A lot can happen in a year. Previously unheard of youngsters can surge to prominence just as quickly as established stars begin to fizzle out.
But just as often, players who could otherwise be described as "under the radar" simply continue to perform at a good level without ever really gaining significant recognition.
While the Scottish game may well be viewed as a decaying entity—and in some respects this stance is justified—the Premiership is still home to some first-rate talent.
Not content with simply choosing the best players in the league, we prefer to consider lesser-known individuals, particularly important team players and those who offer their side that something different.
With that in mind, a plethora of notable players—undoubtedly among the elite of the Scottish game—are excluded.
Standouts such as Kris Commons, Fraser Forster and Kris Boyd are omitted while future stars such as Dundee United's Ryan Gauld, Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong, as well as St. Johnstone's Stevie May have been passed over.
The reasons for this are varied: Boyd's best days are behind him despite good form this season. Commons and Forster have nothing left to prove in the domestic game while youngsters such as Gauld, May and Armstrong are already widely earmarked for big things in 2014.
Here, we take a look at five Scottish Premiership players who we feel could experience a breakout year during 2014.