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The Beast from the East got the better of Scottish football this week with 15 SPFL matches falling victim to the storm. That said, it’s still been a busy week and there’s been plenty for us to get our teeth into.
We decided to look at the winter break in more detail and whether it’s currently at the best time for Scotland’s football clubs. So what else happened this week? Well, we also saw Scott Brown retire from international duty… again. So we looked at who should replace him. Also, Rangers continued to impress under Graeme Murty and Kilmarnock proved just how difficult they are to beat after claiming a point at Tynecastle.
We covered all of this and much more. So why not take a look at some of the best stuff we’ve published this week at TheTwoPointOne? You don’t need a subscription and there ain’t no paywall here!
To say Scottish weather is unpredictable is an understatement. The Premiership takes a break during the first two weeks in January following a vote by the SPFL clubs during the 2016/17 season to reinstate it. However is this really the best time to have one? What dates does the historical data suggest would be perfect for a winter break? Stefan Bienkowski looked into.
So Kilmarnock are pretty good, eh? They look formidable at home and are now not only pushing for a top-six place but potentially a European place. Steve Clarke has rightly been receiving plaudits left, right and centre for turning the Ayrshire clubs fortunes around. Killie gained a point at Tynecastle on Tuesday night to show once again just how resilient they are. How has Clarke transformed them, we asked Stevie Grieve to take an in-depth look.
Scott Brown retired from international football for a second and final time. There’s no doubt the midfielder will be missed by Scotland, but who should replace him? Christophe Berra? Andrew Robertson? Charlie Mulgrew… OK, that one was a joke. Niall Murray lays out why he thinks Alex McLeish should look no further than Brown’s Celtic teammate Kieran Tierney.
Partick Thistle find themselves mired in the relegation dogfight. They’ve suffered heartbreaking back-to-back defeats where they’ve lost goals in the dying minutes. They currently sit just three points off bottom spot and are languishing in the relegation play-off place.
But never fear, a hero has arrived. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a bald Irishman looking raging whilst holding a pizza from Pizza Express. Joking aside, Connor Sammon has been one of the few positives in recent weeks as he’s scored five goals in his last six league appearances. Just how important is he for the Jags? James Cairney delved into the numbers.
Graeme Murty deserves a huge amount of credit for how Rangers are currently performing. The Ibrox club are playing attractive, free-flowing, attacking football and look a real threat. Moreover, he’s helped new signings such as Jamie Murphy, Sean Goss and Greg Docherty all hit the ground running. Conversely, it looks like the person who has benefitted most from Murty’s appointment is Josh Windass.
Just how much has Windass improved under Murty? And what has the Rangers boss done that has resulted in Windass playing the best football of his career?