International Break Scouting: Cucho and Ibrahim Sangaré

Here, deep in the bowels of Pure Fitbaw Towers, we've finished basking in the glow of a Scottish victory over Albania in the Nations League and have fired up the dusty old statistical scouting databases, twiddled with our abacuses and watched hours and hours of game footage to bring you the first of our International Break scouting reports. Each International Break we will analyse some stats and highlight some young players to keep your eye on throughout the season.

Deadline Day Regrets: SPFL Players That Should Have Moved To England

Transfer deadline day can be an anti-climactic event - promising so much in the build-up but delivering little aside from a few middle of the road moves and a lot of reporters waiting idly at grounds where nothing is happening. Still, we are all lured into watching Jim White and his yellow tie even if his reporting colleague, seemingly there just to be a glamorous looking sidekick, tends to actually offer more than White when it comes to football knowledge on the odd occasion she is permitted to speak. The highest profile departure from the SPFL to cross the border on their earlier than normal deadline day this season was Josh Windass in a move to Wigan for a reported £2.5 million fee. Here at Pure Fitbaw we have highlighted a few more players that should have looked for an exit strategy at that point and brought a little more excitement to deadline day. 

Is Tactical Analysis McCall Guesswork?

Pure Fitbaw spoke to Stuart McCall at the IRN-BRU Cup 2nd Round draw recently and we took the opportunity to ask him about his experiences playing for Scotland and his thoughts about the national team ahead of our fixtures in September. McCall was selected for Italia 90 just months after his international debut and scored his only Scotland goal in the group stage match against Sweden. We've reviewed the goal to understand how this incredible moment came about for the player.

Defending Brendan: Celtic’s Defensive Issues and Three Transfer Fixes

Trouble is brewing in paradise as Celtic are in dire need of adding new blood to a squad that is about to come up against their biggest test in recent years. There seems to be a disconnect between manager Brendan Rodgers and the Celtic board in terms of their transfer policy and, given the improvements that Rangers, Hibs and Hearts have made this summer as well as the difficulty of navigating multiple Champions League qualifying rounds, this is happening at a critical time. In the green and white hoops you are always only as good as your last performance and it already seems like so long ago that the club made history with a double treble.  Pure Fitbaw has some potential solutions to shore up the Celtic backline but first let's examine why a fix is needed before August 31st when the transfer window closes.

Liam Lindsay: Players’ Player Of The Year Continues Barnsley’s Scottish Connection

“If he’s any good, why haven’t Celtic or Rangers signed him?”, I’ve got to be honest, that was my response when we brought Liam Lindsay to South Yorkshire last summer. I’m not afraid to hold my hands up when it comes to being wrong, certainly when it means a player is doing well for my team. It’s quite a cynical response but I couldn’t be more pleased that he seems to have slipped through the net of the Glasgow giants, for now at least.

Pure Fitbaw’s Top Ten SPFL Premiership Transfers 2018

As we say goodbye to the glitz and glamour of the World Cup, we remind ourselves that our beloved league football is just days away. The Scottish Premiership and the highs, lows and downright amusing stories that come with it returns on August 4th. As such, it’s time to profile some of the impressive transfer activity that has taken place across the league this summer. Chequebooks have been cracked open to bring in big names and we have also seen the return of some familiar faces in clever transfer negotiations. Here are our top 10 transfers of the summer so far.

Patrick Roberts: From Bhoy To Man

Written for Pure Fitbaw by Paul McGarraghy (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Over The Bar - An Independent Football Fansite) When Manchester City signed Patrick Roberts from Fulham on 19 July 2015, many fans of the English Championship side expected him to spend some time bedding in at his new club. However, nobody could really be sure if he’d get the opportunity to fulfil his potential at a club where playing time would be limited, given the star names in the first team squad. City paid the Cottagers a fee of approximately £12 million for Roberts, who was just 18 at the time, and a fee like that for a prospective talent usually indicates the high regards in which the buying club holds the player. However, as could be expected, playing time was restricted, despite Roberts impressing during pre-season and back –to-back loans at Celtic would follow.

Three Tartan Defenders To Add To Swansea’s Scottish Connection

As Alfie Mawson nears the completion of a £20 million move from Swansea City to Fulham F.C. we take a look at central defenders manager Graham Potter could consider as replacements while also further strengthening the Scottish connection at the club. Pure Fitbaw profiles three players the Swans could attempt to recruit for the campaign to bounce back from last season's relegation to the English Championship.