Andy Walker’s Scottish Premiership predictions for the upcoming weekend fixtures have been revealed, and it’s got people talking on social media.
The Scottish former footballer played as a striker for several clubs in Scotland and England between 1984 and 2000, including Motherwell, Celtic, Newcastle, Bolton, Sheffield United, Hibernian, Raith, Ayr, Carlisle, Partick and Alloa.
He also made three full international appearances for Scotland. Since retiring as a player, Walker has become a TV pundit as well as a commentator, and now works for Sky Sports. See what he had to say in his latest set of predictions below…
Hamilton v Dundee United
It was a huge disappointment for Hamilton last weekend when they failed to take advantage of the extra man for 75 mins against Kilmarnock, losing 2-1. Only Livingston have used more players than Brian Rice so far this season; he’s still looking for the right chemistry to get some sort of consistent run going.
This should be an interesting one given that Dundee United have lost four goals in successive away matches. The priority for Micky Mellon is very much to see that run come to an end.
WALKER’S PREDICTION: 0-0
Livingston v St Johnstone
It’s not a good look for Livingston to be bottom of the table after eight games, with Gary Holt’s men having picked up just the five points. I’m sure he’ll take some comfort from the fact that they managed to score twice at Celtic Park last weekend.
A win here would take them above St Johnstone in the table. Calum Davidson’s men really struggle to find the back of the net despite the talents of Stevie May, Michael O’Halloran and Callum Hendry. I think they’d happily take a point.
WALKER’S PREDICTION: 1-1
St Mirren v Kilmarnock
Jim Goodwin must have been pleased in the early weeks of the season when his team were playing well and picking up points but they’ve now lost four on the bounce. Making your mark in home games is so important and with Lee Erwin in decent form, this is a chance to get back to winning ways.
Alex Dyer will be without Eamon Brophy after his red card last weekend and they’ll miss his influence.
WALKER’S PREDICTION: 1-0
Motherwell v Rangers
It was contrasting fortunes for these sides on Thursday night in the Europa League qualifiers when Motherwell lost 3-0 in Israel to Hapoel Be’er-Sheva while Rangers were impressing in their 4-0 away win in the Netherlands against Willem 11.
Given that Hibs finally breached the Rangers defence last weekend, I wonder how Callum Lang and Tony Watt will fare? Steven Gerrard will be keen to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible as their two draws so far this season have been in games that they’ve had by far the better chances.
WALKER’S PREDICTION: 1-3
Celtic v Hibernian
Celtic left it late in the Europa League on Thursday night in Riga but cup football is all about getting through to the next round and it was Mo Elyounoussi who came up with the vital goal. He’ll be pushing for a starting place, no doubt. Jeremie Frimpong also added some drive and determination when he came on so Neil Lennon has plenty of options to consider.
Despite the signing of Shane Duffy, Lennon will be annoyed with a few of the cheap goals conceded recently. Hibs will pose their own threat; they have a bit of pace in the team and are sure to have a go when they can. Painted as the bad guy last weekend in a tousy affair with Rangers, Ryan Porteous has another opportunity to show how much he has improved over the last 12 months. I expect plenty of goals in this one!
WALKER’S PREDICTION: 3-2
Ross County v Aberdeen
A win last weekend at St Johnston got Stuart Kettlewell’s men back to winning ways and with 11 points from their opening eight games, he has to be pleased with how his team are reacting to his leadership. They tend to score often from set pieces so Aberdeen will be aware of their threat.
It was always going to be a tall order for Derek McInnes to take his team to Lisbon and go up against Sporting in the Europa League qualifier, losing by just the one goal was a blow. Scott McKenna has now left for Nottingham Forrest and it’ll probably mean a more leading role for Tommie Hoban. Hopefully he can stay fit and show everyone what he’s capable of.
WALKER’S PREDICTION: 1-2