After a thoroughly disappointing start to the qualifying campaign, in which Scotland mustered only four points from their opening four games – including a sub-standard 1-1 draw at home to Lithuania, with the point salvaged in the dying embers of the game - Scotland find themselves in the surprising position of holding their destiny in … Continue reading Scotland: Two games from history or Oblivion
It’s amazing what scoring two incredible freekicks in the space of 4 minutes in the powder keg atmosphere of a Scotland vs. England match can do for your reputation. Derided pre-match in certain quarters as not being International class or for only scoring goals in a ‘tin-pot league’, Leigh Griffiths has since been catapulted to … Continue reading Leigh Griffiths: More than the sum of two freekicks
After the Hearts game at Tynecastle in late December I wrote an article on moments in football and their impact on games and seasons. That particular article was inspired by Osman Sow’s last minute equaliser for the hosts and the subsequent anti Ronny Deila outpourings on social media. Sow’s goal, a thumping 25-yard effort, cost … Continue reading Tom Rogic and Moments Revisited
Scotland snatching defeat from the jaws of victory; it’s hardly news and with every passing failed qualification campaign it becomes more and more predictable. However, this time is probably one of the hardest failures to take in recent years given the optimism around Gordon Strachan and his team. An optimism that is perhaps unfounded and … Continue reading Where Now for Scotland?
The aim of all football clubs during a transfer window is to come out of it stronger than they entered it. Keeping top performing players is a priority, as is adding additional quality to the existing playing squad in order to see it improve and move on to the next level. At the very least, … Continue reading Summer Transfer Window 2015
The dust has now settled and the fanfare has played its last note of the pantomime that is the January Transfer Window. It’s time to take a moment to review the transfer goings on at Celtic Park. The initial summary would read that not much has changed; a midfielder has left and been replaced by … Continue reading A quiet January sales at Celtic Park