Thankfully the hectic 2018-2019 SPFL program returns again this Wednesday, after a very welcome break for all the players.

It was a nightmare, of course, for the fans who really missed their football during the enforced four-week winter shutdown.

It is a surprising league campaign this season, with quite a few shock placings from Kilmarnock, St Johnstone and Livingston, who are all doing much better than normal.

There are five teams within six points of each other at the top end of the table, which has added much-needed spark to the full season competition.

Celtic and Rangers are on 42 points, Kilmarnock have amassed an unbelievable 41, Aberdeen lie fourth on 39 and Hearts are fifth on 36.

Part of the competitiveness is due to Rangers and Celtic struggling to win enough points in their away matches.

Let’s look at how badly Scotland’s top two teams have performed on the road.

In Rangers first 10 away games, they accumulated only a paltry 16 points out of a possible 30.

It could prove to be disastrous if that kind of form persisted throughout the season. 

Believe it or not, Celtic have performed even worse than Rangers, with only 15 points accrued from their 11 away ties completed.

Dropping a whopping 18 points on their travels is certainly not title-winning form this season.

Especially as it looks like Rangers have stolen a march on them, with some sparkling new winter shutdown signings.

Experienced striker Jermain Defoe and Northern Irish star Steven Davis should create a massive input to Rangers’ chances of being more successful this year. 

Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic are gambling with younger, inexperienced loan deals, which could easily backfire on their efforts for silverware.

If Rangers can build on their 1-0 win over Celtic in late December, which proved just how vulnerable this season’s Celtic can be, then the wait for a trophy could end this term. 


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