A weekend of massive games. Oh and a cup final.

Well, there’s some BIG games in Scotland this week. It all starts with Motherwell Vs. Hibs tonight in the SPL. Considering the form of Well’s Michael Higdon (Boo! His goal got us relegated.), Hibs’ Leigh Griffiths and the fact the last ten games between these two sides has resulted in 45 goals, an entertaining game is in order. Mind you, now that I’ve said that, it’ll be 0-0. I’m wanting anything but a Motherwell win tonight, only because we’re competing with them!

Then tomorrow we have possibly the biggest Highland derby (“El Kessocko” still doesn’t sound right to me and I shudder at “Cold Firm”) of ALL TIME with both teams fighting to cement a top 6 place and make a charge for European football! If you’d told me that at the start of the season I wouldn’t have believed you but both teams have been absolutely fantastic. Being a loyal ICT fan of course, I’ll be there, cheering on Terry and the boys. I’ll be doing a post on the atmosphere and game tomorrow, so watch this space. Especially if you’ve never experienced it. It promises to be an absolute belter.

In fact if you are able to go, GO! Scottish football needs your support!

Celtic host Aberdeen on Saturday in the other SPL game. There are some rumours going about that this could possibly be Craig Brown’s final game in charge, if Aberdeen are able to find a new manager soon, since he decided that he will be retiring at the end of the season. I personally can’t see that being the case and I reckon Brown will stay on for the remaining games of the season, due to the fact there’s not that many left.

Then on Sunday there’s a Dundee Derby at Tannadice. I’d imagine United to be the strong favourites, but some are saying that Dundee are having a mini revival.
It seems that the Dark Blues will be replacing Rab Douglas in goals with new signing Steve Simonsen, the former Stoke goalkeeper. There’s stories going around that new Dundee manager John Brown told Douglas to pack up and get out. If this is the case, it’s a pretty disgraceful way to treat a loyal servant of the club, regardless of his sub-par performances this season. The official line is that Douglas is carrying an injury and is being given time off to recover. Only time will tell as to what the truth is.

There is another game on Sunday. Just the small matter of the League Cup final. St. Mirren take on Hearts for the first trophy of the season at Hampden. St. Mirren will be attempting to win this trophy for the first time in their history, whilst Hearts are after their 5th. Given both teams form, I’d say the men from Paisley might be slight favourites, but the Caley Jags were favourites to beat Hearts in the semi-final and we were knocked out. I’d have to say I’d prefer a Saints win, if only because the Jambos knocked us out and the fact my great grandfather played for St. Mirren in the 1940’s.

It promises to be a good weekend of football in Scotland, so if you can GET TO A GAME!


Kicking off

Look at that title.  LOOK AT IT.  It’s possibly gone way over everyone’s head.

Yes, it took me all of 2 seconds to equate my first post proper, with kicking off.

You’re still here?  Great.

I’ll begin (kick off? – I’ll stop) with where I suppose would be a natural starting point.  Last weekend’s action.  The big talking points would be Ross County’s defeat of Celtic and Leigh Griffith’s phantom goal in the Edinburgh derby.  Now, regarding the first game, I have to say I’m disappointed that the overall media position has been to discuss how poor Celtic were, rather than giving Ross County the rightful credit for coming back to win after being 2-0 down.  This has always been the case though in Scotland, that very rarely is a team given credit for defeating the Old Firm, it’s nearly always that the Old Firm didn’t turn up.  So I’ll say well done to County.  However they have no chance on Saturday, when ICT are gonna smash them in the derby.

On to the Edinburgh derby and Hibs.  Let’s face it, it wasn’t the most exciting of games yesterday, barring the non allowance of an absolute beaster of a free kick from Leigh Griffiths.  A good bit over the line, but one of the assistant refs couldn’t guarantee it was over.  Can’t say it’s the first time I’ve seen terrible officiating in the SPL.  Credit to Leigh Griffiths too, he didn’t lose his head.  He’s without doubt been one of the best players this year and he’s definitely a character.  It’d be good to see him stay in the SPL, but if Wolves continue to be as bad as they are, they might need his goals next season in League 1.

Also credit to another Hibs player, Kevin Thomson.  It’s been revealed he’s signed for his former club until the end of the season, without pay.  It’s fantastic to see.  He said he understands the current financial climate so has decided to help put the club first.  It’s great for him also because he can get games, stay fit and put himself in the shop window.

It makes you wonder why we haven’t seen something similar from Craig Gordon, the last I heard he was on the coaching staff at Dumbarton.  Are his wage demands too high?  I  can’t believe no one seems willing to take a risk on him.

Well that’s my first post done.  Thanks for reading.