Thursday, 20 October 2011

Celtic Get Draw In France

Celtic got a draw against Rennes on Thursday after conceding a comedy own goal. Celtic defender, Cha Du Ri attempted a backpass to keeper Fraser Foster which never worked out and the ball rolled into the back of the net.

Celtic battled back into the game and got their goal with Joe Ledley from a Charlie Mulgrew freekick.

Both sides had chances to win the game but it finished 1-1.

So celtic on 2 points from the group with 4 games to play....We might see Sion reinstated when the outcome of their courtcase is resolved.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Weekend Preview

So we return to club action after an international break.

Kilmarnock v Celtic
Aberdeen v Dundee United
Rangers v St Mirren
Hibs v Motherwell
St Johnstone v Inverness

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Can Scotland Do It?

Well tonight Scotland take on Spain in the last Euro 2012 qualifying match. The Scots need to atleast match the result achieved by the Czech Republic, who are a point behind and play in Lithuania.

So with Spain already qualified and look set to rest a few players can the Scots get a result?

Im split in the answer here and cant call the game. I think Spain will have too much for Scotland but I guess we said that about France a few years back.

So goodluck Scotland!

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Weekend Review

Aberdeen 4-0 Dunfermline
Rangers 1-0 Hibs
Kilmarnock 1-2 St Johnstone
Inverness 2-1 St Mirren
Dundee United 1-3 Motherwell
Hearts 2-0 Celtic

Sorry for my long time without a post,Ive been busy with loads of stuff but hopefully everything is back to normal.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Weekend Review.

results for this weekends games were

Dunfermline 2-2 Hibs
Aberdeen 2-2 Kilmarnock
Dundee United 3-1 Inverness
Hearts 2-0 St Mirren
Motherwell 0-3 St Johnstone
Rangers 4-2 Celtic

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Celtic Back In Europe....

Yesterday the Swiss court ruled against Sion  after were kicked out of the competition after Celtic complained about the club fielding players signed while they were subject to a transfer ban.

A statement from the Valais court said: "According to applicable law, the dispute does not have sufficiently close links with the canton of Valais to have a basis of jurisdiction with the local judicial authorities Valais. The measures sought by the applicant were exclusively against UEFA, who have headquarters in Nyon."

So Celtic now have their place in the Europa League group stages and have travelled to Madrid to play Atletico on Thursday night.

Sion now have the right to appeal the decision but it looks to be over for them, How would Uefa handle it if they were to be reinstated considering group games will take place later?

Good luck to Celtic tonight as they are Scotlands only representatives.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Weekend Review.

 A full card of SPL football this weekend,Below are the results.

Dundee United 0-1 Rangers
Celtic 4-0 Motherwell
Inverness 1-1 Hearts
Kilmarnock 3-2 Dunfermline
St Mirren 0-0 St Johnstone
Hibs 0-0 Aberdeen

Friday, 9 September 2011

Weekend Preview.

Just a quick heads up of this weekends fixtures:


Dundee United v Rangers
Celtic v Motherwell
Inverness v Hearts
Kilmarnock v Dunfermline
St Mirren v St Johnstone


Hibs v Aberdeen.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Scotland Suffer Again

Scotland faced the Czech Republic yesterday at hampden which resulted in a 2-2 draw that almost kill Scotland's chances of qualifying for Euro 2012.

The Scots took the lead with Kenny Miller but were pinned back with about 10minutes to go with a goal that might have been seen as lucky. Not to worry, Up pops Darren Fletcher to seeminly win the game for Scotland.

The game wasnt finished there though, Subsitute Danny Wilson was judged to have brought down a Czech player, Penalty says the referee. The penalty was convereted and the game looked to be heading for a draw.

There was still time for one more chance, Berra charging forward for Scotland looked to have been tripped but the referee waved it away and instead booked him for diving.

In my opinion the ref made 2 bad calls towards the end of the game but nothing can be done about it now.

Friday, 26 August 2011

The SPL - A Sinking Ship?

So last night all Scottish clubs were emliminated from European competitions meaning we will see no one playing in Europe this season, What will become of this disaster?

Well for starters reaching the Champions League group stage is worth an estimated £10 million. This season we only had one participant in the Champions League qualifying, Rangers who were eliminated by Malmo. In the past Scotland has had two participants in it but due to years of failures in competitions the co-efficient has slipped meaning the loss of places.

The Europa league, The lesser of European competitions has also been a disaster for Scotland, First Dundee United went out, Followed by Hearts Rangers and Celtic last night.

The financial side isn't the only problem though, the loss of the attraction to come to Scotland and play against some of the best sides in Europe is often a big selling point, Well not anymore meaning it will be harder to attract players of higher quality.

This might have a nock on effect, Who wants to sponser a league that is continuing to fail? Current partners of the SPL include SKY ESPN, BBC, Clydesdale Bank, Mitre, Football gambling sites William Hill and The Football Pools, Gaming companies, EA Sports and Sega, UK travel company Thomas Cook and Coca Cola with various other media outlets also being partnered with the SPL.

So do all these companies wish to keep giving money to a league which is considered to be dropping in standard, Ticket price increases with living costs increasing meaning it is pricing some families out of going to games.

The SPL and SFA need to get together and develop plans to save the Scottish game before its too late. What they can do now when the damage has been done last night is unknown but by building for the future then they can help get the game on track and up to where it once was.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Weekend Results.

Just a quick post of this weekends results.

Aberdeen 2-1 Inverness
Dundee Utd 0-1 Dunfermline
Hibs 1-2 St Mirren
Motherwell 0-3 Rangers
Kilmarnock 0-0 Hearts
Celtic 0-1 St Johnstone

Friday, 19 August 2011

A European Disaster?

Three Scottish clubs were in Europa League action on Thursday with none of them picking up a win.

Hearts were hammered 5-0 by English,Tottenham Hotspur, Celtic were unable to break the deadlock at home against Sion but may go into the next round no matter the result in the second leg after Sion played inneligable players. Rangers suffered a late defeat to Maribor when they conceded in injury time after being 1-0 up at half time.

So all in a dissapointing midweek but hopefully the sides can get decent results in the second leg.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Hearts Tax Bill Situation.

Hearts have insisted that an outstanding tax bill will be paid in full on Tuesday after they were threatened with the club being put in administration.

The bill comes from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs the right to serve the order on the club who took action against the club on the 29th July after bills remained unpaid.

A hearts spokesman said, "The situation is under control.The amount will be paid in full tomorrow."

Hearts arent the only club in the SPL under investigation with Rangers still in discussions with HMRC over bills in the region of £2.8 million.

Hearts are still a club in debt but I dont think this latest tax bill has any threat to their future as a club after they posted a profit in last years annual figures.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

SPL Football, An Expensive Luxury?

The BBC recently had an article where they surveyed the cost of going to an SPL match at the present time.

The outcome of the report shows that it is no cheaper than £20 to visit one game,the cheapest being £21.90 at Inverness based on the price of a ticket, a match programme, a pie and a cup of tea. The most expensive was at Hibernian costing £29.20.

So these days when many of the football fans in Scotland are in lower paid jobs or even out of work should the clubs be doing all they can to reduce prices to encourage people to take their kids to the football? Obviously rising staff and policing costs have to be factored in but surely there should be some costs cut somewhere as attendences continue to fall.

When will clubs decide to reduce their prices to something families can afford? Will it be too late and all interest in the Scottish game has gone?.

Its getting to the stage people need to take out loans to buy season tickets and to travel home and away to watch their team with rising travel and fuel costs.

So what do you think needs done in order to secure the Scottish game?

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Scottish Teams In Europa League Action.

Well this draw was made on Friday but I forgot all about it so I have posted it a bit late.

Rangers will face a tough trip to Slovenia to take on NK Maribor while rivals Celtic head to Switzerland to place Sion. Hearts got the toughest tie for Scottish clubs and will take on the English club Tottenham.

The fixtures will be played on the 18th and the second leg on the 25th August.

So all Scottish clubs will travel to tough opposition,Will they be able to progress?