11/02/2013 § Leave a comment
When Gordon Strachan was announced as the new Scotland manager on January 15, 2013, with his appointment also came immediate pondering from the Tartan Army on who would be the first to join his backroom staff. Would it be Garry Pendrey, the Birmingham City legend who assisted Strachan at Coventry, Southampton, Celtic and Middlesbrough? Or perhaps Gary McAllister, the Scotland legend who enjoyed an illustrious playing career and has been linked with the main national job on numerous occasions. In the end, it was neither, and wee Gordon chose to bring in another long-time friend— Mark McGhee.
10/02/2013 § Leave a comment
As Scottish football brought in what is hoped to be another prosperous new year in 2013, Jackie McNamara would have found himself sitting with a similar heir of optimism. At the start of January, McNamara’s Partick Thistle side sat at the top of Scottish Football League Division 1, looking odds on to gain promotion back to the SPL for the first time in 10 years. Thistle were scoring goals for fun under McNamara, in his first senior job in management, preaching an openly attractive attacking style of play. Indeed all things seemed rosy enough that on December 18, 2012, the former Celtic and Scotland star was given an early Christmas present with an improved contract deal offered to him by Thistle chairman David Beattie. However, at times in life, you have to seize the moment, and McNamara may well have done that just as the end of 2013’s first month was concluded.
09/01/2013 § Leave a comment
News this week that Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Terry Butcher rejected the chance to head south for English Championship side Barnsley certainly seems to have a sense of irony about it. Having said that, it could also be deemed a rare act of defiance, and one in which was warmly welcomed in the Highland capital of Scotland. I, as many other Caley Thistle fans were I assume, was fearing the worst when Butcher was granted permission to speak to Barnsley.
28/10/2012 § Leave a comment
On the final day of the August 2012 transfer window, one of Scotland’s hottest football prospects, 23-year-old David Templeton, signed for Division Three club Rangers from Premier League side Heart of Midlothian. The pacy winger, beating the midnight signing deadline by a mere matter of seconds, had arguably just completed the most controversial and dramatic, domestic Scottish football transfer this millennium.
25/10/2012 § Leave a comment
Friday October 5, 2012 was the night that the first ever top-flight Highland derby in Scottish football history would take place. A cold, blustery and wet night, (just the average day in Inverness!) would see a match full of passion, pace, tenacity and intrigue, eventually resulting in a home victory.
Visitors Ross County lined up with four ex-Caley Thistle favourites in their side. Goalkeeper Michael Fraser, midfield playmaker Iain Vigurs, defensive stalwart Grant Munro, and record Inverness appearance-maker and defender Ross Tokely. Still, the sight of Tokely turning out in SPL matches with something other than an ICT shirt around him is difficult to grasp and come to terms with.
08/10/2012 § Leave a comment
Stuttering would be the best word to describe Craig Levein’s reign as Scotland manager so far. The Kingdom of Fife native walked through the doors of Hampden and took over as national team manager back in 2009 and filled the nation with fresh hope, and a real sense of optimism and belief, following so many let downs from the previous regime under out of sync George Burley. An open goal miss by Chris Iwelumo springs to mind. A memory no doubt members of the Tartan Army will never forget for all the wrong reasons.