Scottish Premiership clubs have learned their entry for the 2021/22 Scottish Cup after the SFA released the fixture dates for the season. Celtic Rangers and the rest of the top-flight sides will go into round four of the competition, with matches to be held on the weekend of January 22.
St Johnstone had to settle for an opening day point in Dingwall when it really should have been all three. Callum Davidson’s men looked rusty in the opening stages but by the end they were in total control and had missed a penalty and struck the woodwork.
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SCOTTISH football finally returns to action this weekend as all 42 SPFL clubs get their league campaigns underway. Rangers kick off their title defence in the Premiership while Kilmarnock will be aiming to march towards promotion from the Championship. The Premier Sports Cup has already started and the Scottish Cup will get underway later in the season, and St Johnstone will plan to defend both.
Saints fans will finally be able to travel to back their favourites this weekend as the Perth club looks to start the campaign with three points It is one of the finest moments in the game for a player. That moment the ball finds the back of the net and the travelling support erupt in delight and celebration.
Callum Davidson replacing Tommy Wright was supposed to be Scottish football’s equivalent of taking the mic from Frank Sinatra. But the rookie boss did it his way and led St Johnstone to the club’s most successful season ever. Can he keep his history-making squad together?
Aberdeen Warriors head coach Craig Parslow feels his side can take many positives from their first Scottish Cup appearance in four years, despite being knocked out at the hands of Edinburgh Eagles at Westdyke. With more game time under their belts, the Eagles ran away with it in the second-half to chalk up a 60-16 win as a resilient Warriors fought hard in an often physical encounter.
Sandaza spent a special year at Saints and was delighted to watch former team-mates lift two trophies last season Fran Sandaza witnessed close-up the potential of a young Stevie May. And the Spanish striker is delighted to see that the home-grown Perth talent is continuing to play a key role at McDiarmid Park.
Cammy Ballantyne watched his St Johnstone team-mates lift the League and Scottish Cup double on TV from the comfort of his parents home. He kicked every single ball but would have loved nothing better than to be alongside Ali McCann in the St Johnstone midfield. Ballantyne missed out on the biggest season in the club’s 137-year history but you won’t find him sulking.
MARTIN Callum has been appointed as the new captain of Clachnacuddin with Ryan Mackintosh named the new vice-captain. The midfielder was revealed as the club’s new skipper yesterday as they prepared for their opening Highland League match at Inverurie Locos. Callum has also been appointed as a coach this season as well as being given the captain’s armband.
RAB DOUGLAS: European nights are for fans so it will be a real kick in the teeth if St Johnstone supporters miss out
In the last month we have been treated to a packed Wembley for the Euro 2020 final and tennis at a sell-out Wimbledon. Fans have slowly begun to filter through the turnstiles in Scotland too. I’ve absolutely loved seeing them back at Arbroath. But just when we all think it’s starting to get better, there’s another kick in the teeth.
PLANS have been unveiled for a 200-seat stand at the home of Dunbar United. Ambitious proposals to continue the redevelopment of New Countess Park show a new stand being created, which the club hope will not only provide comfort for their fans but also help attract the right calibre of player to the club.
Celtic legend Charlie Gallagher laid to rest as club and fans say goodbye The funeral of Celtic legend Charlie Callagher has taken place, with a special memorial procession taking place outside of Celtic Park. It was announced in a statement by Celtic 10 days ago that the Lisbon Lions legend has passed away at the age of 80.
YET another death after a collision between a car and an e-scooter. On this occasion, a boy of 16 was the victim. At least seven people have died whilst riding e-scooters and many more injured. Adding on the number of pedestrians injured by e-scooter riders illegally on the pavement it is obvious that e-scooters have no place on our roads.
Football fan who lit flare before Celtic Vs Hearts Scottish Cup final banned for year for ‘exposing public to danger’
A FOOTBALL fan caught with a pyrotechnic at the Scottish Cup final was banned from football for a year and fined £270 today. Aiden Gallagher lit the flare before Celtic faced Hearts and Hampden Park on December 20, last year. Prosecutors stated the 23-year-old was in a crowded place and exposed members of the public to danger.
Paul Hanlon has been named the new club captain of Hibs following David Gray’s retirement. The centre-back has extensive experience, having nominally been skipper when the right-back was out of the team, and said earlier this month that he would be “honoured and proud” to take the armband on a full-time basis, adding: “It will be great to have Dave [Gray] still among the staff because he’s been through a lot as captain so I can lean on him a bit if I need to.”
Jack Ross took charge of Hibernian in November 2019 and led the club to a third-place finish in last season's Scottish Premiership; Ross: "We had a good season last season and the aim this year is to build on that. We've got a terrific group of players."
ST JOHNSTONE will face PSV or Galatasaray in the Europa League third qualifying round. Callum Davidson's side were triumphant cup double winners last season, as well as securing a fifth-place Premiership finished. This earned the Perth Saints a well deserved spot in Europe. But instead of entering the newly formed Europa Conference League, the club's major reward for their Scottish Cup success is a spot in this season's Europa League qualification rounds.
The Irishman is loved at Easter Road and took the opportunity to take a dig at Rangers. Conrad Logan made himself a Hibs legend with two massive Scottish Cup performances back in 2016. And he's endeared himself to the fans even more after taking a pop at Rangers on social media on Thursday night.
CONRAD Logan made himself a Hibs hero at Hampden on the capital club's road to lifting the Scottish Cup trophy. The Irish keeper won over fans after stepping in for suspended Mark Oxley and helping his side to a semi-fianl penalty shoot-out win over Dundee United. Logan was then handed a starting position in the final as Hibs beat Rangers 3-2 to lift the trophy after a 114-year wait.