It's been a busy old week in Scottish football but here at TheTwoPointOne we wouldn't have…
Well, Scottish football didn’t disappoint this week. To be fair, it never does. There was penalty shoot-out drama, Alex McLeish’s second first Scotland squad and the fall out from Sunday’s Old Firm showdown.
Hibs also missed an opportunity to leapfrog Aberdeen in the league table and manager Neil Lennon was slapped with a three-match touchline ban. Of course, with all that came a tonne of content at TheTwoPointOne this week.
Below is a run through of some of our best content from the past week. And it gets better, there’s no paywall here! So sit down, relax and enjoy some Scottish football goodness.
I think we speak for everyone when we say the first ever #RivalsWeekend in the Scottish Premiership was a success. After Hibs, Hamilton and St Johnstone emerged victorious it was over to the Old Firm to round off the weekend. Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic triumphed over their bitter rivals Rangers in what was one of the best games of the season.
Despite an improved showing Rangers finished the game empty-handed. So what does this mean for Graeme Murty? And how much of a battle do his side face for second place? On this week’s episode of TheTwoPointOne-Cast Niall Murray, Stefan Bienkowski and James Cairney discuss what defeat against Celtic means for Rangers.
Alex McLeish announced his first Scotland squad… for a second time. It was met with a generally positive reception as the national team boss handed many players their first call-ups. He also included plenty of players from the Premiership and gave some younger players an opportunity.
The squad also saw seven players included who were born outside of Scotland. Is it inevitable that our national team will have a large chunk of English-born players? James Cairney looked at whether Scotland should continue to select players who were born south of the border.
It’s been a tumultuous season for Hearts. They currently face a battle to secure a place in the top six and haven’t won in their last five games. Ian Cathro was relieved of his duties in August and thus began the search for a new man to take over the managerial hot seat. After much to-ing and fro-ing it was decided Craig Levein would pull double duty as manager and director of football.
Levein has now been in charge at Tynecastle for six months. He’s certainly steadied the ship but a Scottish Cup quarter-final defeat and an Edinburgh derby loss show Levein still has much work to do. Craig Cairns looked at how Levein has fared so far in his second stint as manager.
Andy Robertson is tearing it up for Liverpool in the Premier League. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise from the Scottish lower leagues to one of the top clubs in Europe. Kenny Miller takes a closer look at the Scotland star’s background and upbringing.
This article initially appeared in Issue 5 of Nutmeg Magazine – the outstanding periodical about all things Scottish football. You can pick up a copy of issue 5 here or grab a copy of the latest issue right here.
Barry Ferguson believes the only difference between Celtic and Rangers last Sunday was a slice of luck. In his column for TheTwoPointOne Stevie Grieve takes an in-depth tactical look at last week’s Old Firm derby to find out where the game was actually won and lost.