Category Archives: Premiership

The SPL: Defenders of the faith or lacking perspective?
By L Dunsire |

An SPL club struggling financially. A wealthy owner no longer backing them. Players unhappy over unpaid wages. Cutbacks desperately required. The very future of the club being called into question. Looking for a new buyer and fresh investment. Crippling debt. Sound familiar? This certainly could be Hearts that I’m referring to, and it could be [Read more]

A Message to you Rudi
By L Dunsire |

We seldom see such a perfect match in football between player and club as the one that exists between Rudi Skácel and Heart of Midlothian. He is the Romeo to our Juliet, the Lancelot to our Guinevere, the Harry to our Sally. OK, maybe that’s too far, it’s not THAT kind of love, well not [Read more]

12 months on at Pittodrie: McGhee vs Brown
By L Dunsire |

The start of December marked a full year since Aberdeen parted company with Mark McGhee, and ironically it also began with the same fixture that ended McGhee’s dismal reign as manager. So, 12 months on, has new Dons boss Craig Brown made significant improvement at Pittodrie? The obvious place to start is the game against [Read more]

Small Squad & Youth Focus: How will Romanov & Hearts restructure long term?
By L Dunsire |

Following a turbulent week down Gorgie way, Vladimir Romanov has hinted strongly at not only drastic cost cutting measures at Hearts, but also that he is open to the possibility of selling on at least some of his stake in the Tynecastle club. Little surprise really, especially in a struggling economy in which the Russian [Read more]

10 SPL Halloween Horror Shows
By L Dunsire |

Halloween is upon us once again, and the SPL provided some more gruesome encounters over the course of the weekend. Horrific refereeing at Tynecastle, coupled with a frighteningly toothless Hearts attack lead to Paulo Sergio, possessed with rage and injustice, being sent angrily to the stands. And if that wasn’t enough to turn your hair [Read more]

Houston, we have a problem. Or do we?
By N Redpath |

Is Houston’s time up at United, or is it another complete overreaction from fans and the media?

Club & Council Stadium Partnerships: Viable for Hearts in Edinburgh?
By L Dunsire |

The possibility of a partnership between Heart of Midlothian Football Club and Edinburgh Council is already dividing opinion in the capital. Many argue that public money should not be spent on financing a facility for a private business, but joint ventures between local authority and football club are not uncommon. No fewer than 20 partnerships [Read more]

Odds stacked against Jim Jefferies and Hearts in SPL opener
By L Dunsire |

On Saturday afternoon Ibrox stadium will host the traditional unfurling of the league championship flag, which marks the start of the new season – and the seventh occasion that Rangers have been involved in the event since the SPL began in 1998. Visitors to face the champions will be Jim Jefferies’ Hearts side, who themselves [Read more]

Celtic and Lennon prepare for the new season
By M Spowart |

After reaching their highest points total in a season since the Martin O’Neill era few could suggest that Neil Lennon isn’t guiding Celtic in the right direction. In a season packed with controversy on and off the field the idea that Celtic were arguably only two games short of winning a treble did little to [Read more]

The Hidden Gems of the Scottish League
By L Dunsire |

For many years the SPL clubs overspent, and an influx of highly paid foreigners left our game in a terrible state. From Rangers breaking the Scottish transfer record to sign Tore Andre Flo, to Hibernian spending the best part of one million pounds on Ulises de la Cruz, for a time our clubs were spending [Read more]