Here’s what we did this week

Here’s what we did this week

By Graham Ruthven

Football is almost here. The winter break is almost over and Scottish Cup fourth round weekend is nearly upon us. Whether any games will actually be played, y’know with all the SNOWMAGEDDON, is another matter, but at least there are fixtures scheduled. That’s all that matters, really.


We’ve been keeping ourselves occupied with transfer tales over the past few weeks, and this week was no different. Rangers signed EVERYONE ON LOAN, and Nadir Ciftci ended up at Motherwell. Also on loan. Oh and Dundee United signed someone and made him pose for the customary shirt photo in front of some dirty laundry.


It was also a busy week on TheTwoPointOne. We had statistical and analytical looks at a number of new signings, as well as a photo essay and something from our good friends at Nutmeg magazine. Take a look. There’s no paywall here.


How does Scottish football’s finances compare to Europe?



This week saw the release of UEFA’s benchmark report for the past year. It’s a document that reveals a lot about the commercial performance of leagues around Europe, and so through that we can determine a lot about the health of Scottish football.


So how does our national game measure up to leagues around the continent? What conclusions can we draw from the results? How does the commercial revenue of our top flight clubs hold up? What about gate receipts? And what about TV revenue?



Confidemus – the spirit of Kilmarnock FC



The oldest professional club in Scotland, dating all the way back to 1869, Kilmarnock FC are an institution woven into the fabric of our national game. As long as there has been professional football in this country, there has been Killie.


This is a photo essay that will, hopefully, communicate the personality of Kilmarnock as a club and Rugby Park as a time-honoured home of Scottish football. Established 1869, this is a place with a lot of tales to tell. Confidemus.



How some bid farewell to Pittodrie a long time ago



Aberdeen hope to leave Pittodrie soon. The club have plans to build a new stadium on the outskirts of the city, although, as has been well documented, those plans have been held up through a long and drawn out process with the city council and various protest groups.


But in actuality, many Aberdeen fans bid farewell to the old ground a long time – in 1992, in fact. Andrew Southwick tells the story of how the construction of the Richard Donald Stand changed the character of the place – from Issue 5 of Nutmeg.


Dylan McGeouch: Hibs’ stats’ defying metronome




Ask Hibernian fans who their most important players are and Dylan McGeouch will come out near the top of their lists. The midfielder is perceived to be having a highly successful season for the Easter Road, but he is the sort of player who defies the statistics.


Of course, statistics should never be the sole basis of an argument in football, but it’s difficult to truly quantify McGeouch’s contribution to this Hibs team through numbers. The 25-year-old is a case study in how statistics don’t always illustrate what a player does.



What will Steven Naismith offer Hearts?



His signing has been hailed as the best of the transfer window so far. However, some believe that he’s past it. That he’s a bust. So which is it? What will Steven Naismith offer Craig Levein and the Jam Tarts? What sort of an impact will the former Rangers and Everton man have?


Niall Murray looked through the statistics and tried to come up with some answers. How will Naismith play alongside Kyle Lafferty up front for Hearts? Should Rangers have made a move for their former attacker, considering how he said he would play for free?


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