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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 →

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 →

Chippy Hero #1: Marius Niculae

To earn the mantle of ‘Chippy Hero’, a strict set of criterion must be met. That is, the player in question must have a suitably bizarre back-story, a taste for controversy and generally exhibit a certain je ne sais quoi… Continue Reading →

Resurgent Edinburgh City proving the pyramid was the right move

Edinburgh City will start 2017 in high spirits after some impressive results at the tail end of the year saw them revive their chances of staying in Ladbrokes League Two come the end of the season. City are undefeated in… 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 →

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 →

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 →

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