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 been a while since Scottish football fans got properly excited for a January transfer window. Most clubs can only rely on loans and free agents but the country’s top clubs are preparing for a busy month as a potential title race heats up beyond the winter months. We've already had the arrivals of Jermaine Defoe and Oliver Burke as well as the return to Scottish clubs of Ryan Gauld and Steven Davis - all on loan. It is another loan move that seems most intriguing and for reasons that are more than meets the eye. Timothy Weah, son of African footballing icon and current Liberian president George Weah, has joined Celtic on loan from PSG until the end of this season. Eighteen year old Weah will join the Hoops at their Winter training camp in Dubai as they make preparations to bounce back from their recent Old Firm derby disappointment. The young striker will be expected to provide fierce competition for Celtic's record signing Odsonne Edouard, himself an initial loan arrival from PSG, while Leigh Griffiths recovers from personal issues.
Nick Montgomery, former Sheffield United captain and Scotland Under 21 midfielder, is now the assistant coach for Australian club Central Coast Mariners. He spoke to Pure Fitbaw about coaching the world's fastest man Usain Bolt, the Scottish connection at the club and Celtic's Aussie wonderkid Daniel Arzani.
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.
Scottish Football needs vocal people in the game. For too long we have celebrated our domestic game without an overhaul of our blueprint to question our consistent failure on football’s main stage through both the national team and our clubs playing in europe. In terms of coaches and managers we are too quick to … Continue reading Ziggy Gordon: Back from Poland, back with Hamilton
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.
The drums were going, the flags were placed, the stage was set. Over 2000 Dumbarton fans travelled up to Perth to see the Challenge Cup final. Meeting us there, would be an Inverness side, hoping to repeat the scenes from their Challenge Cup win in 2004 and their Scottish Cup win in 2015. For Dumbarton, … Continue reading Dumbarton vs Inverness – Challenge Cup Final