Sunshine on Oriam as Hibs under-20s cap League and Cup double-winning season

Hibs’ all-conquering under-20s Development squad received the league trophy after beating Motherwell 4-2 on the final day of the season. It followed hot on the heels of the young Hibees’ Scottish Youth Cup triumph over Aberdeen at Hampden last week to cap off a memorable double-winning season. Pure Fitbaw was there.

Raise An Espresso, Not Eyebrows: Liam Henderson in Italy

It is fair to say that many eyebrows were raised when Liam Henderson swapped Parkhead for the Stadio San Nicola. With rumored interested from Preston North End and Hibs, it would have been considered a fairly left field prediction that Henderson would be joining the promotion chasing Serie B side F.C. Bari on a contract which runs until 2020.

Three Changes Rangers Could Make Before Facing Celtic Again This Sunday

Rangers’ mindset and tactics were all wrong for the Old Firm Scottish Cup semi-final game before a ball was kicked and,  as the game unfolded at Hampden, Celtic took control.
Rangers are unlikely to accept more of the same, and need drastic change.

So what are three changes Rangers could make for when they meet again this Sunday?

World Cup 2018 Group B: Spanish Creatives, Cristiano Ronaldo and Moroccan Memories

On the 15th of June Group B of the 2018 World Cup begins with Morocco v Iran and Portugal v Spain. As with Group A, we will be previewing the group by highlighting a key element of a team, a star player and a Scottish connection. Our preview kicks off with a look at Spain’s creative options before we pick out Cristiano Ronaldo as our star to watch and finally revisit Scotland’s last match at a World Cup – 1998’s loss to Morocco. Mark Thompson’s excellent guide to football stats may be of use throughout the comparison of La Furia Roja’s attacking midfielders and the dig into the numbers underlying CR7’s extraordinary performance levels.

World Cup 2018 Group A: Uruguayan Spine, Mo Salah and a Saudi Arabian Robbery in Scotland

In just over eight weeks World Cup 2018 kicks off in Russia. Scotland may not have qualified for this one, or indeed any within the last twenty years, but we can still participate – as armchair analysts, fans of adopted nations and of course green eyed ‘anyone but England’ onlookers! Here at Pure Fitbaw we will be previewing a first round group each week in the lead up to June 14th’s opener between Russia and Saudi Arabia by highlighting a key element of a team, a star player and a Scottish connection. 

In addition to Russia and Saudi Arabia Group A includes Egypt and Uruguay and it is those two nations which feature predominantly in our first preview with a look at the South American team’s spine and Egyptian star Mohamed Salah.

Celtic v Hibs – Dev. League U20s

Celtic and Hibs under 20s clashed at Cappielow Park in Greenock on Monday. Pure Fitbaw was there to run the rule over the next generation of Hoops and Hibees stars.

Scouting the Week

We review the past week’s content on Pure Fitbaw ICYMI and take a look at what’s coming up this week as we Scout the Week in Scottish football.