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After a disappointing international break for us Scots with an experimental side facing a 1-0 defeat to fellow World Cup 2018 absentees the Netherlands it was back to club football this week with action from the top 2 divisions & The Scottish Cup!
Starting off in Dingwall with Celtic defeating Ross County 1-0 with a stunning free-kick from Leigh Griffiths sealing the deal. Very few chances were created in this particular matchup with Owen Coyle's County frustrating the Hoops & Celtic playing very condensed through the middle. Standout performances came from goalscorer Leigh Griffiths and Belgian international Dedryck Boyata.
Hamilton Academical recorded there first win at Ibrox since 1928. Rangers have now spent 3 weeks manager less with interim manager Graeme Murty's chances of landing the job full time taking a big blow. The Gers have been heavily linked to Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill & Aberdeen boss Derek McIness (who has played down rumours of a move away from Pitodrie) but Rangers are yet to make an official offer for any managers.
Aberdeen's title chances took a big blow losing 2-0 to Motherwell & falling 6 points behind Celtic in the title race. Well striker Louis Moult scored a brace keeping up his goal scoring form heading into Motherwell's Betfred Cup final against Celtic next week. Manager Stephen Robinson went as far to say that the Steelmen will end Celtic's 64 game unbeaten run next week.
St Johnstone beat Hibernian 2-1 with two goals coming in stoppage time from St Johnstone's Maclean & the Hibees Anthony Stokes. St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright admitted the Northern Ireland managerial position is his dream job but he is currently happy at the Saints.
Partick Thistle drew 1-1 with Hearts as the game got a last minute go ahead. Thistle cult hero Kris Doolan's equaliser was "offside & a handball" according to Heart of Midlothian boss Craig Levein.
Last & in this case least Dundee & Kilmarnock contested a goalless draw.
Dundee United have moved top of the Championship after a 3-0 win over Falkirk in Csaba Laszlo 2nd game as Tangerines boss. The loss also comes in early days for Falkirk boss Paul Hartley's managerial reign after Peter Houston's departure.
Lothian Thistle faced an absolute thumping at the hands of Championship side St Mirren losing 7-1. Gavin Reilly scored a whopping 4 goals in this 3rd round tie.
Cove Rangers pulled off a massive shock after being 2-0 down against Airdrieonians they went onto win the match 3-2 with a Harry Milne double.
Formatine United pulled of the 2nd shock of the day beating Forfar Athletic 1-0 from a Jonathan Crawford strike.
Stranraer lost 1-0 to Brora Rangers with Steven Mackay scoring in stoppage time to send the Highland League side through.
Fraserburgh United defeated last years Scottish Cup high flyers Spartans.
Buckie Thistle were so close, yet so far against Brechin City losing 3-2.
Livingston avoided a shock against junior side Glenafton Athletic.
Dunfermline beat Queens Park 4-1 at the Scottish national stadium, Hampden.
Dumbarton defeated Elgin City 1-0.
Lawrence Shankland, Declan McDaid and Craig Moore all scored braces as League One leaders Ayr United beat junior side Banks O'Dee 6-2, who were leading 6-2.
Another brace in the Scottish Cup came from Leighton McIntosh who's Arbroath side beat Berwick Rangers 3-0.
Albion Rovers defeated Lowland League side East Kilbride in an exciting 7 goal thriller & Craig Malcolm got both goals as Alloa Athletic beat Stenhousemuir 2-1.
League 2 Peterhead won 3-0 against League 1 Raith Rovers.
Montrose & Queen of the South drew 0-0.
The draw for the 4th round of the Scottish Cup takes place in Monday with all Ladbrokes Premiership sides, Falkirk & Dundee United entering.
In women's football now & Glasgow City have completed a full season unbeaten & an 11th consecutive title after a 3-0 win over Aberdeen Women. Celtic's Women beat Stirling University 2-0 with Hibernian Women beating Spartans 3-0. Hamilton Accies matched their men's teams feats beating Rangers 2-1.
SWPL Champions Glasgow City face SWPL Cup Champions Hibernian in the SWPL League Cup at the Tony Macaroni Arena on Sunday 26th November, 16:10.
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Rangers Football Club has a massive history behind them; 54 titles, 33 Scottish Cups, 27 Scottish League Cups, a European Winners Cup and many more impressive feats make them the most successful football club in the world. Recently Rangers haven't been living up to that massive name. Since the company which owns the club had some financial troubles and went into liquidation in 2012, the club itself hasn't really been the same.
Rangers made their way back up from the bottom of Scottish football - after being denied re-entry into the Premiership - with hardly any troubles, even winning against Celtic in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup after the game went to penalties. Then, under Mark Warburton, they began to fail drastically, failing to close the gap on Celtic. Which led to his resignation, or whatever actually happened. The interim manager, Graeme Murty played a few games and came away with a brilliant result: 1-1 against Celtic. Then, Pedro Caixinha was appointed. Don't get me started on that.
Pedro Caixinha: A summary - Signed lots of players that nobody ever heard of, got put out of the Europa League by a small team from Luxembourg, then it all went downhill from there. Graeme Murty to the rescue!
Graeme Murty surprised a lot of depressed Rangers fans with a win over Hearts, then another win later after. Rangers were on course to win 3 consecutive games in a row, an embarrassing feat that the club had failed to do this season.
Their opponents, Hamilton Accies (almost relegated last season!) were looking like an easy home victory. The game ended in a 0-2 loss. Once again, fans looked at the squad members that clearly didn't look like they were willing to play for the badge. Rangers ARE a managerless team, so who's going to take the reins and steer the club in the right direction?
Derek McInnes? Alan Pardew? Alec McLeish?
Derek McInnes is the favourite to join Rangers, but is currently at Aberdeen.
Fans can't agree, all those likely to join the club are very controversial. No matter what happens, change needs to come, Rangers haters are laughing as I speak and it's getting tougher for the world's most successful club to reach that stance once again.
How long until Rangers can become number one once again?
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Kilmarnock aren’t a top-placed team - they find themselves near the relegation zone most seasons but have successfully dodged relegation from the top flight since 1993. This season doesn’t seem to look like that for them. We may only be 5 games into the season, but Killie have only managed to earn 1 point from a possible 15, after a lucky 2–2 draw with Hamilton Academical.
Kilmarnock were extremely disappointed after a draw to the Accies. Yesterday brought even more disappointment for Kilmarnock fans as they lost away at Motherwell. It really isn't going well.
Their next game isn’t very good for them either, as they are up against currently unbeaten (and last years’ league runners-up) Aberdeen. Aberdeen are favourites to win, which would take their disappointing run of form to 1/18 points.
It’s clear to say that Lee McCullogh’s team need to step up their game and improve, otherwise relegation could be likely, even a play-off position would be embarrassing for Killie. McCullogh’s job was to improve an already weak team, not make it weaker.
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It’s quite clear to say that Celtic are the favourites to win the league this year, but could Rangers snap a second place finish in the Scottish Premiership?
Rangers will be hoping for second after a disappointing thrid place finish last year which had them 39 points behind Celtic, however, many are asking if they can actually do it. Let’s look at what they’ve got and what they need and to get a top two finish:
Pedro Caixinha (Rangers’ new manager)
Mark Warburton caused some confusion for Rangers fans in February after the club announced that they had accepted his resignation as manager, despite him saying otherwise. It was later realised that he had requested to leave to join Nottingham Forrest, but they rejected him. Warburton rather quickly joined Forrest in the end, causing major upset to the Gers fans.
Hope was not lost, though, as Graeme Murty rose from the under-21’s and took charge. Despite having a rocky first few games, he soon got on track and his last match was a 1-1 draw with Celtic. By this point, we knew that Pedro Caixinha was going to be the 17th permanent manager of Rangers.
Caixinha’s appointment seemed to be a good one for Rangers with some very good wins, but a few disappointments. One thing that sparked some anger in fans was their 5-1 loss at home - the second time Rangers had lost by this score-line.
It had been 6 years since Rangers had been competed in a European competiton, but their first game back was a disappointing loss to Luxembourg minnows Progrès Niederkorn. Many were seriously worried about how Rangers were going to do next season. They totally made up for that in pre-season though following a draw against Marseille, a win over Premier League team Watford and another over Sheffield Wednesday
They kicked off the start of the new season with a 2-1 away win over Motherwell and a 6-0 league cup win against Dunfermline.
Rangers were yet again angry, this time not at Caixinha but at referee John Beaton, who had made some obviously biased decisions against Rangers in their game against Hibernian. This game involved Tavernier receiving a yellow card for a seemingly unknown reason after Hibs player, Anthony Stokes, dragged him down in a headlock. Ryan Jack was also given a red card after his head collided with Stokes, presumably a retaliation to Stokes’ attack on Jack’s neck. The red card was successfully appealed after the game.
Pedro Caixinha could help solve some Rangers’ problems, helping them get closer to achieving that second place finish they so desperately desire.
Pedro Caixinha has made some massive changes to the squad this season and has successfully completed ten out of his projected eleven summer signings. Some of these players include Daniel Candeias, Euro 2016 winner Bruno Alves, Graham Dorrans and Manchester City loanee Aaron Nemane.
Here’s a bit more information on some of those signings:
Bruno Alves is a brilliant defender best known for helping Portugal win the Euro 2016 last year, and almost taking off Harry Kane’s head in an international friendly.
Speaking about Rangers’ new centre-back, the boss said: “He’s a great boy, a great man that this club needs, especially having at the back that sort of leadership and experience and understanding of the game.”
Alves is considered one of Rangers’ best signings this year, showing some brilliant performances and already making a great impact on the defence. He’s displayed his great ability on free kick duty after a screamer against Dunfermline.
He’s received a lot of praise recently from teammates, pundits and fans and his performance against Marseille was outstanding. In fact, it was only once Alves was taken off that Marseille managed to equalise.
Ryan Jack, previously Aberdeen’s captain, has shown performed brilliantly recently and looks like he’ll be a crucial part of Rangers’ campaign this season. Caixinha snatched up Jack from under Aberdeen’s nose as he had less than six months left on his contract. This caused upset to some of the Dons’ fans with many immediately turning against their captain.
If Jack grabs a few goals from midfield and keeps good possession, he’ll definitely be on course for a great season.
Carlos Pena is a midfielder who recently joined from Mexican side Guadalajara, becoming Ranger’s seventh signing. He is yet to play a competitive match with Pedro Caixinha saying that he needs “a little more time” and is currently receiving “special training”. Many fans claim they think that he has an alcohol problem, but Caixinha is adamant that he just “adapting” and “needs to get fitter”. Kris Boyd has spoken out recently in an article for the Sun saying that ‘the Rangers fans have a right to know why Pena has hardly kicked a ball.” That’s a fair comment considering Rangers paid at least £2 million for him. Only time will tell if Carlos Pena is worth the value of his price tag.
Rangers latest signing, Aaron Nemane, is a winger who plays for Manchester City. The 19-year-old is on loan until January at Rangers. He is a French-born player who has trained with Celtic’s Olivier Ntcham and Patrick Roberts, so he might have an insight into how they play. Rangers also signed another winger on loan, Dalcio, who - despite many people’s initial thoughts - seems to have been a flop.
Nemane has whipped up a lot of excitement among fans as they looked at his talent and his young age, but this player has still got a lot to prove.
Most people feel Rangers have done well in the transfer window, but there are a few who think it won't be enough. The Light Blues, of course, do not expect to win the league this year, but a second place finish would be brilliant. Celtic are not the only club to pose a threat to Rangers, though;
Aberdeen finished 2nd last season after a rather successful campaign that left them 32 points behind top-placed Celtic. But how will their performance this season turn out?
Aberdeen have signed a few new players like Stevie May and Kari Arnason to name a few. They lost Jonny Hayes to Celtic and captain Ryan Jack to Rangers for free, two crucial players in their squad.
They had a bad start to their Europa League, like Rangers, losing to a relatively unknown side called Apollon Limmasol, but made up for it with three wins from three in the league. On their fourth game, against Patrick Thistle away, they drew 3-3.
Hibs and Aberdeen are the two favourites to fight against Rangers for that second place spot. Hibs just got promoted to the Premiership this season after a successful campaign in the Championship, and they look very strong going into this season. They started the league with a few wins but then were faced with an embarrassing 3-1 loss against Hamilton Accies, who fought against relegation last season.
Their win against Rangers didn’t prove much, though, as many say the referee helped them win that game.
Can Hibs or Aberdeen finish in the top two? Or will Rangers perform well enough to become runners-up? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
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Here are my predictions for the 2017/18 Ladbrokes Premiership!
Last Season Finish: 1st (C)
Celtic are head and shoulders above the rest of Scottish football at the moment and no one can deny that. Last season, they took their dominance to another level entirely, winning the treble while remaining undefeated in the league. Despite all of these positives, I still feel Celtic should be in the market for a striker - Moussa Dembele is out injured until September and the only other recognisable strikers at the club are Leigh Griffiths and 17-year-old Jack Aitchison. Tom Rogic and Scott Sinclair also being able to play out of position up top, but it wouldn't be ideal.
They also should try to sign a centre-back with Dedryck Boyata out injured leaving them only Jozo Simunovic, Erik Sviatchenko, Kristoffer Ajer & Nir Bitton filling in. That being said, the title is pretty much in the bag for Celtic. Their main concern will be progressing as far as possible in the Champions League - their group includes Bayern Munich, PSG and Anderlecht, though, so it'll be tough.
Last Season Finish: 2nd
Derek McIness' men have improved massively this summer bringing in Gary Mackay-Steven from Celtic with Ryan Christie also signing from Celtic on loan. Also the arrival of Stevie May is a real talking point - the striker has already proved he is a solid Goalscorer in the league. The team have seemed to gel well together in spite of the departure of Jonny Hayes, Nial McGinn & Ryan Jack who all played brilliantly last season.
Last Season Finish: 3rd
Pedro Caixinha will be the first to face the sack, you heard it hear first. Sorry Rangers fans but this isn't your year. Right at the start of the season Rangers suffered an early exit from Europe at the hands of Progres Neiderkorn (who came 4th in the Luxembourg top division last season). They've already lost to Hibs, by 3 goals to 2 at home, and recently drew to Hearts - it's been a very poor start. They have made some decent signings this transfer window, though; Daniel Candieas looks like a great player, Ryan Jack was a key player for Aberdeen last year and should be very effective this season, and Bruno Alves, who was part of the Euro 2016 winning Portugal squad, should prove to be a rock at the back.
Last Season Finish: 1st (Scottish Championship)
If it wasn't for their recent heavy loss to relegation favourites, Hamilton Academical, the Hibs would've been higher up on my list. Aside from that loss, Hibs have been off to a decent start already with wins over Rangers and Partick Thistle, and I think they really can challenge for a Europa League spot in their first year back in the big time! Hibs have a solid squad that was good enough last season to be in the top flight, with notable mentions going to the likes of John McGinn, Jason Cummings, Liam Henderson and Simon Murray (the ginger ninja goal-scoring machine)!
5. St Johnstone
Last Season Finish: 4th
St Johnstone will finish below where they came last season due to stiff competition in the league following the promotion of Hibs. After three games, St Johnstone are in a decent position in the league, so there's always the possibility of them doing a Leicester, but I doubt they will.
6. Partick Thistle
Last Season Finish: 6th
Partick Thistle finished in the top 6 last year under the guidance of Alan Archibald and I think the same will happen again this year. Archibald has done excellently since taking over the hot seat in 2013 and with Kris Doolan up top for the Jags, Thistle fans will have high hopes for this season. Partick have already taken on Celtic this year, in a game they could've won - Kris Doolan missed a few sitters and there was a big penalty claim too.
Last Season Finish: 5th
Hearts, Hearts, Glorious Hearts; where do I begin? With a disappointing last season, Ian Cathro has already made life difficult for himself this time round after Hearts were knocked out of the Betfred Cup in the group stages! To make matters even worse, Brendan Rodgers came out and said that Craig Levien (the club's director of sports) was the one responsible for Hearts' poor performances as he's the one who makes the decisions about transfers and Cathro couldn't be given responsibility.
Last Season Finish: 10th
I think Dundee will finish higher than their fellow relegation candidates, purely because they've got the better squad. In choosing a manger, I don't think they choose right. Dundee appointed Sky Sports Pundit and former Rangers player Neil McCann this year, but will he lead the Dee to glory? I'm not so sure.
Last Season Finish: 9th
How Motherwell have held on to star striker Louis Moult this year, I don't know - it's a miracle! The Well will once again finish in bottom half of the table, just missing out on the relegation play-offs in my opinion.
10. Ross County
Last Season Finish: 7th
It's really only going to get worse for county. They've already lost star man and former Celtic player Jackson Irvine to Burton Albion recently, and now this summer Liam Boyce, one of the best players in the league last season, has also signed for Burton. The County play Rangers this weekend and I do not have high hopes.
Last Season: 8th
It just looks like nothing will ever change in the small town of Kilmarnock. They're always there or thereabouts in the relegation battle and, although they have a promising manager in Lee McCulloch, I feel as though they won't finish any higher than eleventh.
Last Season: 11th
The Accies are once again relegation favourites. They may surprise a few this year following a few early good performances, but in my opinion the end result will be that they will finish twelfth.
Aside from Celtic, the Scottish Premiership is one of the hardest leagues to predict (so forgive me if my predicitons end up being completely wrong!). Send me your predictions for the SPL on Instagram, @transferfeed.
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Welcome to my transfer round-up! In the following article I’m going to be taking a look at some of the biggest transfer rumours in football from the past few days and give you an update on some deals which have recently been completed.
Dembele to Barcelona?
Borussia Dortmund youngster, Ousmane Dembele, has been heavily linked with Barcelona and has even missed training and ignored phone calls from his club in an attempt to force a move. By the time you're reading this article, Dembele may well be a Barcelona player. Right now, Dembele is lighting up German football with his trickery and flair but moving to, arguably, the biggest club in the world, is NOT the right move for him. Following Neymar's move to PSG for £198m (€200m), Dembele would be expected to fill the void he left and perform to the same standard as his predecessor, from day one. That’s a lot to expect from a player of Dembele’s age (20). To walk into a club and replace the most expensive player in the football history would be near impossible. Unfortunately, though, Barcelona's worldwide fan base have very high standards, and they would be on his case from the off.
That being said, due to Barcelona’s embarrassing Supercopa de Espana loss to Real Madrid and their lack of signings this summer, the Catalan fans are crying out for a new marquee signing!
Coutinho to Barcelona?
This transfer saga seems as though it’ll never end. Philippe Coutinho has been one of the Premier League’s main attractions in recent years and now it seems he could be the player to replace fellow Brazilian, Neymar, at Camp Nou. Liverpool's owners and Jurgen Klopp have remained firm with their stance and have insisted they will do everything possible to keep hold of Coutinho. However, with bids well over the £100m mark being made, you just have to wonder how long will Liverpool be able to continue rejecting Barcelona.
It’s also worth mentioning that Coutinho has missed the start of Liverpool's Premier League season with ‘injuries’, and that the media have reported he wants to go to Barcelona.
Patrick Roberts to Celtic?
This is another transfer rumour that seems as though it just won’t go away. The Englishman spent two seasons on loan at Celtic from Manchester City and became a fan favourite. He is now set for a move back to Celtic Park on another season-long loan.
Roberts was purchased from Fulham for £13.5m two seasons ago and has featured in Manchester City's pre-season this year. He had a good few games and, although they were only friendlies, he did get to show Man City just how good he really is.
Blaise Matuidi has signed for Juventus from Paris Saint Germain for £18m - an absolute bargain if you ask me! Meanwhile, over in England Tottenham Hotspur have signed Davinson Sanchez from Ajax for a reported fee of £45m. Tottenham’s North London rivals, Arsenal, have also been doing some transfer business – they recently sold Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Paulista to Valencia for £10m.
What has been the best bit of business from this transfer window so far? Let me know on Instagram @transferfeed!
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Celtic have been the powerhouse of Scottish football for a while now, especially after the financial demise of title rivals, Rangers. Last year Celtic smashed it, winning the treble while going the full domestic season unbeaten. On Wednesday night they beat Kazakhstan champions Astana by five goals to nil in the Champions League qualifiers and more or less sealed their place in the group stages - they are now the only team still in Europe representing Scotland. But when will this dominance be challenged? Here are who I think are the main candidates to potentially knock Celtic off their throne over the next ten seasons or so.
The obvious one. The old Giants. Whether you class them as a new club or an old club, it's irrelevant. Rangers were liquidated in 2012 after going into administration. They essentially re-started after being sent to the fourth tier of Scottish Football and having the core of their squad dismantled. They faced a real challenge but were up to the task - they managed three promotions in four years! Now, in their second season back in the first division (they finished third year), Rangers will be looking to stop Celtic winning the league for the tenth time in a row.
Rangers have had a poor start to the season, though. They've already been knocked out of Europe by Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn and lost 3-2 against Neil Lennon's Hibs at Ibrox. They will certainly be looking to bounce back and will be hoping that their marquee signings make a mark.
Bruno Alves brings great experience to the club off the back of winning Euro 2016 with Portugal last summer. Daniel Candeias is another one of Rangers' new signings, and he looks like he could be a real threat.
Having always been there or there abouts in Rangers absence, the Dons will really be hoping for a trophy sooner rather than later. After coming second in all of the domestic competitions last season, Aberdeen will be looking to win a major trophy this season.
Aberdeen are the last team to win a European trophy in Scotland (back in 1983). They have already been knocked out of the Europa League this season despite superb performances from some of their players including loanee Ryan Christie.
With promising additions to the squad this summer including Stevie May, Gary Mackay-Steven and, as I've already mentioned, Ryan Christie, this could be Aberdeen's best shot at the title yet.
Neil Lennon's men, who have just won promotion from the second division, look a real threat this season. Anthony Stokes, John Mcginn and Dylan Mcgeough will certainly be the key players for the Hibs this year with star man Jason Cummings moving to Nottingham Forest down south.
Lennon has key experience having already won the Scottish Premiership as a player and manager with Celtic. He also reached the 2003 UEFA Cup Final with Celtic and has already shown that this Hibs side is a force to be reckoned with. The club have endured a tough time over the past few years playing in the second division which has been at a particularly high standard of late, yet they still managed to gain promotion and win the 2016 Scottish Cup!
Honourable mentions who could also dethrone Celtic go to Hearts, St Johnstone and Partick Thistle. Someone other than Celtic winning the Scottish Premier League would be a strange sight and might not happen for a while - Celtic really are head and shoulders above all other Scottish clubs in every way.
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Following Celtic's title win (their sixth in a row) we, as usual, are starting to hear people ask the question: would Celtic survive, or perhaps even thrive, in the Premier League? Celtic's current manager, Brendan Rodgers, has recently stated that if Celtic were in the Premier League they, "would be one of the minimum top four, top six clubs in the English Premier League."
After Rodger's comments, many took to Twitter to express their thoughts and feelings on whether or not Celtic would perform well in the Premier League and there were certainly a lot of controversial opinions.
First and foremost I think Celtic would survive in the Premier League - in my mind there's absolutely no doubt that they wouldn't ever be in any kind of relegation scrap. However, I do disagree with Rodgers saying they'd be in the top six. With the current top six including Chelsea, Man City, Spurs, Arsenal, Liverpool and Man United, it's hard to imagine Celtic overtaking any of these teams. They'd most likely be positioned in the top half of the league in a similar position to teams like West Ham, Southampton and Everton.
Anyway, that's just mine and Brendan's opinions. Below you can watch some of the guys on Ball Street have a full discussion about that, and some other football topics too.
Time to Hang Up The Boots For Buffon? (11/12/17)
Ronaldo: I am the greatest EVER (8/12/17)
Dominant Arsenal battered once again (4/12/17)
The Current State of Barcelona (29/11/17)
Chapecoense: 1 Year On (21/11/17)
Scottish Football Weekend Round-Up! (20/11/17)
The Clowns In Blue (20/11/17)