Last month’s 2-0 Scottish Cup semi-final defeat against Celtic at Hampden, along with Sundays 4-0 defeat to league leaders, Rangers, had Aberdeen fans asking themselves a similar question. Why can’t they beat the Glasgow pair when it matters the most? Many Scottish football enthusiasts like myself thought that after the league encounter with Celtic the … Continue reading Aberdeen – Mentality or Not Good Enough?
The Lowland League is shaping up to be the most exciting league in Scotland this season, with a number of teams challenging for the title, and a promotion play-off place. The top seven are currently separated by just five points, but we are starting to get a picture of who is best placed to take … Continue reading The Lowland League – Title Runners and Riders
There aren’t many individuals in history that can say they inspired a generation. Even fewer who can say they inspired multiple. Late on Wednesday afternoon news started to trickle in that perhaps the greatest footballer in the history of the sport, Diego Armando Maradona, had passed away. For some, an inconceivable notion that an immortal … Continue reading The Everlasting Legacy of Diego Armando Maradona
For the first time since 1998, Scotland are playing in a major international tournament, largely thanks to the heroics of David Marshall. However, the man from Glasgow is 35. Time waits for no one, not even legends. After the 2021 EURO cycle, it will be time to find the next goalkeeper for The Tartan Army. … Continue reading Finding the Heir to David Marshall’s Throne
"Tom Boyd didn’t mean to score the own goal. It was a mistake. It was not his fault." My teacher told me this when I was 8 years old. She was trying to explain why we got beat by Brazil in the opening match of the 1998 World Cup. This is my first memory of … Continue reading What It’s Like To Be a Scotland Fan
The biggest of things require the least preamble and this, well, this is the distance from your seat at Hampden to the pitch, the average number of inches of waist added to kilt sizes since the trip to France in 1998 and the likelihood (thanks Covid-19!) that the Euros will played without Tartan Army supporters regardless of whether we qualify or not all added up together. It's big. One match to decide if we qualify for our first men's international tournament in over 20 years. So, what are the quick details we need to know about Serbia?
For our first This Week In Premiership Stats look at individual players we're going to keep it pretty straightforward. A little less of me pointing wildly at charts of percentage breakdowns of passes made per attack and a little more of just chatting about who kicks the ball at the goal the most. So, here are the players that pull the trigger the most from open play in the Scottish Premiership so far this season and their average xG per shot.
After having completed almost a complete cycle for all clubs, with the exception lying in the COVID related postponements, it's safe to say we have a basic understanding of how each team is performing and what we might expect from them in the coming months. You can see a round-up of some of the underlying … Continue reading Scottish Premiership Manager Power Rankings – October
Nearly a full round of eleven matches each for the twelve Scottish Premiership teams seems like a fair point to at which to stop and take stock. Points win prizes but some other numbers can give us a more reliable indication of which team's form might actually carry them to the podium.
Feel like Ross County should have scored more goals than they have? Think Hibs have fluked their way to third? Unsure whether to place that bet on Hamilton Accies surviving another season? Let's take an early look at the Pure Fitbaw Expected Goals Table and pick out a note for each team.