The Scottish Championship gets back underway tonight, and from a former Liverpool playmaker to an Aston Villa prodigy, there’s something for everyone in this league.
Hearts kick off the 2020/21 season at home to Dundee this evening as action gets underway, the remaining four fixtures playing out on Saturday.
Ahead of the new campaign, we take a look at the Championship players to watch from each club.
Alloa Athletic – Stefan Scougall
With over 100 Sheffield United appearances and plenty of SPFL knowledge too, midfielder Scougall is a great coup for Peter Grant’s side. He will be expected to make things tick in the middle of the Wasps midfield.
Arbroath -Miko Virataten
The Aberdeen loanee is returning for his second spell at the Red Litchies after a promising first stint. Blessed with great technical ability, it will be interesting to see how he copes with being one of Dick Campbell’s key men.
Ayr United – Viljami Sinisalo
Arriving from Aston Villa on loan, Mark Kerr has handed the 18-year-old stopper the number one spot at Somerset Park. This is his first taste of senior football and Aston Villa will be hoping their young goalkeeper, who they regard as one of the most exciting in Europe, thrives in Ayrshire.
Dundee – Charlie Adam
It’s an obvious pick but you can’t not choose the former Blackpool and Liverpool playmaker. Adam’s made the move to his boyhood heroes and given he was an English Championship regular last term, expect him to light up the Scottish second tier.
Dunfermline – Declan McManus
Losing Kevin Nisbet was always going to be a blow for Stevie Crawford but he could have a replacement in McManus. He scored 24 in all competitions for League One Falkirk last term, can he make the step up again on his Pars return?
Morton – Josh McPake
Manager David Hopkin has already been vocal about the excitement Rangers’ teenage winger brings to Cappielow in attack. During League Cup group stage matches he has looked like the spark to push Morton on in forward areas.
Hearts – Andy Halliday
One of the Jambos’ later signings, Robbie Neilson has picked up the versatile midfielder following his spell at Rangers. Once up to speed, it’ll be interesting to see if Halliday’s Championship experience can help guide the Jambos back to Premiership football.
Inverness CT – Shane Sutherland
The Highland side lost several key men from last season’s squad during the summer but have a returning player in Sutherland. Having hit consistent form for Elgin City in recent seasons, whether he can carry that into Championship competition is one to keep an eye on.
Queen of the South – Rohan Ferguson
Much like Inverness, the Palmerston outfit have performed major surgery on their squad. One promising pickup though is Ferguson. A highly-rated talent at Motherwell prior to his exit, the keeper is coming to Dumfries off the back of Champions League and Europa League football with Linfield last term.
Raith Rovers – Manny Duku
John McGlynn has moved for a forward in order to replace the goals of Kieron Bowie, who has moved to Fulham. Already the arriving Dutchman has scored in Raith colours, netting a fine goal against Hearts in League Cup competition.