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THE SCOTCH CORNER – SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP FANTASY FOOTBALL 2021/22

THE SCOTCH CORNER – SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP FANTASY FOOTBALL 2021/22

The Scotch Corner – Scottish Premiership Fantasy Football 2021/22

The Scotch Corner – Scottish Premiership Fantasy Football 2021/22

Welcome to your pre-season article for the forthcoming 2021/22 season – the second season of the fantasy game covering the Scottish Premiership – and one where the makers of the game have boldly gone where no FPL-maker has ever dared go before (but more on this later).

The basics of the forthcoming season then. Again the league will comprise 12 teams who play each other home and away (and home) before the league splits into two leagues of six after 33 matches. These two mini-leagues of six then play each other once more giving the total of 38 matches. Top half teams will be playing for the Championship, Runners-Up and European qualification positions, while simultaneously, the bottom six will play each other to determine who will finish bottom and be automatically relegated and who will finish eleventh and face the dread of a relegation play-off against Championship opposition over two legs.

(Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

The new season sees Rangers defending their Championship having won last year’s league on 7th March 2021 – the earliest date the league was won in 119 years – claiming their 55th domestic championship (a World Record alongside Linfield) all the while remaining undefeated across all 38 games and conceding just 13 goals amid TWENTY SIX clean sheets (excuse the obvious bias of this author).

Rangers amassed 102 points and finished 25 points clear of runners-up and Old Firm rivals Celtic who also qualify for the Champions League qualifying rounds.

Hibernian and Aberdeen finished third and fourth and make the new Europa Conference League whilst St Johnstone – courtesy of the remarkable achievement of winning BOTH domestic cups fly the flag in the Europa League.

At the other end, Hamilton Academical dropped out of the league finishing bottom and Kilmarnock ended their 28 year stay at the highest level of the Scottish game losing the play-off.

The two new spots in the league are taken by Hearts – who many think should really be in the Premiership anyway having been treated shamefully by the League and its clubs amid the Covid pandemic – and Dundee.

New Signings

The summer is but young but we always start off early in Scotland (July 31st this season) so the clubs have already made some new signings and the market is moving.

Champions Rangers have signed Zambian striker Fashion Sakala from the Belgian Jupiler League and a name very familiar to many fantasy gamers – that of ‘LORD’ John Lundstram.

Celtic under their new manager Ange Postecoglu, have signed two defenders from Sheffield Wednesday in Liam Shaw and Osaze Urgohide and their pre-season is well underway.

Aberdeen have a new manager in Stephen Glass and he has readied himself for his first season in Scottish Management by sweeping up proven Scottish Premiership players Scott Brown from Celtic and Declan Gallagher from Motherwell alongside American striker Christian Ramirez from MLS.

The rest of the league have traded players but not much of fantasy note or general interest outwith the individual club’s support however Scotland Under-21 international Liam Kelly has joined Motherwell from QPR and will be first choice keeper, Hibs appear to have lost a lot of experience in David Gray (retired), Ofir Marciano (Feyenoord) and Jackson Irvine (St Pauli) all leaving. Perhaps one to keep an eye on is Ross County who have snagged two interesting young players on loan – Jake Vokins from Southampton and Alexander Robertson from Manchester City.

The Registration

Search for the Fantasy Football Scotland App in your app store. The icon is like this:

The App is very user friendly and vibrant and has had no bugs or issues in the entire time I’ve been using it. I’m sure you’ll find it simple enough to get used to it.

The Pitch Layout

Your team layout will appear like this once you have initially selected your squad.

(Read on for the BIG changes hinted at in the first paragraph…)

The Scoring

The scoring remains the same as FPL apart from the following, applied to individual player scores

A hat-trick bonus: 2 points
A penalty won (regardless of outcome): 2 points
A penalty conceded: -2 points
2+ goals conceded by a midfielder: -1 point

AND NEW FOR THE 2021/22 SEASON (and shame on you FPL! For all apart from the first one)

GK Save Points – Goalkeepers now receive 1 point for every three saves they make

INTERCEPTION POINTS – players will now receive1 point for every THREE interceptions they make in a match (all positions).

TACKLE POINTS – players will now receive1 point for every THREE tackles they make in a match (all positions).

PASS POINTS – players will now receive1 point for every FORTY passes they make in a match (all positions).

SHOT POINTS – players will now receive1 point for every THREE+ shots they make in a match (all positions).

All awards are given by Opta and THERE IS NOW A bonus points system. Identical to FPL – there will be points awarded for the best Opta performers in a 3, 2, 1 system.

The Captain/Vice-captain

Each week your captain will score double points as in FPL.

However, your vice-captain will ALSO COUNT DOUBLE for the goals they score (if they are a midfielder or forward) or the clean sheet they keep (if they are a goalkeeper or defender). Example: You could have two players score hat-tricks in a gameweek and get double points for every goal they score.

The Chips

Like FPL we have two wildcards – one to be used at any time and the other only available after the Premiership Split

You also have your Triple Captain and Bench Boost chips as you are used to however there is no Free Hit chip in this game.

The Transfers

You will have one free transfer a week and each additional transfer you make will incur a 4 point penalty. Your transfer WILL NOW roll over if you choose to save it but as in FPL, never more than 2 transfers at any one time.

The Substitutions

Auto substitutions will be updated at the end of the gameweek HOWEVER, the game will add your highest scoring bench player regardless of bench order if it still falls within the remit of an allowed formation.

The Teams

Aberdeen
Celtic
Dundee
Dundee United
Heart of Midlothian
Hibernian
Livingston
Motherwell
Rangers
Ross County
St. Johnstone
St. Mirren

The Gameweek 1 Fixtures

Saturday 31st July

Rangers v Livingston (1.30pm)
Dundee v St Mirren (3.00pm)
Ross County v St Johnstone (3.00pm)
Heart of Midlothian v Celtic (8.00pm)

Sunday 1st August

Aberdeen v Dundee United (3.00pm)
Motherwell v Hibernian (4.30pm)

As you may also see from the above, the app has now been updated with a list of ‘Injuries & Suspensions’, ‘Set Piece Takers’ and the current Scottish Premiership Table along with a blog dedicated to FFS. Some nice little features added.

The deadline for the first gameweek is Saturday 31st July at 11.30am – TWO hours before the first match starts and we’ll be on hand to offer any advice when we get a second from the cut throat world of FPL.

Please join the FF247 league using the code GLGRc under the leagues tab.

Good luck and have a fun time!

Thanks for reading THE SCOTCH CORNER – SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP FANTASY FOOTBALL 2021/22, written by GP

FF247 LEAGUES FOR 2021/22

This is our main public FF247 League, which anyone is welcome to join and can be accessed using the code below or this auto-join link

League Code: kgvnpe

 

Our Regulars League* for 2021/22 is paid in cash by FF247. The prize pool is £350. The first 5 places are paid out in a tiered system.

To enter this one you need to be an active and recognised site member and you need to e-mail us for the league code :

elleffcee@gmail.com

Our FF247 Cup is also included and attracts a prize of £50 for the winner.

*terms and conditions apply and management reserve the right to review membership of this league on an ongoing basis which is dependent upon regular commenting / community activity.

*The small print…
All prizes must be claimed within 30 days of the final GW.

Both leagues will be shut to new entrants as of 01/01/22.

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25 Comments

  1. 7
    KI says:

    A little help, please. I’m trying to create a screenshot, from FPL, of my team, to send as a jpeg or gif to the list. Instructions would be appreciated.

  2. 8
    GoalMachine says:

    SPFL: What a sad beginning. My last minute changes are considered as Gw2 changes and I am at -16 now. smile

  3. 9
    AJW says:

    Hello Scots’ football fans.
    Looking for advice – scored 75 pts in GW1, with team:
    Siegrist-Munro (1.8)
    Tav – Goldson – Ramsay – Rooney – Barisic
    Boyle – F Robertson (Dundee) – A Robertson (Ross County) – Maguire – Spittal
    Eddie – Boyce – Afolabi(marked as loaned and & 1 FT from this, so 2 FTs this week!)
    Should I trade out Barisic for Balogun (love the name!) and then get a higher scoring striker like Cummings or Ramirez in place of Afolabi? It seems like a logical move, while maintaining 3 Rangers. Move next week would be to trade Spittal to Mackay-Steven (Hearts) or Hayes (Ab). Thanks for your time – see you round! 😉

  4. 10
    AJW says:

    Hey there Scottish footie fans – so which combination would be preferable d’ya think? Magennis (Hibs – midfielder) + Cummings (Dundee – FWD) or
    Halliday (Hearts) + Van Veen (Motherwell)??? I’ve gone for Magennis + Cummings, but just after knowledgeable advice! Hope you are all fine! smile

  5. 11
    Otieno says:

    Will Hagi be back for Saturday? I need to change either him or Nisbet for this week

  6. 12
    GoalMachine says:

    Could anyone help on podcast error in Spotify (tried Android and Laptop/Windows 10/Chrome, Edge) – not able to open any podcast. It is throwing error “could not find that podcast”. Tried both Webplayer and Desktop App and the result is the same. You can try the below podcast.

    https://open.spotify.com/episode/1WUIncIkF6yVmA51RcIc8B?si=19fb85c288db4d9e&nd=1

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