Speed is one of the most critical attributes of a footballer. A player with a tremendous speed can always put the opposition in trouble. Even fans love to see a player beating defenders with lung-bursting acceleration. In this article, we will have a look at some of the fastest players in the Scottish Premiership.
Here are the 10 fastest players in the Scottish Premiership.
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10. Scott Wright
Aberdeen forward, Scott Wright, is the fastest player of his team. He re-joined Aberdeen in the summer flollowing a loan spell at Dundee United. However, Wright suffered a cruciate ligament injury in training in sept and may be forced to miss out on the rest of the season.
He was only able to make 7 apps for the team but that was enough to prove that he is one of the fastest players in the Scottish Premiership.
9. Michael Johnston
Celtic winger Michael Johnston is one of the youngest players in the list. He came to the attention of many in June 2018, when Scotland reached the semi-finals of the Toulan U21s, only to lose 3-1 to England U21s.
Mikey Johnston scored the sole Scotland U21s goal: Johnston beat defenders for pace before whipping in a brilliant shot, which proved too much for the keeper as it fizzed past him into the net. It was a brilliant strike.
Soon, he received an offer from his boyhood club Celtic. He made his Celtic debut on 6 May 2017, in a 4–1 victory over St Johnstone at Celtic Park. Shortly after the game, the winger signed a new three-year contract with his boyhood club.
8. James Tavernier
Tavernier signed for Rangers in 2015, winning a lower-league double in his first season. He scored the goal that won Rangers the Scottish Championship, and was man of the match as they won the Scottish Challenge Cup, scoring a long-range volley in the final. At the start of the 2018–19 season he was named club captain.
The right-back is one of the best in the league in his position. The right-back is constantly at the centre of everything that’s good for Rangers and he is a vital part of how the team plays.
7. Michael O’Halloran
St Johnstone forward, O’Halloran began his professional career with English club Bolton Wanderers, but made only made two appearances in three seasons. While at Bolton he had loan spells with Sheffield United, Carlisle United and Tranmere Rovers.
He then moved to St Johnston in 2014. After two years with St Johnstone, he moved to Rangers in January 2016. O’Halloran returned to St Johnstone on loan in July 2017. After a short spell with Australian club Melbourne City, he returned to St Johnstone for a third spell in January 2019. He is undoubtedly one of the fastest players in the Scottish Premiership.
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6. Sherwin Seedorf
Motherwell signed winger Seedorf from Wolves in the summer of 2019. He has the attributes the Well need. He’s very pacey and direct, not afraid to take wingers on. What he could be doing with is having end product.
He signed a two-year contract with the club. On his debut for Motherwell, he scored his first career goal, in a 3–0 win away to Queen of the South in the Scottish League Cup group stages.
5. Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo
Celtic signed Mbombo from Rapid Vienna on a four year deal in the summer of 2019. He’s extremely strong and very quick which allows him ample recovery time for his occasionally rash moments in and out of possession.
He’s a player that just loves a tackle, going in committed and hard to win the ball in most challenges but this can leave him exposed to trickly wingers with quick feet. Mbombo can play all along the left hand side of the pitch and has been used as a left-winger on occasion.
Technically comfortable and strong going forward he has the fitness to press high up the pitch and win the ball back for his team. Mbombo is also a fairly prolific crosser of the ball with decent accuracy.
4. Brandon Barker
Brandon Barker signed for Rangers from Manchester City in August 2019. Barker has previously had loan spells with NAC Breda, Hibernian and Preston. He has made just one competitive appearance for Man City since signing a professional contract in 2014.
Barker is a skillful winger and is one of the fastest players in the Scottish Premiership. He was Manchester City EDS player of the year for 2013-14.
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3. Jordan Jones
The Northern Ireland player has been making waves in the Scottish Premiership for his speedy and electric performances.
He joined Rangers from Kilmarnock in 2019. Jones began his career at Middlesbrough, although he failed to register an appearance for the senior side in the league during three seasons. He joined Kilmarnock on a free transfer in June 2016 after spells on loan at Hartlepool United and Cambridge United.
The first thing anybody notices about Jones is his incredible trickery on the field. He is not only skilled but also possesses the pace, and combines them both beautifully to produce stunning results for his club.
2. Martin Boyle
Martin Callie Boyle is a Scottish-Australian professional footballer, who plays for Scottish Premiership club Hibernian and the Australia national team. He is a right sided winger, who is also capable of playing as a forward. Martin Boyle has a blistering pace and he uses it for great effect.
Boyle previously played for Montrose and Dundee. He’s eligible to play for the Australian national team because his father was born in Sydney. Scotland manager Alex McLeish said that he had considered Boyle for selection once, but he had missed out due to injury.
1. James Forrest
Celtic star, James Forrest is the fastest player in the Scottish Premiership. Forrest joined Celtic’s youth academy in 2003 and made his first team debut in the 2009–10 season. He has progressed to become a key player in a successful era for Celtic, winning eight consecutive league championships.
Although Forrest’s favoured position is on the right wing, he can also play on the left or as a striker. Forrest is very quick and also has very good ball control and dribbling skills. Forrest is also a very good finisher and, although predominantly right footed, also capable with his left. Celtic will hope to keep him with them for years to come.