Five SPFL Players to Keep an Eye on in 2024


Luis Palma (Celtic)


The Honduran international signed for the Bhoys in August 2023 and he has become a regular in the team under Brendan Rodgers, racking up 5 goals and 9 assists in 17 league matches, impressive numbers for a wide man coming into a new and notoriously physical league, having played just one season at Greek side Aris after making the move from his native Honduras in 2022. Palma turns 24 in January and Celtic fans will be hoping that the best has yet to come from the winger who likes to take on opponents in one vs one situations and cut inside to shoot at goal whenever the opportunity presents itself.


Lawrence Shankland (Hearts)


Lawrence Shankland is known to fans of Scottish football already for his clinical finishing ability and his breakthrough into the thoughts of national team manager, Steve Clarke in recent years. However, he has become Hearts captain under Steven Naismith and he continues to score at a rate better than one goal in two games. So much so that he is attracting interest from Rangers among other clubs. I’ve put him in this list as I expect the transfer speculation around him to go into overdrive in January.


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Daniel Armstrong (Kilmarnock)


A player who has been underrated for some time – given what he brings to Kilmarnock with his speed, trickery and assists – has now come to the attention of many after many impressive displays against Celtic in particular this season. Armstrong is one of the most exciting players to watch in the Scottish top flight and Killie will be fighting to keep a hold of him with interest gathering from clubs such as Hearts and Charlotte FC of MLS (now managed by former Aston Villa manager Dean Smith.


Connor Barron (Aberdeen)


A youth academy graduate at Pittodrie, Barron has impressed many across the Scottish game with his technical ability and physical attributes in a Dons team that qualified for Europe under Barry Robson last season. Heavily linked with a pre contract move to Rangers, Barron is a player who is at a crossroads. Does he commit his future to Aberdeen and continue to become a greater influence on the team or does he make a move to a bigger club and hope he can break into the fold there? All could be revealed in a matter of weeks but regardless of whether he moves or not, he is one to keep an eye on.


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Alex Gogic (St Mirren)


For a number of seasons, Gogic has been one of my favourite players to watch in the Scottish Premiership. The Cypriot international is a tough tackling midfielder who can also play at centre back in a back three. He has been a key component of a St Mirren side that finished in the top 6 last season for the first time in well over a decade, who continue to impress under Stephen Robinson again this season. His last big move to Hibernian in 2020 did not work out as well as he would have hoped but he is still a player who impresses me every time I watch him.


By: Callum McFadden / @Callum7McFadden

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