Scotland Women’s Euro 2021 Qualifiers Preview – Albania and Finland

LAST week, the Scotland men’s side took a step towards qualification for next years delayed European Championship Finals, now it’s the turn of the women’s team to do likewise. Shelley Kerr’s side resume their Euro 2021, delayed to 2022, qualifying campaign with a double header at home to Albania and away to Finland. Having wonContinue reading “Scotland Women’s Euro 2021 Qualifiers Preview – Albania and Finland”

Scotland v Israel Playoff Semi Final Preview

ALMOST ten months have passed since Scotland were drawn to play Israel in the Nations League C Section Semi Final, and with it a potential pathway to Euro 2020. In anticipation of the fixture scheduled for March 26, the Tartan Army quickly snapped up tickets to guarantee a first sell out crowd since the EnglandContinue reading “Scotland v Israel Playoff Semi Final Preview”

Crowd focus must be on lower leagues when they return

DON’T expect crowds anytime soon is the clear message from the UK and Scottish Governments as the second wave of Coronavirus sweeps across Europe. With the number of new cases rising rapidly, the proposed date of 5 October for crowds at reduced numbers in Scotland to be fully introducedhas been shelved whilst Nicola Sturgeon putContinue reading “Crowd focus must be on lower leagues when they return”

Crowd pilot is step in right direction

MARCH 12 2020, Rangers fans depart from Ibrox Stadium after witnessing their side going down 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League last sixteen. Little did they realise at that point that they would be the last set of fans in Scotland to have attended a football match to date. The following day, footballContinue reading “Crowd pilot is step in right direction”

Scots hoping for Nations League momentum boost ahead of the playoffs

AFTER a ten month wait, international football is back this week, and Scotland will be keen to build on recent results ahead of the rearranged Euro 2020 playoff Semi Final in a months time. Little did we know when Scotland beat Kazakhstan back in November that would be the last international for quite some time.Continue reading “Scots hoping for Nations League momentum boost ahead of the playoffs”

Challenges facing the SPFL over this seasons Challenge Cup

By John Bleasdale ORGANISING this seasons Scottish Football schedule has been a logistical nightmare for our governing bodies after the COVID-19 outbreak that curtailed our game for five months. So far, the SPFL and SFA have had to organise a full Premiership card, a reduced Championship to League Two schedule and the Scottish Cup campaignContinue reading “Challenges facing the SPFL over this seasons Challenge Cup”

Time for Positivity at Pittodrie after a few weeks of misery

By John Bleasdale – @JBleasdale81 ABERDEEN have not had much luck at the start of the season. A tepid opening day performance against Rangers was followed by the embarrassment of eight players breaking Scottish Government regulations on social distancing at a local bar, with two of them contracting Coronavirus. As a result, and of the stupidity of BoliContinue reading “Time for Positivity at Pittodrie after a few weeks of misery”

Scottish Football scheduling poses congestion concerns

By John Bleasdale – @JBleasdale81 AFTER almost five months since a competitive game took place in Scotland, the waiting is nearly over with the big kick off in the Premiership twelve days away. Although, for the time being, games will be played behind closed doors, it will be a relief for the players at leastContinue reading “Scottish Football scheduling poses congestion concerns”

Crowds at games should start from the bottom

By John Bleasdale – @JBleasdsle81 THE number of new cases and deaths from Coronavirus are falling and more restrictions are being eased by the Scottish Government. After months being stuck indoors and not going for exercise further than the local park, it’s music to everyone’s ears that they can go to other households again asContinue reading “Crowds at games should start from the bottom”