Scottish Football

Some Late Questions to Start the Scottish Premier League Season

By on Jul 23, 2011 in Latest, Scottish Football | 2 comments

Lightning indeed strikes twice in the same spot, but this still remains a less reliable proposition than seeing the Old Firm finishing one on top of another in any given Scottish Premiership season. Despite this, the engagement of a new campaign in the Scottish top flight prompts enough questions in need of answering that makes the competition worth a mention. It...

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Playing With the Numbers: The SPL Decide Against a Ten Team League

By on Jul 20, 2011 in Latest, Scottish Football | 2 comments

We are now nearly five years removed from discussions about the Scottish Premier League expanding with an SPL2 division, sparking a war of words with Scottish Football League officials keen on retaining their say in how Scottish football would operate going forward. Since then, that plan collected a bit of dust that was kicked up regularly as calls were made for...

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When Squared Sausage Meets Currywurst: Scottish & German Clubs Collide

By on Jul 17, 2011 in European Club Football, History, Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

With the speed of a cheetah after it identifies its prey, the Scottish Premier League season approaches. As players in other top flight leagues wake from their midsummer’s naps and beginning stretching for their pre-season action, SPL players are back on their training grounds, preparing for matches that mean more than just a bit of fitness. Most Premier...

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The Calderwood Conundrum

By on Jul 8, 2011 in Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

During the summer, when time is often measured in the latest player transfer rumours rather than in minutes passed, we have become acclimated to the concept of a player having his head “turned” and wanting to leave his current club of employ. In the English Premiership, Arsenal have endured seemingly countless summers of speculation on when club captain...

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A Scheduled Problem: The SPL Starts Early

By on Jul 1, 2011 in Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

When Mick Jagger and Keith Richards kicked around the lyrics and arrangement for “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” neither likely found their inspiration from Scotsmen knocking a ball about. The chorus, however, summarizes somewhat the spot where some clubs from the SPL find themselves as the 2011/12 season approaches and stadium...

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The Heart of the Rant

By on Jun 28, 2011 in Latest, Scottish Football | 2 comments

Often, when bold remarks from an organization become public, they answer more questions than they raise. When a statement comes across as the one released by Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian over the weekend, including references to blackmail, the mafia, and paedophiles, one must query not only just what exactly that statement is speaking to but also...

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Ups And Downs At Livingston

By on Jun 10, 2011 in Latest, Scottish Football | 3 comments

Franchise or Brave New World? It’s now sixteen years since Livingston moved from the Meadowbank Stadium, changed their name and their town. Alasdair Sim writes on a rollercoaster ride. The ‘death knell’ for Livingston Football Club was due to be heralded in 2009 shortly after the team were demoted to the Siberia-esque echelons of the Scottish Football League....

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