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Scotland Arrive At Crucial Juncture In Euro 2020 Qualifying

Friday Night Lights followed by a bit of Monday Night Football. That's what lies in store for Scotland this weekend as the qualifying campaign for Euro 2020 reaches its halfway point then turns for the home straight. Whether or not Scotland will have control of their own destiny in the final few furlongs depends on what happens during the next two matches.

SPFL 2019/20 Season Preview - Part One

It's almost time to get up and running again. After a summer break which feels like it gets shorter each year the SPFL campaign kicks off this coming weekend. The 42 clubs across all four divisions will very soon be finding out if their hopes and dreams for the new season were well placed or if their worst fears were closer to reality all along.

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…

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: 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.