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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Foran’s forage into management is faltering

0 league wins in the last 10 games is a dismal record for anyone. But for Inverness Caley’s fledgling young manager, Richie Foran, it could prove to be that bit more fatal. If an experienced ‘been-round-the-block’ manager was on a… Continue Reading →

The SFA is in another galaxy if it wants to go the Malky way

It has been revealed this week that Malky Mackay is on the verge of being named as the SFA’s new performance director, after previous favourite Austin McPhee decided to take the role as Hearts’ assistant manager, alongside Ian Cathro. The… Continue Reading →

Scotland’s prodigal son? We should celebrate the dawn of Ian Cathro

After Robbie Neilson’s anticipated, and unnecessarily dramatic, exit from Hearts FC earlier this week, the Scottish footballing world held a collective breath, eagerly anticipating the club’s next move. Hearts have gone bold and handed the managerial reigns to 30-year-old Ian… 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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