The Scottish Premiership Stars Who Have Probably Played Their Final Game in Scotland

May 21, 2020, 11:22 AM GMT+1
Odsonne Edouard
Celtic FC v CFR Cluj: Group E - UEFA Europa League | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Following weeks of drama and speculation, the 2019/20 Scottish Premiership season is now officially over.

Using an average points-per-game system to decide the final standings, Celtic won a ninth consecutive league title, while Hearts - only four points adrift - were relegated.

While most clubs supported the decision to call off the campaign, there is now a realisation among the bigger teams in Scotland that some of their star assets may have just played their final game north of the English border.

With the ambition of moving on to bigger and better things, here's some of the SPL's finest that may not be around next season.

Odsonne Edouard - Celtic

Odsonne Edouard
Edouard is likely to call time on his Celtic career this summer | Giampiero Sposito/Getty Images

Following the path carved by the likes of Moussa Dembele at Celtic Park, Edouard would quite frankly be foolish not to weigh up his options this summer. The French forward has scored 27 goals and produced 19 assists in 45 games in all competitions this term, blossoming into one of the most lethal forwards the SPL has seen in recent years.

Big, strong and fast, the 22-year-old has all the physical attributes needed to succeed wherever he may choose to play, but the Premier League certainly looks like a probable destination for the Celtic man.

Edouard has already been strongly linked with Arsenal and Newcastle, with a fee in the region of £40m being bandied about. Regardless of his price tag, the striker would be a worthy addition to the Premier League.

Borna Barisic - Rangers

Barisic has already been linked with Tottenham
Barisic has already been linked with Tottenham | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Unsurprisingly, many of the league's most promising players wear either the green and white of Celtic or the blue of Rangers, and Barisic is no different.

Initially impressing for Croatian outfit Osijek against Rangers in the Europa League, Steven Gerrard quickly snapped up the marauding 27-year-old left-back. Bombing up and down the wing, the full-back is equally comfortable defending and attacking, even providing a combined 16 goals in all competitions this season.

Having already been earmarked as the man to potentially solve Tottenham's left-back crisis, Barisic will rightly be in high demand this summer. The Gers will be eager to keep the 12-cap Croatian international at Ibrox, but a bid in the region of £25m may be too good to refuse.

Kristoffer Ajer - Celtic

Kristoffer Ajer
Ajer has already made it clear he wants a big-money move this summer | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

While some players play their cards close to their chest involving transfer speculation, Ajer most certainly hasn't. The 22-year-old wants a big move this summer and he's going to get it.

The physically imposing centre-back has helped Celtic to another league title, with the club boasting the equal-best defensive record in the division alongside Rangers. Having played 49 games this season, the Norwegian has played at a consistently high standard, providing both defensive solidity and an aerial threat from set-pieces - even chipping in with four goals.

90min recently revealed that Leicester are in pole position to bring Ajer to the King Power, with the defender likely to be persuaded by an opportunity to reunite with his former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.

Sam Cosgrove - Aberdeen

Sam Cosgrove
Cosgrove has been frequently linked with the Championship | Scott Baxter/Getty Images

Stepping away from the big two for a second, Cosgrove may be a name you're fairly unfamiliar with. The 6'3 Aberdeen forward has scored 23 goals in all competitions this season, sparkling in the SPL and Europa League qualifying rounds.

Derek McInnes' side may have finished a disappointing fourth in the SPL table but Cosgrove and co. still impressed on a regular basis. The English-born striker may fancy a return to his homeland this summer and has long been linked with a move to the upper echelons of the Championship.

Alfredo Morelos - Rangers

Alfredo Morelos
Morelos' talent is hampered by his bad disciplinary record | Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Imagine you crossed Diego Costa with Luis Suarez in some sort of medical experiment, the result would almost certainly be Alfredo Morelos.

The Colombian has plenty of quality - admittedly nowhere near the level of Suarez or Costa - but his shocking disciplinary record makes him one of the most frustrating talents in British football.

If he can be tamed then he has the makings of a world-class striker, capable of bullying defenders and scoring at free will. The 23-year-old has a combined 39 goals and assists in all competitions this season, but his transfer market value could well suffer as a result of his temper.

Sooner or later, however, someone will take a chance on the highly-talented forward.

Olivier Ntcham - Celtic

Olivier Ntcham
Ntcham has flourished at Celtic Park | Silvia Lore/Getty Images

There is a reason that Ntcham was once a Manchester City academy starlet, although he still remains somewhat overrated by gossip columns across the internet.

The 24-year-old has been impressive for Celtic this season, scoring eight goals and providing four assists from central midfield. A powerful, dynamic runner, the Frenchman could well blossom into a phenomenal box-to-box player, and will likely do well outside of Scotland.

A return to England looks unlikely at present, but a move to Ligue 1 or Serie A seems a little more realistic.

Lyndon Dykes - Livingston

Marco Kana, Lyndon Dykes
Dykes has caught the eye in Scotland this season | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

22 combined goals and assists for Livingston is not half bad, especially considering his invaluable contributions up top have pushed his side to fifth in the league table.

The 24-year-old still has a long way to go but could well be snapped up by a number of Championship clubs in need of a little extra bite up front. Not only is Dykes versatile across the front line, he's a great all-round attacker to have within your ranks.

Nikola Katic - Rangers

Nikola Katic
Katic has been in and out of the Rangers team throughout his time at Ibrox | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Katic hasn't always found game time easy to come by at Ibrox since arriving in the summer of 2018, but Gerrard and Rangers clearly think highly of the 23-year-old having handed him a contract extension in October 2019.

The centre-back has been impressive when called upon by Gerrard and has subsequently attracted interest from clubs across Europe - most notably Dijon in Ligue 1. Whether the Gers would let the Croatian leave is another matter, but they may face an uphill struggle to keep the defender at Ibrox should the right club come calling.