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The Scottish FA’s lease on Hampden Park comes to an end in 2020, with the governing body exploring other options. Of course, the stadium is one of the most maligned venues in British football, and so many support the idea of taking Scotland games on the road, or even using Murrayfield as a national stadium instead.
But just how feasible is that? Could Scotland games really be played at Celtic Park and Ibrox? How much would that cost? Are the Scottish FA serious about looking around or is this simply a negotiating tactic? What would leaving Hampden mean for Queen’s Park? And what about Hampden itself? Could it possibly survive without national football and cup finals being played there? We looked into it.
Aberdeen hope to have a new stadium by 2020, with the Dons planning on leaving their spiritual home of Pittodrie for a ground on the outskirts of the city. The £40 million project would mark a new age in the club’s history, but how do fans feel about it?
Has enough been done to explore the possibility of redeveloping Pittodrie, much like Hearts have done with Tynecastle? What about the proposed site at Kingsford? Is that really a suitable location for a new stadium? We visited the North-East to find out.
Have you ever wondered what the Scottish football club of the future might look like? Football clubs now are very different to the way they were 20 years, so what will they look like in another 20 years? It’s a largely hypothetical question, of course, but we decided to look into it.
We spoke to a number of figures around the sport, including Foursquare founder Denis Crowley who founded a club in the USA based on the concept of being completely open source. Is this the future of Scottish football? What about fan ownership? Social responsibility? Stadium design?
Think of the most famous Scotland goal in history and James McFadden’s astonishing strike against France in the Parc des Princes. September 12 marked the 10th anniversary since that famous goal and so we decided to mark it by catching up with the man himself.
We also produced an animation with BAFTA award-winning film maker Ross Hogg to commemorate the goal. Such a strike deserves something cool to remember it by, and we’re sure you’ll agree this hits the mark.
There can be no denying that BT Sport have shaken up the broadcast game in Scottish football since entering the fray four years ago. Pundits like Chris Sutton and Stephen Craigan have become leading voices on the game in the country, with their coverage setting a new precedent.
So how have they done it? We went behind the scenes at a Friday night Scottish Premiership game between Hamilton Accies and Celtic to find out for ourselves. Do Sutton and Craigan like each other off camera? Is it all an act for the cameras?
You’ve likely heard tales of this game. Tales of a rivalry rooted in the mining communities that harbour it. Tales of a fixture that transcends the junior game. Tales of horses on the pitch.
Indeed, the rivalry between Auchlineck Talbot and Cumnock transcends Scottish junior football, largely down to the incidents that have marked it over the years. This is a derby with more than a few stories to tell.
So when TheTwoPointOne decided to document and illustrate some of Scottish football’s most intense and storied rivalries for a video series called ‘The Derbies,’ there was only one place to start off. They don’t get much more intense or storied than Auchlineck Talbot v Cumnock Juniors.
Some players come to define a certain time in a club’s history. David Fernandez was one of those players. He was the face of a glorious spell in Livingston’s history, a time when the West Lothian club made cup finals and played in Europe.
Fernandez was a maverick, and an entertainer. Grant Russell, STV Sport’s former sports news correspondent and now Motherwell’s head of communications, told the tale of what the Spaniard means to him and why he was so loved by all at Almondvale.
Pedro Caixinha has been in charge of Rangers since March, but the Portuguese coach is still very much an enigma. His character is a difficult one to decipher. He can contradictory at times, a challenge to truly understand. Yet he arrived in Glasgow with a proven track record.
So we asked experts in Mexico, Qatar and Portugal to tell us a bit more about Caixinha. Is he the tactical mastermind that he has been painted as in his short time in Scotland? What kind of players does he favour? Does his background qualify him for the Rangers job? Let’s find out a bit more about Caixinha, shall we?
Sometimes we like to have a bit of fun. So we took the rumours that often circulate about Celtic redeveloping their main stand and decided to ask renowned Glasgow architects Keppie Design to come up with a plan for the future of Celtic Park.
What they provided made us rethink what a football stadium can be, redesigning Celtic Park as a venue for social change. It’s something written into the very identity of Celtic as a club, so why not take it once step further and reflect it in the design of their home ground?
Cast your mind back to early August. Celtic were paired against Norwegian champions Rosenborg in what was a tricky Champions League third round qualifier. What’s more, the Hoops were forced to start both legs without a recognised striker, with Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths both injured.
It was a deficiency that threatened to derail their attempts to make it to the group stages, until James Forrest popped up with a late winner in Trondheim. This is the story of how Brendan Rodgers was forced to change his team three times to get Celtic through.
Scottish football’s managerial project came to an end on August 1 when Ian Cathro was sacked as Hearts manager. The 31-year-old was the focus of much attention for the entirety of his reign at Tynecastle, with everyone holding an opinion on the former Newcastle United and Valencia coach from the moment of his appointment last year.
But the discussion around Cathro was the wrong. It was always the wrong one. Most focused on his lack of a playing background, when actually it was his coaching background where the real debate about Scottish football could be found.
We decided to ask former Scottish Premier League chief executive Roger Mitchell to provide his thoughts on where Scottish football as a whole as gone wrong and where it can go right again. What he provided us with gave us a lot to think about.
Has Scottish football lost the desire to win? Would the concept of SPL TV have given our game a head start in an increasingly difficult media market? Mitchell sought to answer many of the questions asked of Scottish football and the direction it is heading in.