For the majority of the blog I write primarily about Celtic. I cannot ignore other Scottish team and players but other blogs based in Scotland can offer a greater depth of commentary than I can. I usually only see these teams when they play Celtic.
However after doing my winter break review of Celtic and our players I thought I would give my comments on the other teams in the league.I have tried not to be triumphalist and I cannot and will not look too far ahead in football but I thought a wee look at the other teams and their prospects for 2017 would not go amiss at this time.
I am starting at the bottom of the league and with ICT in bottom place they are first up.It is ironic that the bottom team in the league is the only team to take points from Celtic this season.They fought back to draw 2-2 with us and finished with a wet sail.
That result aside they have been competitive without getting the results they would like. Their manager, Richie Foran, does hold the title of best hipster beard in the SPFL !! Hats off to Mr Foran.
Hamilton Accies. Always difficult to play on that surface and at home they can usually give teams a game. They feature former Celt…Mo, Mo Massimo Donati and have a great record in bringing through and selling on young players. Hamilton are a team it is difficult to be nasty, or nice about…they are just…Hamilton. I think they will stay up.
Kilmarnock. Have a couple of Inverclyde lads playing for them, Adam Frizzell and Greg Taylor, this is a good thing, and now Eoghan O’ Connell on loan…but that aside they are not a very likeable club. Infused with that WATP attitude ( Ayrshire Styleee) basically I would not be sorry to see them go down.Relegation.
Motherwell. If Mark McGhee and his staff paid half as much attention to their team instead of going off about Celtic’s warm up they would be further up the table. To be fair gave us a great game at Fir Park and their wee mad squad try their best to generate hostility and atmosphere even though they are a bunch of wee Shereen Nanjani’s. Their right back played really well v us at Fir Park before getting injured. Cover for big Mikael Lustig or better than Anthony Ralston? You decide ( No talking about Celtic- ed). Bottom six.
Dundee. With ex Celt Paul Hartley at the hub they can beat anyone on their day. Paul runs Richie Foran a good second in best beards but clearly takes more care of his. However they are another club with nasty fans as I recall and whilst they are in the SPFL and their neighbours are not I still think of United as the bigger team ( from ye olden Jim McLean days onwards). Will be fine.
Partick Thistle. A club with the most sinister threatening, spiky, intimidating individual in the league…step forward Kingsley the Mascot. This mascot oozes menace and even had a go at abusing our huddle. Cheeky bad start!! The team who we play in the now traditional Glasgow Derby :-). Possible bottom two.
Like a Dr Who monster- with a slight gut !!
Ross County. Dingwall- The most hospitable place to visit to see the Hoops,so I am informed. I have never been there. Remarkable that they are in the SPFL and are favourites to go down every year. With the excellent Jim McIntyre at the helm and with the fantastic Liam Boyce up front they should be safe again. For the sake of our travelling support I hope so.
St Johnstone. Dour, stuffy and hard to break down. Not a team that seems to play great football but always a team that is organised and work hard. Their manager Tommy Wright seems to have established a formula that suits him and the team and they are a top six team.
Hearts. Apart from Celtic Park I think Tynecastle is the best place to watch football from a spectator viewpoint in Scotland as it is very steep and you are right on top of the pitch. …….Butonly after you have ran the gauntlet of their horrible fans and got into the ground safely ( except if you are Lenny as even being in the ground does not guarantee safety). With the new man Cathro in charge they look as if they have hit a bit of a speed bump but I expect them to be fighting for a European place. if they qualify it will be a bit of a waste really as invariably they will go out to a Lithuanian third division club in the pre, pre , pre qualifying rounds of Europa League, which I think started last Thursday.
Aberdeen. Big disappointment. Horrible wee manager who is basically staging a lifelong audition for the gig at Ibrox and a group of players who I expected to be doing better. Should be second, but I suspect their manager would be happy with third.
Sevco. Have overachieved and sit second although the Dandy Dons have a game in hand. Claiming to be the same club but still have not paid the face painter or the clown yet…..and going through the liquidation process.
I am still not 100% sure who owns them but I know that on the pitch big Moussa absolutely owns them. Looking to bring in some new loanees as they are totally skint. This is not a new thing for the new team as their very existence is reliant on loans.
Some big dates this year for the Sevco fans to put in their diaries with Court dates v big Mike and the BTC. May cling onto second spot but I think the biggest thing they have to worry about is money, money, money…..or the lack of it. Third place.
I can name that team in one
Happy to hear your thoughts about any of the above mentioned……