European roundup

September 19th, 2008 by hurtafly

“It’s a challenge” said Celtic manager Gordon Strachan after his side’s 0-0 draw at home to supposed group ‘whipping boys’ Aalborg. An uphill struggle, more like.
Celtic will travel to Spain to take on a very strong Villarreal outfit, which finished second in La Liga and, even though they probably won’t repeat their feats of last [...]

Have the Dons been taken as far as they can by Calderwood?

September 17th, 2008 by hurtafly

It has been a rather indifferent start to the league campaign for the Dons. This time last season they were in the same position, eighth, but were two points worse off. After looking as though they would finish the season in the bottom half of the table they managed to sneak past Falkirk and Hearts [...]

Out of the frying pan, into the ice bucket

September 10th, 2008 by hurtafly

Scotland tonight swap the blistering heat of Macedonia for the more familiar cold and wet weather of Iceland. However criticism of the manager, rather than the build up to the match, has dominated the headlines over the last few days.
After only one competitive match, George Burley has been subject to a media campaign, which is [...]

Rangers take early advantage after win at Celtic Park

September 5th, 2008 by hurtafly

I know almost a week has passed since the last round of SPL fixtures but I have been away and I couldn’t let the first Old Firm match of the season pass by without commenting on it. So apologies to those currently preparing for an international week of football for bringing up old news.
The first [...]

Going on holiday

August 22nd, 2008 by hurtafly

Hey guys,
just to let you all know that I am going away tomorrow, therefore I will not be writing for the next 12 days or so.
Adim, you can deduct the points off me for these posts if you want.
Cheers
hurtafly

Accies lead after two rounds of matches

August 18th, 2008 by hurtafly

I would be easy to come on here and write yet again about the terrible refereeing decisions that have once more blighted our game. Once again it was Dundee United at the centre of it all. Charlie Richmond denied Dundee United a clear penalty in the second half of Sunday’s match against Celtic, the third [...]

End of transfer window draws nearer

August 15th, 2008 by hurtafly

With only 16 days left until the end of the current transfer window, some teams are working frantically behind the scenes to find suitable recruitments that will enhance their squad. Scottish teams are finding it increasingly difficult to compete with teams in England, which is shown by Celtic and Rangers’ pursuit of Cardiff defender Glenn [...]

Pay rise awarded to refs but little sign of improvement

August 11th, 2008 by hurtafly

The start of the SPL campaign was in danger of being delayed due to a proposed referee strike over a pay dispute. As expected and an agreement was made and the league kicked off as usual and it didn’t take long for the controversy surrounding referees, which culminated last season in Craig Levein’s rant on [...]

2008/09 Predictions – Part four

August 8th, 2008 by hurtafly

Motherwell

After turning down Hearts to remain at Motherwell, albeit with an improved contract, manager Mark McGhee now faces the uphill battle of trying to emulate his team’s achievements of last season. The Fir Park side gained entry into this year’s UEFA Cup with their 3rd place finish but their success of the previous campaign could [...]

2008/09 Predictions – Part three

August 7th, 2008 by hurtafly

Hibernian

Hibs’ early exit from the now defunct Intertoto Cup a few weeks back was followed by a terrible pre-season campaign. The team failed to score in their first six matches, including the two-legged tie against Swedish outfit Elfsborg. That run consisted of a 2-0 defeat to Second Division Cowdenbeath and a 3-0 defeat to [...]