J Bleasdale

I am a football fan with a passion for writing, briefly studied journalism before other priorities got in the way. Enjoy blogging as its my way of expressing my thoughts on Scottish Football. Even though I'm an Aberdeen fan primarily, I'm happy to express my impartial views on other clubs.

How Motherwell’s dip stems from a Manager who’s lost the plot
By J Bleasdale |

MOTHERWELL fans take pride in the fact their club has the third longest run in Scotland’s top flight, bettered only by Celtic and Aberdeen. However, their 32 year reign is under threat following a run of dismal results and performances that leave the Fir Park club just two points above second bottom Inverness and just [Read more]

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Is Clark exit a blow or boost for Killie?
By J Bleasdale |

AFTER one year and one day into the job, Lee Clark decided to exit Kilmarnock in favour of League One strugglers Bury. Clark departs Rugby Park with the club narrowly in the top six and just four points ahead of Hamilton, who occupy the dreaded playoff position, having overseen 22 player arrivals in just two [Read more]

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Why a manager isn’t the only thing Rangers should change
By J Bleasdale |

FRIDAY nights events at Ibrox will go down as one of the biggest PR disasters in the history of Rangers Football Club. At around 9pm, they publically announced that they accepted the resignations of Manager Mark Warburton, his number two David Weir and Head of Recruitment Frank McParland, only for Warburton to declare 40 minutes [Read more]

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Scottish Cup Fifth Round Preview
By J Bleasdale |

SIXTEEN teams one dream! Yes, it’s Scottish Cup Fifth Round weekend and the road to Hampden gets ever closer for the eight sides who will advance to the Quarter Finals of the famous old competition. Unlike our spoilt counterparts down south, the national Cup competition means something to the clubs up here and are all [Read more]

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Return of the Premiership – what’s in store?
By J Bleasdale |

FRESH from their mid-season break and last weekends Scottish Cup ties, Premiership action returns this weekend. Although the title race is already effectively over, with the fat lady well and truly warming up, there is still enough interest to keep punters betting on outcomes such as who will finish best of the rest, take up [Read more]

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Is Ryan Christie worth the gamble?
By J Bleasdale |

WHEN James Maddison’s loan deal expired at the beginning of the month, Aberdeen needed to fill the gap with another creative midfielder capable of unlocking a sturdy defence and winning a game with a piece of skill and brilliance. Initial talk was that the £6million man from Norwich would be allowed to continue his development [Read more]

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Scottish Cup 4th Round Preview
By J Bleasdale |

THIS weekend is one of the most anticipated in the Scottish Football calendar as the top flight clubs enter the fourth round of the Scottish Cup. It’s that time of year when lower division clubs dream of pulling off a giant killing act to write their name into Scottish Football folklore, whilst the top clubs [Read more]

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Scottish Football Review of 2016
By J Bleasdale |

ANOTHER calendar year is almost at an end and it’s that time of year where people look back over the last twelve months – and Scottish Football is no different. The year started with the threat of a title challenge from Aberdeen after they defeated Celtic to close the gap at the top of the [Read more]

MacKay deserves second chance – but not as Performance Director!
By J Bleasdale |

AFTER seven months of searching, the SFA have found their new Performance Director, entrusted in overseeing the development of the next generation of talented players from our country. It looked as though Austin McPhee was destined for the role before he opted to join Ian Cathro at Hearts, therefore Stewart Regan turned to Malky MacKay [Read more]

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Why Robbie Neilson should stay at Hearts – for now!
By J Bleasdale |

HEARTS have made remarkable progress on and off the pitch since being rescued from Vladimir Romanov’s sinking submarine in 2014. There was the short term pain of relegation with a team of kids whilst Ann Budge, along with fellow Jambos, completed her takeover but the club have risen to being one of the top sides [Read more]

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