Scottish Premiership winners and losers: Celtic's new star, Rangers' tenacity and fans, Hibs and Allan, Sam Cosgrove Ballon d'Or, rampant Ross County, hapless Hamilton
The Scottish Premiership kicked off the 2019/2020 season.
By Joel Sked
Monday, 5th August 2019, 1:55 pm
We look back at the weekend's action, from Celtic laying down a marker, to Rangers leaving it late to send their fans wild, a topsy turvy encounter between Aberdeen and Hearts, plus big misseses and dreadful defending.
The Aberdeen striker came into the season looking to dispel doubts that his goals last season were no more than a purple patch. His double against Hearts took him to eight in five games this campaign.
Some Hearts fans wondered why Dikamona excelled in the derby win over Hibs back in December but was rarely seen. Then Aberdeen happened. Rash tackle on McGinn to concede the penalty, similar to another challenge in the first half.
Aberdeen were without their big summer signing in Craig Bryson, yet Greg Leigh, Funso Ojo, Ryan Hedges and Sam Gallagher, in particular, all contributed positively in the win over Hearts.
A hat-trick, including two screamers, the perfect way to announce yourself as Celtic's key No.10 for the season.
Lennon has put belief in the youngster, ahead of Scott Sinclair. He put Celtic ahead with an excellent opener.
No shots on target, no corners, 24 per cent possession. Hapless.
The playmaker pushed and probed as Hibs struggled to get the breakthrough against a robust St Mirren rearguard. Then with minutes ticking down he produced the moment fans were waiting for.
He produced a lovely lay-off for Allan's goal but either side of winner he missed two open goals. Not a good start to the league season for a striker who cost six figures.
The Romanian has big gloves to fill, taking over from Daniel Bachmann. He showed against Rangers that there is plenty of promise with a couple of excellent stops.
The Ibrox side dropped 10 points in the league last season from goals conceded in the last 15 minutes of matches. It looked like that would be the case once more but they kept going until the end and got a big winner.
Over exuberance of wanting to celebrate with the players after a late winners can be forgive and understood. But fans, Rangers in this instance, need to be more aware and show a wee bit more sensibility with a disabled section of the ground breaking.
There were number of impressive Ross County performers in their win over Accies. Chalmers may have been the best of the lot. Not only did he take his goal really well he put in a dynamic and composed display in the centre of the pitch.
Is this the season Accies, who are often fans and pundits' tip for the drop, could be relegated? On Saturday's showing, yes. Despite a five-man defence they were disorganised and put up little resistance, A worrying display.
Another season of moaning about plastic pitches. It is something which is tiresome. They are part of Scottish football and provide a convenient excuse when you don't win on them.