Here’s what we did this week

Here’s what we did this week

By Graham Ruthven

It’s been one of those weeks in the weird and wacky world of Scottish football. First, Michael O’Neill rejected the opportunity to become the next Scotland manager, instead opting for a more lucrative deal to remain in charge of his homeland, who just so happen to be better than Scotland. Baffling decision.


Then there was a full card of Scottish Premiership fixtures during the week. Ah, we’re paying for that winter break now with a bazillion games in three weeks, aren’t we? And then Danny Wilson signed for the Colorado Rapids. That was a weird one.


It’s also been a very busy week at TheTwoPointOne. Just in case you missed it, here’s a run through of some of the best content we produced over the past six days. Take a look. There’s no paywall here.


The Cult of… Steven MacLean



St Johnstone is a club that boasts a number of cult heroes going back through the years and decades. But none of them come close to Steven MacLean. The striker’s goals, and more importantly celebrations, are etched into the minds of the Perth club’s fans.


Of course, MacLean is the man who gave the Saints their Scottish Cup triumph in 2014, ripping off his shirt and waving it around in the air in a moment that is now immortalised in St Johnstone history. Stuart Cosgrove wrote this about what the striker means to the club.



Should Scotland care about the UEFA Nations League?



Wednesday marked the first ever draw for the UEFA Nations League, a new competition which will come into play in the latter part of this year. Scotland were paired with Albania and Israel, but should we really care about the Nations League? Is it just a series of glorified friendlies?


There might be a route to Euro 2020 qualification through it, but should Scotland take it seriously? What does the new competition mean for Scotland fans? Will it make the Scottish FA more money? Could this change the international game for good? We tried to find some answers.



It’s time to revisit the idea of a loan draft system



This was the week when the discussion over Colt teams in Scottish football surfaced once again. This was on the back of a report by Gordon Waddell in last week’s Sunday Mail that plans are in place for a Celtic and a Rangers Colt team to enter the Scottish League Two from next season.


But surely there’s a better way to develop young players? The concept of a loan draft system was raised not so long ago. Could we not revisit that idea? It would seem to be a much fairer way of giving young players the chance to prove themselves at a competitive level. Let’s talk about it.



Does Greg Docherty’s signing spell a midfield clear out at Rangers?



Finally, Greg Docherty is a Rangers player. The pursuit of the Hamilton Accies midfield had threatened to become something of a saga, but the deal was concluded this week. So what will Docherty bring to Graeme Murty’s side? Why were Rangers so keen on him?


In addition, will the signing of Docherty spell the end for a number of Rangers midfielders? Does Niko Krancjar have a future at the Govan club? What about Jason Holt? Has he done enough in the past few weeks and months to justify a starting spot? Niall Murray looked at the numbers and figures.



Who are the Premiership’s most prolific attackers according to stats?



Statistics can tell you a lot about football. It’s no different in the Scottish Premiership, and so James Cairney looked into the best attackers in the top flight. Of course, the two names that come to mind are Moussa Dembele and Alfredo Morelos, but what about the rest? How do they measure up?


Some of the results might surprise you. Scotland is a footballing nation well-stocked with attacking talent. Let some of the data illustrate that for you.



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