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Partick Thistle: the dozing giant of Scottish football hipsterdom?

Football and hipsterdom have long walked hand in hand, with an “alternative” club seeming to pop up in every jurisdiction of the beautiful game. These cult entities are generally fan-centred, inclusive and politically left leaning, with their supporter culture often… Continue Reading →

Musical shirts at Easter Road: who was left wearing green when the music stopped?

It’s fair to say that Hibernian FC had an eventful January. Six players in, five players out. One name even managed to make it onto both of those lists. Given that, as of 31 December, the Edinburgh club’s squad was… Continue Reading →

What Neil McCann needs to kickstart stagnant Dundee

After performing the sort of U-turn usually reserved for British politicians, Neil McCann is currently in the midst of his first full week as Dundee boss. Following an underwhelming season at Dens we take a look at what the former… Continue Reading →

Stretching a shoestring: does Stevie Aitken deserve a shot at a full-time club?

After another season of managerial musical chairs, both Dundee and Inverness were the clubs left standing after the music stopped. Dundee have opted to take a chance on Neil McCann, after unsuccessfully courting Jack Ross. One man linked, but rarely… Continue Reading →

Is this as good as it gets for McInnes and Aberdeen?

In a season in which Celtic’s “Invincibles” have swept all before them, many feared that Saturday’s Scottish Cup would only serve to highlight an unflatteringly massive gap between Scotland’s first and second best teams. As it turned out, Aberdeen made… Continue Reading →

No need for fear and loathing at Caley Thistle

The late Hunter S Thompson, while lamenting the end of the 1960s drug scene, once said: ‘you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost… Continue Reading →

Chippy Hero #3: Alexei Eremenko Junior

There are many ways for a player to reach the top of Scottish football. Some dazzle us with their speed and power, blowing away the opposition in a Blitzkrieg of frightening wingplay. Others, like the oft-maligned Kris Boyd, bury their… Continue Reading →

Edinburgh 22-32 La Rochelle: Second half fightback too little too late as Edinburgh crash out of Challenge Cup

A second half comeback from Edinburgh was not enough to prevent them crashing out of the European Challenge Cup at the hands of Top 14 leaders La Rochelle. Identical tries from line-out mauls by hooker Jeremie Maurouard in the opening… Continue Reading →

Chippy Hero #2: Eugene ‘Who’s the Dadi?’

Eugene Dadi. A man who flirted with Scottish football for just two seasons, yet one that many will remember in some way or another, particularly those connected with Aberdeen and Livingston. A man who had a penchant for the sublime,… Continue Reading →

Six Nations Preview: Same old optimism, different Scotland?

There is an audible sigh of relief across Great Britain and Ireland. The end of a long, dark, cold January slips into a short, dark, cold February. But this month sees the fiery passion of the Six Nations light up… Continue Reading →

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