The new Scottish Premiership season kicked off over the weekend and in terms of excitement and intrigue it didn’t disappoint. After the first round of fixtures it is Dundee who sit proudly at the top of the table. Their impressive 4-0 win over a lacklustre Kilmarnock side gives them the edge over Celtic, Motherwell, Aberdeen and Hearts who all registered 3 points. Paul Hartley’s men definitely put in the performance of the first round but it was at Tynecastle where we were treated to the game of the weekend. After unveiling the Championship flag before kick-off the fans were treated to a 4-3, seven goal thriller in favour of the home side.
Full results –
Celtic 2 – 0 Ross County
Hamilton 0 – 0 Partick Thistle
Inverness 0 – 1 Motherwell
Kilmarnock 0 – 4 Dundee
Hearts 4 – 3 St.Johnstone (Sunday)
Dundee Utd 0 – 1 Aberdeen (Sunday)
Player – The only reason Partick Thistle left New Douglas Park with a point on Saturday was because of goalkeeper Tomas Cerny. The former Hamilton player who was signed on a free from Hibernian put in a tremendous performance against his old side. After being reduced to 10 men the Partick side were under almost constant pressure from Hamilton and they needed some brilliant saves from the Czech keeper.
Performance/Result – Undoubtedly it was Dundee’s victory at Rugby Park. Big things are expected from the Dees this season and they got off to a flyer as they dismantled a very poor Kilmarnock side.
Goal – A few decent goals this weekend but the leading candidates both come from the same player. Take a bow Greg Stewart. Dundee fans have been blessed with a few special goals from him since he joined the club and he added another two to his collection against Kilmarnock. His first strike gets my goal of the week.
Controversy – Why Willie Collum did not send off Celtic’s Craig Gordon is anyone’s guess. Gordon brought down Jackson Irvine outside the box and he did so as the County player was bearing down on goal. Admittedly Irvine was heading out wide but Gordon denied him a clear scoring opportunity. Collum only issued a yellow when he really should have sent the big keeper off.