreed a deal for the Mexican international, subject to a work permit. Here’s what Craig Fowler makes of the impending transfer.

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Eduardo Herrera is close to completing his move to Rangers. Picture: AFP/Getty

Four things Rangers fans should know about Eduardo Herrera

Rangers have reportedly agreed a deal to sign the Mexican international from Club Universidad Nacional (Pumas), subject to a work permit. Here’s everything you need to know about the striker, who once played for Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha in a loan spell at Santos Laguna.

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Fabio Cardoso is on the verge of joining Rangers. Picture: Getty

What Rangers would be getting in defender Fabio Cardoso

Rangers are reportedly closing in on a deal to sign the Portuguese defender from Vitória Setúbal for around £1.3million. Craig Fowler has been researching the player’s strengths and weaknesses.

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Rangers target Dalcio arrives into Glasgow Airport. Picture: SNS

Four things Rangers fans should know about Dalcio

Rangers are closing in on the capture of 21-year-old Benfica prospect Dalcio on a season-long loan. Here’s everything you need to know about the player.

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Scott Brown rebounded in style this year after a poor campaign. Picture: SNS

The top 50 players in Scottish football this season (10-1)

The final part in Craig Fowler’s list counting down the SPFL’s best players from the 2016/17 season.

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Bruno Alves in action for Fenerbahce against Celtic in 2015. Picture: SNS

What Rangers will be getting in centre-back Bruno Alves

Rangers secured the signing of Bruno Alves from Cagliari on a two-year deal on Wednesday. Craig Fowler gives his take on the transfer

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Shay Logan had another excellent season for Aberdeen. Picture: SNS

The top 50 players in Scottish football this season (20-11)

Part four in Craig Fowler’s list counting down the SPFL’s best players from the 2016/17 season.

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Celtic's Leigh Griffiths has been excellent despite falling behind Moussa Dembele in the Parkhead pecking order. Picture: SNS

The top 50 players in Scottish football this season (30-21)

Part three in Craig Fowler’s list counting down the SPFL’s best players from the 2016/17 season.

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Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has been in fine form this campaign. Picture: John Devlin

The top 50 players in Scottish football this season (40-31)

Part two in Craig Fowler’s list counting down the SPFL’s best players from the 2016/17 season.

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Simon Murray netted 18 goals in all competitions this past season. Picture: SNS

What Hibs are getting in Dundee United striker Simon Murray

With Hibs on the verge of confirming Simon Murray as their second summer signing, Craig Fowler looks at what the player could bring to Easter Road

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Jamie Walker netted into double figures for Hearts. Picture: Ian Georgeson

The top 50 players in Scottish football this season (50-41)

Part one in Craig Fowler’s list counting down the SPFL’s best players from the 2016/17 season.

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Christophe Berra returns to Tynecastle eight years after departing. Picture: Ian Rutherford

What Hearts will be getting in returning defender Christophe Berra

Hearts have secured the signing of 32-year-old Christophe Berra on a three-year deal. Craig Fowler gives his take on the deal

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers after his side clinched their unbeaten season with a win over Hearts. Picture: PA

How Brendan Rodgers went old school to earn win over Hearts

The Celtic boss came up with a modern version of the once ubiquitous but now extinct 2-3-5 system to get the better of a stuffy Hearts side, as Craig Fowler writes

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