2016/17 Scottish Premiership Predictions

The new season gets underway today and it could prove to be the most exciting in many years, with the addition of Rangers meaning that there’ll be new blood at the top of the table.  This means that teams will be moving around the league more often than they were in previous seasons though, so the excitement will flow into the top six races and relegations fights too. It may be tough to predict what’ll happen over the course of a 38 game season, but — Read more →

The new Scottish League Cup

Last night, the powers-that-be at the SPFL announced a new format for the League Cup that will see the competition radically overhauled from the start of next season.  While towards the latter stages of the competition it’s just as you’ll know it, the start of the new format sees a group stage and a move towards summer football. In an industry not known for its positive or exciting innovation, I think the SPFL has come good here, despite the critics. First of all, here’s how — Read more →

Scotland’s biggest game returns

It was only a matter of time before it happened, but when Celtic and Rangers were drawn together for the semi-finals of the League Cup it set up what legions of fans from each team and indeed neutrals across Scotland and the world wanted – another Old Firm derby. It is without a doubt Scotland’s biggest footballing (and cultural) rivalry, and there are very few clashes in world football that could compare either.  There is well over a century of history between them, and never — Read more →

The Growing Cost of Scottish Football

Last week brought into sharp focus the way in which the game of the people in this country has become more commercialised than ever before.  There were two flashpoints in this enduring theme: the BBC’s publication of their annual Price of Football report and the release of Scotland tickets for both the Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland and the glamour friendly against the Auld Enemy of England.  Both of these highlighted how much it now costs for fans to fully get behind — Read more →

Adams Leaves with a Legacy

Derek Adams’ reign at the helm of Ross County came to an end today, as he and his father George (the Director of Football at the club) were sacked. As sad as it is to see the man who is surely the club’s most successful manager in history leave, I think it’s the right decision and I’m glad that chairman Roy McGregor has made the tough call to part ways. When it comes to football clubs, the main concern has to be success on the — Read more →