So, it’s that time of year again. The 5.5 inch floppy disk has been inserted into the Souper Douper Computer’s external floppy disk drive and the results are out.

Indeed, since 1985, when Aberdeen last won the title, the year the current Souper Douper Computer was first introduced, it’s always had a 50/50 chance of getting it’s top two predictions correct.

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It’s predecessor, the BBC Micro Computer, which was a firm favourite of a then 16 year old Tom English, exploded when Alex Ferguson defied the odds and trashed it’s predictions two seasons running between 1983 and 1985.

The Souper Douper Computer Co. aka BonusCodeBets, who have looked after the annual predictions for as long as we can remember, then turned to the best Computer on the market, the ever reliable Commodore 64.

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It was a match made in heaven and the Souper Douper Computer Co. have relied on the 64k machine to make their annual predictions ever since.

Like the SFA, they have no intention of changing and they’ve got their top two predictions 50% correct ever since then, which is a great return.

One wonders whether it was the departure of Alex Ferguson to the bright lights of the Canon First Division in England in 1986 or the introduction of the amazing C64 as the Souper Douper Computer, that altered the landscape of Scottish football ever since.

We’ll never know for sure, but what we do know is that the Souper Douper Computer has got it’s top two predictions 50% correct ever since.

In today’s Daily Record , Ross Pilchard has the annual scoop on the Souper Douper Computer’s prediction for this year and amazingly, it’s in with a great chance of being 50% correct when it comes to the top two again for the upcoming season!

Although it appears Ross, who must be new to Record Sport, didn’t get the memo about who were the champions the season before last, as can be seen in this paragraph from his super exciting article:

After the first few weeks of last season, no-one could see Celtic going on to play the way they did. A sticky start for Ange Postecoglou meant Rangers were tipped to win a second successive title. But the Aussie and his team soon hit their stride, and two derby victories over their city rivals saw the pull away and retain the title. They did share the domestic cups between them, the Hoops lifting the Premier Sports Cup before the Gers finally got their hands on the Scottish Cup again.

Yes, apparently two derby victories saw the pull away and retain the title.

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I’ve written verbatim what Ross wrote there.

I would assume “the” is referring to Celtic of course, but the retention of the title would have been pretty tricky for Celtic, considering they didn’t win it the previous season.

I guess when you’re new to the job, mistakes like that can happen.

I’m also guessing the editor was posted missing for this particular article.

Ross continues with his Pulitzer Prize winning writing style with this next paragraph:

This term, Postecoglou is expected to guide his team to the top of the pile once agai. BonusCodeBets have fired up the supercomputer to map out how they see the season going, along with the latest odds, with Celtic 8/13 favourites to be champions again. Rangers are 5/4

So Celtic will be top of the pile once agai?

When Ross went to journalism school, he must have slept through the “mastering the word processor” classes.

We’ll forgive him this time around as he was probably wetting himself with excitement over the Souper Douper Computer’s latest predictions.

Anyhoo, his last paragraph was perfection, so he won out in the end:

Hearts were miles clear in third place, and Robbie Neilson’s team have been tipped to finish as best of the rest once more at 4/11 in the top six betting. Better is expected from Hibs, with fourth place their predicted finish, priced at 4/9. Aberdeen’s return to the top six is 1/2.

As for who’s going down, Ross County are 5/4 favourites to say farewell to the top flight. Livingston are next in the betting at 6/4 to finish bottom.

Scottish Premiership table predictions via BonusCodeBets

Position Team Market Odds
1 Celtic Winner 8/13
2 Rangers Winner 5/4
3 Hearts Top six 4/11
4 Hibs Top six 4/9
5 Aberdeen Top six 1/2
6 Motherwell Top six 11/8
7 Dundee United Top six 13/8
8 Livingston Bottom six 4/9
9 St Johnstone Bottom six 4/11
10 Kilmarnock Bottom six 1/4
11 St Mirren To finish bottom 6/4
12 Ross County To finish bottom 5/4

So there you have it.

Another season predicted by the ever reliable Commodore 64 Souper Douper Computer, which of course, everybody takes seriously every season.

Especially Ross Pilchard, which is clearly evident when it comes to the effort and quality of his writing and research.

Scottish Sports writer of the year is just around the corner Ross.

Keep up the good work!