Here’s what we did this week

Here’s what we did this week

By TheTwoPointOne

At TheTwoPointOne we’re constantly striving to offer the very best analysis of games and written features related to the biggest stories and continuing narratives within Scottish football. We’re pleased to say that this week was a perfect example of that.

 

With the semifinals of the Scottish Cup still fresh in the memory and the first round of the Scottish Premiership split before us, we dived in to the games that mattered while taking a serious look at what was dominating the back pages of the press.

 

Here’s what we did this week.

 


 

 

Aberdeen’s frailties exposed by Motherwell

 

Aberdeen were well beaten in Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi final against Motherwell. But what exactly was the route of all their problems? James Cairney takes a thorough look at the game and deciphers what lessons Derek McInnes side can take from such a worrying defeat.


 

 

The future of Celtic’s midfield will be built around Olivier Ntcham

 

Olivier Ntcham has slowly but surely made himself indispensable to Celtic’s cause this season. That was on show for all to see in Celtic’s 4-0 thumping of Rangers on Sunday afternoon. Is he the future of Brendan Rodger’s midfield? Stefan Bienkowski certainly things so.

 


 

 

Just how much will Rangers miss David Bates?

 

David Bates won’t be a Rangers player next season. Instead, the youngster will ply his trade in at Hamburg. But following a disturbing defeat to their cross-city rivals the question on everyone’s lips is abundantly clear: Just how much will Rangers miss him?

 


 

 

Why have Hearts signed St Johnstone’s Steven MacLean?

 

Something rather odd happened this week: Hearts confirmed the signing of St Johnstone forward Steven MacLean. But at the tender age of 35 years old plenty of fans where left wondering what the striker could possibly bring to Craig Levein’s team next season. We tried to find out.

 


 

 

Steve Clarke: A six-month review of the Kilmarnock manager

 

Steve Clarke has been in charge of Kilmarnock for six months now. So how well has the Rugby Park coach done in that time? In the latest of our managerial review features we took a look at the man ripping up Scottish football’s status quo.

 


 

 

🎧 TheTwoPointOne-cast: Where do Aberdeen go after semi-final loss?

 

On this week’s podcast the gang took a forensic knife to Aberdeen’s season and tried to nail down what has gone wrong, what credit Derek McInnes still deserves and where they should be investing their cash this summer. You can listen to it on Android here or on iPhone here.

 


 

 

How Aberdeen can beat Kilmarnock

 

Aberdeen desperately need a win over Kilmarnock to keep their dreams of second place alive. But how would they do it? We tried to figure it out by looking at the Pittodrie side’s strengths and the weaknesses in Clarke’s seemingly impossible team.

 


 

 

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How do Hibs stop Celtic winning on Saturday?

 

Celtic can win the Scottish Premiership on Saturday if they beat Hibs at Easter Road. But what if Neil Lennon’s team can stop that happening? On Thursday we put together a “How to…” guide to help Hibs stop the Scottish champions.

 


 

 

Rangers could do a lot worse than taking a leaf out of Hearts’ book

 

Rangers find themselves floating without a paddle at the moment. So how do they fix things? Niall Murray has an idea: they could do much worse than looking to Hearts when it comes to preparing for the future and take note of how they turned their own dodgy situation around.

 

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