Another weekend, another intriguing round of fixtures in the Scottish Premiership. Kilmarnock leapfrogged Celtic…
We’re two months into the Premiership season now and it’s been an eventful start to the campaign to say the least. In the last month alone we’ve seen Hearts pull away at the top of the table, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers losing in the Englishman’s first Old Firm derby as well as all the usual off-field drama and silliness that’s part and parcel of Scottish football.
As we cast our minds back over September, there’s a few coaches that will be delighted with their team’s efforts over the last month. But who was the most successful? Using our manager power rankings, we’ve came up with a formula to rank managers based on their team’s results. Now that September has drawn to a close, we can use our ranking system to decide which coach was most impressive and crown them our September Manager of the Month.
You can take a look at our power rankings for last month below. Some managers have taken charge of more games than others – as we’re tracking results across all competitions – but there’s no advantage here, as they still run the risk of being docked points for poor results. The following coaches are our top three, with the final manager awarded our September Manager of the Month.
Hearts started the season strongly and showed no signs of slowing down last month. Craig Levein’s side can no longer boast of having a 100% win record, after recording a 0-0 draw at home to Livingston, but the Jambos remain unbeaten and it’s been an otherwise perfect start to the campaign. Hearts are still top of the league and rather than seeing their lead reduced, have extended the gap at the summit of the Premiership to five points.
The Edinburgh club started the month with an impressive 4-1 away win at St Mirren, before picking up all three points at Fir Park thanks to Steven Naismith’s first half goal. The hiccup against Livi followed, before Levein got the Edinburgh club back to winning ways with victories against Motherwell again – this time in the League Cup – and St Johnstone to round off a successful few weeks.
Hearts were the favourites going into each of their September fixtures, so Levein gained +1 for each of his side’s wins. The ex-Scotland boss was docked a point for the home draw with Livingston, leaving Levein with a final score of +3.
Kilmarnock had a slow start to the season but look to have recaptured last year’s impressive form. Killie started the month in mid-table but now find themselves in fourth place – ahead of both Rangers and Celtic.
September began with a 2-0 win at Pittodrie for Killie, followed by an exciting match against Hibs where Steve Clarke’s side ultimately lost 3-2. Clarke got his team back to winning ways with an eye-catching win over Celtic and finished the month off with a comfortable 3-1 victory against Motherwell.
Against Aberdeen and Celtic, Killie were expected to lose so Clarke gained three points for each result. The defeat to Hibs cost Clarke a point, which he then regained with the win over Motherwell at the weekend. The Killie boss finishes September with a score of +6 – a good score, but not quite enough to win Manager of the Month.
Gary Holt took charge of Livingston late in August and it’s fair to say the manager is yet to put a foot wrong at his new club. Livi finished September tied with Hibernian in second place and Holt seems to have continued the good work that last year’s coach David Hopkin laid the foundations for.
The month began with a 2-1 win against Hibs, and the Lions followed that up with a 1-0 win over struggling Hamilton. Livingston became the first Premiership side to avoid defeat to Hearts with a goalless draw at Tynecastle. The best was still to come, however. Holt’s side faced Rangers in their final September fixture, where the Lothian club stunned Rangers and left with all three points.
Against Hibs and Rangers, Livingston were the bookies’ favourites to lose so Holt picked up three points for each win. The draw against Hearts resulted in Holt gaining another point, as did the win over Hamilton, giving Holt a final score of +8 overall. The 45-year-old only presided over four matches but by achieving positive results in each of his side’s games Holt gained +8, making him the worthy recipient of our September Manager of the Month.