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Scottish Premiership 2018-19: What's new in Scotland?

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The 2018-19 Scottish Premiership kicks off on August 4. Celtic go into the new season as the reigning Scottish champions and 11 clubs will aim to knock off the title holders. It is a big season for Scottish football as big named new managers and fresh players have joined the Premiership. Scottish football team Rangers could be accused of having a gambling problem as the club have taken a major punt on a new coach. Celtic have brought back one of their key players and two Scottish clubs with Premiership history have returned to the club.
Celtic's title defense begins on August 4 against Livingston. The Hoops will play at Parkhead to kick off the season. The club is aiming for its 50th Scottish championship.
Will Celtic get it or will there be a twist in the story?
Steven Gerrard attempts Rangers title challenge
Steven Gerrard is the biggest name to join Scottish football this summer. The former Liverpool captain was appointed Rangers manager and will attempt a challenge to Celtic for the league title. Rangers finished third last term and qualified for the Europa League. It will be a trial by fire for Gerrard, who has only coached previously in Liverpool's academy. A good season could see him propelled up the coaching ranks. A bad season could see him fall down several pegs. He has signed Liverpool attacking midfielder Ovie Ejaria on loan. The player could be a break out star in Scotland.
Celtic break transfer record on Odsonne Edouard
Celtic signed French 20-year-old forward Odsonne Edouard to a permanent deal this summer breaking the club's previous transfer record. Edouard joined from Paris Saint-Germain for £9.27 million. Last season, Edouard played on loan at Celtic recording nine goals in 22 matches. His return to the club will keep Celtic's forward combination of Edouard, Scott Sinclair, and Moussa Dembele together for another Scottish Premiership season.
Aberdeen to push for title?
Aberdeen have finished second in the Scottish Premiership in each of the last four seasons. The club has been brilliant at finishing as runners-up but can't seem to get over the hump to win the title. Manager Derek McInnes has brought in just three players so far this summer. McInnes was able to sign Lewis Ferguson from Hamilton, Stephen Gleeson from Ipswich, and Chris Forrester from Peterborough United. Compared to the moves of Celtic and Rangers, however, it may not be enough to finish top of the pile. It may not even be enough to finish second for a fifth straight term.
St. Mirren and Livingston return to Scottish Premiership
Both St. Mirren and Livingston returned to the Scottish Premiership after securing promotion from the Championship. Livingston were only demoted to the third tier in 2016 for financial issues. The club achieved back to back promotions and rejoin the top-flight ahead of the 2018-19 season. St. Mirren rejoins the Premiership after three seasons away in the second-tier. St. Mirren won the Championship last term and will have their focus on building a stable Scottish Premiership tenure. The club has signed new manager Alan Stubbs to take over for Jack Ross, who was in charge of the club from 2016 to 2018. Ross, a former St. Mirren player before turning manager, was recruited by Sunderland to turn their luck around south of the border.
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