Category Archives: Premiership

Time for an end to the annual Split farce
By J Bleasdale |

WHEN the top flight clubs announced a 12 team league back in 2000, they done so with an innovative move to split the table in half after they played each other three times. After that, the top six sides would come up against each other another once and likewise the bottom six, promising a frantic [Read more]

Is Clarke a shoe-in for Manager of the Year?
By J Bleasdale |

THE nominations for Manager of the Year are only weeks away and many column inches in the media will be spent arguing which boss deserves the accolade of Top Dog in season 2017/18. Naturally, Brendan Rodgers will be favourite to land a second successive gong as he leads Celtic to seven titles in a row [Read more]

McCannt believe Neil gets an easy media ride
By J Bleasdale |

MOST managers who have a team hovering just above the relegation zone, constantly slate their players in public and disgrace themselves by having a go at individuals in the opposition dugout would be hammered by journalists and pundits up and down the country. Neil McCann is an exception to the rule. Having overseen the clubs [Read more]

The Scottish Premiership Mid-Season Review
By J Bleasdale |

SCOTLAND’S top flight clubs have reached the midway point of their season, with all but four clubs (the St Johnstone v Motherwell and Hamilton v Kilmarnock fixtures are to be rearranged) having played each other twice in their 22 games this season. As the players dust themselves down over the two week January shutdown before [Read more]

Archibald needs another Christmas miracle to halt Thistle’s slide
By J Bleasdale |

PARTICK Thistle go into a busy festive schedule rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Premiership, four points adrift of Ross County and Dundee with a game in hand to come against Celtic at Parkhead. It’s a similar tale to twelve months ago when the Jags were bottom of the table, and they had a [Read more]

McInnes stays, now he must refocus and galvanise Aberdeen again
By J Bleasdale |

SIX weeks of mayhem and speculation that Derek McInnes would jump ship and join Rangers is over as he has, at last, confirmed that he is staying at Aberdeen, despite a formal approach from his boyhood team. Aberdeen confirmed in a statement, including quotes from the manager himself, that McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty [Read more]

Time the media accepted McInnes is HAPPY at Aberdeen
By J Bleasdale |

EVER since Rangers sacked Pedro Caixinha following a disastrous six months in the Ibrox hot seat, large sections of the Scottish media have went into overdrive in trying to get Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes to replace the Portuguese flop. For four weeks, we’ve had to endure endless assurances that McInnes, a former Rangers player and [Read more]

Record seeking Celtic return to the scene of the last domestic crime
By J Bleasdale |

MAY 2016, the penultimate game of the 2015/16 season. St Johnstone inflict a 2-1 defeat on a Celtic side, who’d just clinched their fifth title in a row, in a bog standard end of season game where neither side had anything to play for. Little did anyone know back then that the Hoops would go [Read more]

Barking mad Pedro on his bike as Rangers unnecessary gamble fails
By J Bleasdale |

THE dog has barked, Pedro Caixinha is cycling away from Ibrox, towing a caravan of destruction. Yes, the Portuguese manager leaves Rangers with a legacy based on crazy statements and poor results, resulting in his dismissal after less than 300 days into a three year contract. Normally, you’d feel sorry for a manager for losing [Read more]

Robinson’s Special Ingredients a recipe for Motherwell to savour
By J Bleasdale |

STEPHEN Robinson’s appointment as Motherwell Manager back in March was viewed as underwhelming, with many blasting the club in opting for the so-called cheap option to replace Mark McGhee. Having just done enough to preserve the clubs 33 year stint in Scotland’s top flight, most pundits and bloggers, including yours truly, tipped the Fir Park [Read more]