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Roddy Cairns

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 →

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 →

Déja Blue: can lightning strike twice for sorry Stranraer?

Bottom of the league. Fans questioning the manager’s position. Criticism over the style of play. Welcome to January 2017, Stranraer FC style. Supporters of the Blues, however, have seen this movie before. In fact, January 2017 looks startlingly similar to… Continue Reading →

Spin City: Scottish football clubs perfect the art of making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear

The January transfer window is a time of great excitement, full of money, intrigue and drama. If you live in England. North of the Border, the reality is a little different. In last year’s instalment, Celtic’s canny signing of Erik… Continue Reading →

Review: Forever Pure shines a beautiful light on the ugly side of Israeli football

“Here we are, the most racist team in the country”. So goes the favourite ditty of fans of Beitar Jerusalem, the subject of the engaging BBC Storyville documentary Forever Pure. Israel’s most popular team, Beitar is considered to be the… Continue Reading →

Hibs’ Christmas initiative provides proof that Scottish football can be a force for good.

Hibernian FC have announced that the club will open its Easter Road home on Christmas day to those who “might not otherwise enjoy” the festive period. The “Gamechanger Christmas” initiative, delivered by the club’s community foundation and NHS Lothian, will… Continue Reading →

So, how was it for you? Putting the romance back into the League Cup.

The League Cup. Was there ever a less thrilling three-word phrase? For some time now, Scottish football’s relationship with its third major trophy has not so much resembled a love affair as a stale marriage. Sure, there were some high… Continue Reading →

In defence of the diddy teams…

It would not be an exaggeration to suggest that Hearts owner Anne Budge is Scottish football’s most popular administrator. In a field cluttered with individuals that supporters view variously as “blazers”, “bean-counters” and general egomaniacs, Budge has managed to carve… Continue Reading →

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