What WSC contributors got right and wrong
7 August ~ "There should be a UN investigation if Celtic fail to win the League again," said supporter and WSC contributor Graham McColl before the the 2013-14 season. Every other Scottish Premiership contributor agreed and they duly won their third title in a row with only one defeat all season. The predictions were also correct for the rest of the top four, with Motherwell pipping Aberdeen to second place and Dundee United finishing fourth.
Motherwell's runners-up spot was a surprise to David Innes, who said it would "be a tough job maintaining our 'best diddy team' status", while the arrival of Derek McInnes at Pittodrie left Kieth Davidson optimistic of a top-six finish. "Third is possible," he said, suggesting Aberdeen shouldn't have been too disappointed with their League finish despite their final-day defeat to Motherwell. A first trophy since 1995 will have helped soften the blow, too. Meanwhile Dundee United's Ken Gall couldn't see "much more" than top six, so will have been satisfied by fourth.
Only Ross County upset the middle order, dropping below Inverness and St Johnstone in what John Maxwell predicted would be a "hyper-competitive middle order". Inverness' Andrew Sutherland said that he would be "perfectly content with making the top six for the second season running" after his team's European qualification and League Cup semi-final defeat in 2012-13. In fact they went a little better, finishing fifth and reaching the League Cup final, where they lost to Aberdeen. Archie MacGregor said that "a third top-six finish in a row is asking a lot for a club with the smallest average gates in the highest division", yet they managed it while winning the Scottish Cup, their first major trophy.
Much of the drama in the Premiership occurred at the bottom last season. While Hearts lived up to their prediction of finishing bottom – "My wish is simply that the club survives," said Neil Edgar – their Edinburgh neighbours Hibernian were the real surprise. Gillian Kennedy expected to "finish bottom of the top group" while other contributors predicted them comfortably clear of relegation in eighth. Instead a run of one win in their final 18 league games was followed by play-off defeat to Hamilton and a return to the second tier for the first time since 1998-99.
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