Scotland Prevail In Must Win Game Against Cyprus; Fall To Belgium In Brussels

Things went pretty much as expected. Scotland's latest Euro 2020 qualifying fixtures have now been completed and the record books will show a home victory over Cyprus followed by defeat in Belgium. While these results were expected by the majority of observers the two fixtures allowed new Scotland manager Steve Clarke to work with his squad for the first time and gave fans an opening glimpse of what to expect under Clarke moving forward.

Kicking Off Under Steve Clarke

The waiting is almost over for Scotland fans. Saturday's Euro 2020 Group I qualifier against Cyprus at Hampden Park in Glasgow will begin the Steve Clarke era. Officially appointed on May 20, Clarke has had much to do in a short space of time before this first game. Having inherited a bit of a mess, in terms of the current group standings and player attitudes, Clarke will have spent a fair bit of time sounding out key players to gauge their feelings on the current situation as well as putting together his desired coaching team. He also had the small matter of announcing his first squad and getting some work in on the training field with them.

Premier League Post-Season School Report

As the dust settles on another Premier League season, we are challenged with finding other ways to spend our time. Much of it is spent day-dreaming over transfers and excitedly anticipating what the upcoming season will bring. The rest of it is spent reviewing and analysing how the last one went. As most of us are unfamiliar with the intricacies of how a post-mortem goes down, the warmer medium of a school report is often applied - or a no holds-barred breakdown of how a teacher would like to approach a school report in this case. Just remember, if you’ve done nothing wrong, you’ve no need to worry…

Celtic FC: Crossroads

Celtic Football Club are currently dominating Scottish football; They recently secured the Premiership title - their eighth in a row - and won the League Cup in December. Victory against Hearts in the Scottish Cup Final on May 25 will deliver a third consecutive domestic treble for the men from Glasgow's East End.

Sick of It: Another Year as an Arsenal Fan

On 23rd May last year, Arsenal officially unveiled Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger's successor, the new manager of the club. A somewhat left-field choice, with most eyes on Mikel Arteta, but Arsenal fans were quietly content with the appointment – Emery by no means commanded the status of Ancelotti, Zidane, Simeone etc, but having won 3 Europa League titles during his 3 year tenure with the club, Arsenal fans were given a reason to look forward with positivity.

Scottish Football: The Season So Far

It's that time of year when most of the domestic football leagues around Europe are finishing - winners and losers are being decided everywhere and the efforts of many over the long season can now be properly judged by media and fans. In Scotland the four leagues which make up the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) are at this stage. This then makes it the perfect time to reflect on what we have witnessed while looking ahead to what is still to come - namely the end of season playoffs.

“Those Who Matter Don’t Mind” - Why I Admire Manchester City’s Fanbase

Twenty years ago to this very day, Saturday 24th April 1999, some 29,337 gathered in attendance on an all too typically cloudy Manchester afternoon at a weathered Maine Road, a once beloved ground suffering as much from financial neglect as the team that called it home to watch Manchester City succumb to a 1-2 home defeat to Wycombe Wanderers in a game of Division 2 football.

Forward Thinking Required For Scotland To Achieve Goals

We've been here before as Scotland fans. The beginning of a new qualifying campaign for an upcoming World Cup or European Championships and the initial optimism that this could be the tournament we qualify for is quickly eroded after a dose of reality hits during the opening fixtures. In this case Scotland's attempt to qualify for Euro 2020 appears to be completely derailed after a disastrous 3-0 defeat to lowly ranked Kazakhstan.

Is the Premier League Still the Most Competitive League in the World?

The Premier League; the jewel in the crown of the country that gave the world football and a sacred institution. The type of cherished possession that is afforded a level of protection only enjoyed by the egg of the most fierce hen in the coop. To subject it to any level of scrutiny, particularly when drawing comparisons to its foreign counterparts, is akin to insulting the first born of the average English football fan.

Connor's Corner: Is it too early to back the World Cup winner?

With the World Cup qualifiers thankfully over for another few months and while gambling addictions around football are being criticised heavily in the media currently, now seems the perfect time for me to write a piece on who I feel will secure the ultimate glory in an event that doesn’t take place for another 9 months: The FIFA World Cup.

Connor's Corner: Neymar Jr - Genius or Stupidity?

With Neymar Jr completing his world record fee to Paris Saint Germain last night, many comments online that I viewed were all of a similar nature – “what a waste of talent”, “off he goes to waste his career”, “hope he enjoys his retirement”. With the French Ligue 1 viewed as a weak league by many and an almost one-horse race, (bar PSG having a completely off season like last season) it may be hard to disagree with the majority here.

Connor's Corner: How Can Arsenal Improve This Summer?

After missing out on Champions League and the top 4 for the first time in his Arsenal career, many expected Arsene Wenger to leave the club once the season came to its finale. However, with the club legend now extending his stay by a further two years, can he bring back the glory days of the past? With Arsenals lackluster and honestly quite pathetic at times squad, they really need to make some big changes to turn a team of boys into a team of men.

Connor's Corner: How Can Man City Improve This Summer?

Next up are the favourites for the league this year, Manchester City. After acquiring the services of Pep Guardiola last year, many expected the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich man to come in and win the league. After 10 games and 10 consecutive wins, it looked like he was going to. But, after a disastrous period during the middle and end of the season, they finished a lowly 3rd, 15 points behind Chelsea.

Connor's Corner: How can Spurs improve this summer?

Moving on now to the team that finished 2nd, Tottenham Hotspur. They’ve come so close over the last two years, pushing Leicester to the very end in the 15/16 season as well as chasing the outstanding Chelsea home this season. Although they’ve come so close each year, it’s hard to see where they can improve. They had the best defensive record in the league in the 16/17 season and have the Premier League top scorer for the last two seasons amongst their ranks in Harry Kane. Mauricio Pochettino’s high intensity, pressing style means that their transfer activity can be very limited as a lot of players do not have that type of attribute to their game.