Scottish Premier League preview

Week four of the Scottish football calendar comes in the wake of international victory against Denmark, and a damning report into the financial state of the game. The annual accounting report of the SPL, conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers, has uncovered alarming figures showing that season ticket sales are dropping rapidly and that crowds have diminished by 100,000 every year since their peak in 2005.

There were no dwindling crowds on Tuesday evening at Celtic Park, as an unbelievable 55,000 fans turned up for a charity match in support of Oxfam’s east Africa appeal. The legends match between Celtic and Manchester United saw Celtic win 5-2, helped by a Henrik Larsson hat-trick.

What was in fact a testimonial match for former Celt John Kennedy, whose career was cut short by injury, turned in to a charity event after Kennedy made the extraordinary gesture of donating his share of the gate receipts to the Oxfam appeal.

In an era of over-priced and overpaid prima donnas, Kennedy’s philanthropy is as rare as it is humbling.

After the fiasco of last weekend when friendlies saw a reduced fixture proper order has been restored with all teams in action.

Celtic will be hoping to make it three wins out of three when they face unbeaten Dundee United in their first home game of the season while records could role when another unbeaten duo St Mirren and top of the table Motherwell clash at St Mirren Park.

After four rounds Rangers find themselves in the unusual position of 5th in the table however like those above them in the table they have yet to taste to defeat and will hope to continue their start against winless Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Elsewhere Hearts take on Aberdeen at home and St Johnstone will be hoping for a first win of the season against Dunfermline, finally Sunday’s action see’s Kilmarnock at home to Hibernians.


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