Episode One of the Pure Fitbaw podcast with Gavin Miller and Owen Brown soundcloud.com/purefitbaw/pure-fitbaw-episode-one/s-YhLqb
In recent years, Scottish Football has made small steps towards ridding itself of the “jobs for the boys” tag which has hung about it for so long. Young, ambitious coaches are being given more opportunities than before, with the usual merry-go-round of chancers finding it increasingly difficult to obtain jobs they would’ve walked into before … Continue reading Jonatan Johansson at Morton – Where has it all gone wrong?
The winter break is over! Wipe the sleep from your eyes, knock the remnants of a James Tavernier flung snowball from your hair, briefly register the shock of Auchinleck Talbot's giant killing triumph in the cup and strap in for the return of the Scottish Premiership.
One of the stories of the season has been the appointment of Steven Gerrard as Rangers manager. Ahead of tonight's Kilmarnock versus Rangers clash (with added Jordan Jones flavoured spice ) two Pure Fitbaw writers had a quick WhatsApp conversation rating Gerrard's time at Ibrox so far.
On Saturday the 5 of January Jordan Jones, Kilmarnock’s influential left-winger, signed a pre-contract for Rangers which will lead to him playing for the Ibrox club from the start of the 2019/20 season. This deal, taking Jones to Ibrox in the summer along with Dundee’s Glen Kamara, has left a sour taste in the mouth of Kilmarnock fans who have grown to love Jones’ performances in the stripes. Over the past two and a half years Jones has rebuilt his career at Kilmarnock after being released by Middlesbrough following a troubled spell at the Teesside club. However, his social media posts celebrating sealing the Rangers deal have added fuel onto the fire. Many Killie fans are annoyed that Jones seems to be thinking ahead to the summer and may lack the motivation to put in good performances for his current club.
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.
I'm an avid Accies fan and feel well qualified to tell you it has been an awful season so far. Signings are needed in the January window if the team are to be sure of avoiding relegation from the SPFL Premiership. Hamilton rarely spend any money, tending to feed off the last scraps available at the end of the transfer market, which can make it difficult to identify players that the club might sign. However, for Pure Fitbaw I will outline issues with the current squad and profile a couple of free agents and bargain deals that could help save the season
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.
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?
With over 18 million sales in the last twenty-five years PC game Football Manager is a footballing behemoth. You're unlikely to find many football fans that haven’t come across it in one form or another. The 2019 edition launches this weekend and, with a focus on our fellow Scots, I’ve drawn up a list of potential signings that may be of interest as you start your new games.