David Bates: The Ginger Ramos in 2. Bundesliga

In a generation where footballers from the United Kingdom are branching into foreign markets, it has now become an attractive prospect for players to kick-off their professional careers. We have seen great success for Jadon Sancho at Borussia Dortmund whilst the likes of Reece Oxford (Augsburg), Reiss Nelson (Hoffenheim) and Rabi Matondo (Schalke) have made…

Gers Ignite Title Race With Bargain Pick Ups In Mad Dash Through January Sales

You can feel it; that chill in the air, the darkness when you leave for work and darkness on your return home. The constant defrosting of your car in the morning and the taking down of the Christmas tree. There really is not a lot to look forward to in the month of January. Except for the January sales, of course. The thrill of trying to snag the bargain buys that will see you through the year.
Well, my friends Dave King, Mark Allan and Steven Gerrard were first in the queue this year: picking up the bargains before anyone else even had a chance to browse through the rack.

Shut the Window?!

Written for Pure Fitbaw by Chris Samson of Sports Marketing Scotland    Can you remember a time without the Transfer Window or Deadline Day off the top of your head? I’m willing to bet it’s a bit of a struggle without the use of Google. Both have become synonymous with modern football, but not across…

Motherwell – January Window update

2018 was a strange year for Motherwell fans… There were some great highs, such as reaching the Scottish Cup final, our second major final of the 2017/18 campaign and beating four top flight sides on the way to what was a magnificent day, despite being on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline against Celtic…

Bargain Hunter: Scottish League 2 Edition

It’s January, the sales have started and the bargain hunters are already out in force. Football clubs are no different. However, the January transfer window can be a difficult time for clubs to find value in. Chairmen can be frozen with indecision. Stick or twist? Sky Sports News’ yellow-tied deadline day hysteria looms ahead. Will you be stuck with a dud on a 36 month contract if you make the wrong move? Can you trust your team’s manager to pick the right transfer targets if he can’t even pick up three points now and again? Is the journeyman centre back you’re so keen on worth the money? Do you need to keep the money for a rebuilding project and a new manager in the summer? When do the shops close? All these questions are making me need some retail therapy!

Pure Fitbaw has braved the crowds queuing at 6am outside shopping centres, cast our eye over umpteen displays of last season’s out of style stock and picked out a handful of bargains that are currently plying their trade in Scotland’s SPFL League 2.

St Johnstone – 3 players that Saints could target in January.

Written for Purefitbaw by Calum Brown…   I take a look at St Johnstone’s potential exploits in the January transfer window, with the Perth club looking to continue their impressive start to the season. The Saints sit 6th in the top flight thanks to a superb defensive record, and stand-out performances from the likes of…

Hearts F.C Jan 2019 – Less Is More…

When I was asked to produce this piece looking into what my club will look to achieve this upcoming transfer window, I jumped at the chance. Finally, I had an excuse to prize myself away from endless debates over fan conduct and having to explain why Ann Budge never being seen in her Ellesse tracksuit…

5 players that Partick Thistle could sign

Since the summer, Partick Thistle have gone from a club fighting for a return to the Premiership, to a club fighting against the embarrassment of a second relegation in a row. Gary Caldwell replaced club legend Alan Archibald back in October, but the change has not had the impact required. In fact, results have worsened…

Scott Shepherd – Loan Dangers and City Slickers

Joining the once prestigious Falkirk/Forth valley Academy from a local Perth team (Bridge of Earn) Scott Shepherd like many young Scottish players could not ask for a better place to go and learn his trade. The Academy has produced a number of talented players over the years, most can now be found playing in The…

The Love Hate Relationship That Rangers Are Missing

Three lacklustre performances from Steven Gerrard’s Rangers in a row have highlighted the side’s lack of a creative spark in the middle of the park. Unable to break through the lines, playing in front of the opposition and not being able to break down low blocks are just some of the valid criticisms made about recent play. Are Rangers missing Josh Windass?