The Scottish Premier League

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Real Men Wear Skirts: SPL = Scotland’s Pathetic League!

Scotland didn’t do anything to improve their status in Europe in this summer’s Champions and Europa League qualifiers. Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: Hampden Park Joy & Now The SPL Is All Business

Scotland takes heart from a win over Denmark at home and the SPL puts friendlies aside and focuses on the long season ahead. Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: Rangers Stumble, Celtic Fly Out Of The Gate

The SPL has started play again and Scott Johnston is on top of things. Continue reading »

Brand New Season, Same Old SPL?

Scott Johnson is back just in time with a look at the SPL ahead of the opening weekend of fixtures. Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: Rangers for the League, Celtic for the Cup!

Scottish football wrapped up over the last week, with Rangers claiming their third straight SPL title and Celtic balancing the scales with a victory in the Scottish Cup. Scott Johnston says farewell to Walter Smith and good luck to his successor, Ally McCoist. With Neil Lennon around, maintaining the status quo will not be easy. Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: They Do Not, However, Attack Celtic Coaches Named Neil Lennon

Some people have charisma. Strangers are simply charmed by them and hang on their every word. For their admirers such people can say or do no wrong. Then there’s Neil Lennon. Scott Johnston looks at the latest fan to pile on the Celtic boss as part of this week’s SPL review. Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: Inverness Go Ballistic, Shoot A Hole In Celtic’s Title Hopes

Inverness put a huge dent in Celtic’s title plans with an upset 3-2 victory on Wednesday evening. Now, with both sides level on games played, Rangers are in the driver’s seat. This is the SPL, we’re talking about, though. So how long can that last? Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: Old Firm VII Is In The Books But Celtic & Rangers Still Have Business

With just a handful of games remaining, Celtic trail Rangers by a single point but, with a match in hand, control their own destiny. Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts – The SPL Enters Its Final Countdown

Scott Johnston refuses to let one idiot ruin an interesting fortnight of football in the SPL. Continue reading »

Rangers: Heading For Rags Or Riches?

Scott Johnston sorts through the tangled Rangers sale. Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts – Rangers Falter, Hibs, Hearts Draw & Craig Brown Considers A Career In MMA

The past week was a two-fer for SPL fans, with their favourite clubs playing both on the weekend and in mid-week. Yet, a pair of cliff-hangers were overshadowed by a heavyweight battle between the Aberdeen boss and the Motherwell chairman. Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: Rangers Beat Celtic To Re-Ignite The Title Race!

Rangers re-ignite their season with a League Cup victory over Celtic in Old Firm.2011.6. With one more clash still to come, there is now some doubt as to Celtic’s superiority. Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: The SPL Takes The Week Off?

The SPL’s limited weekend schedule was further reduced by a soggy pitch at the Caledonian. Continue reading »

Are The Old Firm Playing Dangerous Games With A Serious Issue?

The Old Firm’s six point plan is a laudable first step in addressing societal issues which have caught the SPL in their net but the clubs should focus on the problems at hand rather than trying to bring lesser matters into play through the back door. Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: Celtic Run Roughshod Over Accies and Politicos Corral Old Firm

The Old Firm held form in the league over the week but were forced to join together to address Parliament’s concerns with the spiralling culture of alcohol and violence surrounding SPL matches. Continue reading »

The Old Firm Goes Berserk At The Scottish Cup!

After the outbursts from both clubs, three red cards, double-digit yellows and a bit of MMA (managerial marshal arts) between Ally McCoist and Neil Lennon, league and public officials stepped up their calls to clean up the Scottish game. Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: Celtic’s Grip On Title Loosens in Loss To Motherwell

Scott Johnston reviews the week’s SPL action and wonders about the league’s decision to start next season in July. Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: Celtic In Paradise!

Scott Johnston gives Celtic their due in putting down Rangers on the weekend and wonders if Jimmy Calderwood will blanche when he realises the challenge he faces at Division One Dingwall. Continue reading »

Real Men Wear SkirtsThis Weekend Looks Familar… Can You Say Old Firm?

With the announcements of  nuptials for Bill and Kate in London and Al and Charley in Monaco, our own Andrew Gibney decided to beat the June rush and tie the knot with his own fiance, Laura, in the early spring.  So, with the stag party to end all stag parties – although Andrew has kiboshed … Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: Scottish Cup Sees Giants Thrive & An Old Firm Replay

People rejoiced around the country this week. It was time for some cup action. A time to forget about the unendingly repetitive SPL games and, if your club hasn’t been performing up to par in the league, your chance to forget about all that and revel in the chance of cup success. On Saturday, we … Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: I Don’t Mean To Repeat Myself But It Is The SPL

Variety, they say, is the spice of life. The SPL, therefore, must be the no-frills omelette of the football world. By the end of February Celtic will have played both Aberdeen and Rangers three times in eight weeks. Actually Celtic and Aberdeen faced up three times in ten days, so forgive me when I couldn’t … Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: Hearts Closing On Old Firm

Have we found a third horse?  If so, it’s a dark one.  Dark red, as a matter of fact. “Two horse race” is a phrase that is probably used more in Scotland than any other country in the world, excepting perhaps Spain. So often the chase for the Scottish title has been given the label, … Continue reading »

Rangers’ Kenny Miller Opts For Turkish Delight

The first news we heard was that a £650,000 bid had been accepted by Rangers from English Premier League club Birmingham City for the services of the SPL’s top scorer Kenny Miller. No one was surprised, Birmingham are struggling to score goals, Miller is enjoying the best form of his life and Rangers lack cash. … Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: The Celtic v Hamilton Result Was Anything But Academical

For once, there was more action on the pitch than off in Scotland, if only just. Last week saw Neil Lennon appeal a six game ban imposed after he appealed a two game ban enacted in the wake of his over the top appeals both on the pitch and in the media at Tynecastle, in … Continue reading »

The Scottish Premier League Mid-Term Report

If we take last weekend’s cup games as the mid-way point of the SPL season, there is no better time to examine how well the twelve teams have got on so far. Despite Rangers and Celtic’s extended unbeaten runs to begin the season, the most potent force in the SPL during this campaign has been … Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: Celtic’s Samaras Braces Rangers and SPL Execs Search For The Perfect Ten

Apart from the big game that was played at Ibrox this week, reports of an even more ridiculous idea than Giorgios Samaras scoring a double have been banded about a Glasgow stadium by some of the most powerful people in Scottish football. The SPL executives and club chairman got together at Hampden Park this week … Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: The SPL & SFA Need To Realise The Need For A (Scheduled) Winter Break

With every SPL game called off this week, there’s not exactly much to write about.  The referee debacle has died down but is not quite dead.   The only game to go ahead in Scotland over the weekend, Alloa Athletic v Peterhead, finished 2-2 and, inevitably, Alloa’s 90th minute penalty was a tad on the … Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: A Farcical Weekend In The SPL

It is a hard life as a Scottish football fan, you spend your whole life defending the league… “It’s not just about the Old Firm.” “The other teams are pretty good.” “it’s really not that bad.” All things I have said time and time again. This past week, though, the league has been indefensible. Like … Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: SPL Refs Say Enough Is Enough!

Savour this report for as long as you can, as it may be the last for a while.  It seems the Scottish referees have had enough, picked up their footballs and won’t come out to play. It is not difficult to see where the refs are coming from.  More-so than usual in the past weeks, … Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: McGhee, Grateful For A Short Break, Hopes It Doesn’t Become Permanent

International breaks don’t suit everyone, some managers will hate the drop in momentum.  For instance, Jim Jeffries’ Hearts side head into the interlude having won three games in a row, such a run as the Edinburgh side have not managed since August 2008. Hibs and Inverness have two wins on the trot and their gaffers, … Continue reading »

Real Men Wear Skirts: Mercy Me!

Two weeks ago when PSV were scoring goals,  just for fun, against a hapless Feyenoord defence, the cries of mercy could be heard from De Kuip stadium to the farthest corners of Europe.  One place such cries will never be entertained, however, is in Glasgow. If you’re thinking you missed something as you read this, … Continue reading »

The Land Of Skirted Men, The Masses Rise Up

After a week of refereeing controversy, everything should be put into perspective with the news that Dundee have been docked 25 points for going into administration twice within seven years.   A penalty given or waved off could never hurt a club as severely as this punishment has the Dark Blues. It was also a … Continue reading »

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