The Premiership may be the place for competitive action in Scotland just now – but there’s plenty of lower league friendly matches going on too.
Many teams across the SPFL were in friendly competition this weekend as preparations for the new season continues. Whilst ultimately fitness exercises, clubs can use these games as a barometer of where their teams are at as competitive kick-off in the League Cup group stages approaches.
Here are our picks of the best friendly action over the weekend.
Hearts 5-0 East Fife
A return to Tynecastle brought about a great confidence booster for the Jambos ahead of the new Championship season. Goal from Craig Halkett, Elliott Frear, Jamie Walker, Liam Boyce and Chris Hamilton handed Robbie Neilson’s side a comprehensive victory.
Raith Rovers 2-6 Falkirk
These two battled at the top of League One last season but only one went up. That team was on the losing side, Falkirk putting their Championship opponents to the sword on a day where they showed they’ll be a real force again in League One this season.
Partick Thistle 3-0 BSC Glasgow
Thistle’s first match against another side since March, they put on a decent display to beat their Lowland League opponents. It could have been more than just the three goals for them, but Ian McCall will be pleased with the workout.
Stenhousemuir 1-1 Dunfermline
The Pars were held on their travels to Ochilview but there was a standout pre-season display from a trialist, believed to be Hibs’ Fraser Murray. The young Hibs midfielder picked up the ball from 25 yards and sent it high into the net as he impressed potential boss Stevie Crawford.
Ayr United 0-2 Stirling Albion
A great result for the Binos, goals from Jack Leitch and an own goal sealed a win on the road to Championship opposition. For Mark Kerr, working with an almost entirely new Honest Men squad, he’ll have been made aware of little kinks to iron out ahead of competitive action.
Dumbarton 1-2 Greenock Morton
The Ton were back in action against their old boss, Jim Duffy. It was a decent afternoon’s work at The Rock and a win was had for their efforts, goals coming from Robbie Muirhead and Gary Oliver.
Montrose 2-2 Dundee
James McPake’s side started their run of friendlies at home to Peterhead last week and followed it up with a draw on their trip to Montrose. The Links Park side could be a good bet for the League One play-offs this year, more than matching their Championship counterparts in a competitive encounter.