What a week. First, it was transfer deadline day, with almost every team across the Scottish Premiership making moves. Celtic signed Scott Bain just weeks after he’d signed for Hibernian (don’t ask), with Rangers definitely-maybe-perhaps not receiving a big-money bid for Alfredo Morelos from China.
Then, because this week wasn’t already frantic enough, Stewart Regan resigned as chief executive of the Scottish FA. So now Scotland is without a national team manager, a chief executive and maybe even a stadium, with a meeting over the future of Hampden taking place on Tuesday. Oh, and there’s an apparent referee’s strike coming. Anyone want Regan’s job? No?
It was also a busy week at TheTwoPointOne. We posted a number of different written and video features by a number of different contributors. Don’t worry if you missed it, here’s a run through of the best stuff we have done over the past six days. There’s no paywall here 👇
The first episode of The Derbies looked at the junior football rivalry between Auchinleck Talbot and Cumnock Juniors. This time, we looked at the storied contest between Motherwell and Hamilton Accies. This is the North Lanarkshire derby and this is as intense as it has ever been.
This is a rivalry with a number of different threads and themes. One side has long been the dominant force, but now, in recent seasons, the dynamic has shifted. This video illustrates the nature of the derby between Motherwell and Accies, as well as how it is changing.
🤼 Jason Cummings?
🇦🇺 Jamie MacLaren??
❤️ Steven Naismith???
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Transfer deadline day can sometimes turn out to be something of a damp squib. Well, not this one. A total of 16 moves were made by Scottish Premiership clubs on Wednesday, with the highlights being Celtic’s signing of Scott Bain and Jack Hendry, Hibernian’s loan capture of Scott Allan and Dundee’s raiding.
We covered the whole thing in conjunction with Tennent’s, providing analysis of the moves as they happened. Did Rangers have the best January window? How should Hearts evaluate the moves they made? What about Celtic? Was their business underwhelming? Or is that unfair?
Was @CelticFC's January business underwhelming? Or is that unfair? 🤔
— TheTwoPointOne (@TheTwoPointOne) February 2, 2018
For years, Scotland has found itself at a disadvantage in the transfer market. As the Premier League continued to inflate the market, Scottish clubs struggled. But has the dynamic now shifted? Might Scotland actually be at a transfer market advantage now?
It’s not just that Scottish clubs can demand more for their best players when the time comes to sell, it’s that they can be more efficient in signing players cast aside by the Premier League and English football machine. Take Scott Sinclair, for instance. This is a precedent that is now being followed by many.
Aberdeen have been Scotland’s second best team for the past three years and Derek McInnes’ side are aiming to secure that status for a fourth successive season. However, one thing continues to handicap the Dons – they continually falter in the biggest games.
Take their defeat to Rangers at Ibrox in early January. By all accounts, Aberdeen were dismal, failing to show their quality, and this is a common theme for McInnes’ men against the big two Glasgow sides. So why is this the case? Stevie Grieve looked at it in his first column for TheTwoPointOne.
There was a transfer triangle on Deadline Day. It involved Celtic, Dundee and Hibernian, with all three parties getting something out of the deal. However, Dundee undoubtedly pulled the short straw. Not only did they lose Hendry, they lost Allan.
The playmaker, who is now on loan at Hibs from Celtic, was the player around which Neil McCann had built his team this season. Allan was their most creative force, so how badly will the Dens Park outfit miss him? Niall Murray looked at the numbers.