Only a win will do as Scotland prepare for crunch Slovakia match

As Scotland’s final two qualifying matches fast approach, Gordon Strachan’s men face a make or break scenario if they are to make the play-off round for the World Cup. Anything less than two victories against Slovakia and Slovenia will mean the Tartan Army will miss out on yet another tournament. Can they do it? By David Ronney

Ahead of crucial qualifiers, Scotland can afford no more slip-ups

“Scotland’s World Cup dream is fading, but it is definitely not over. The players need to remember that, but they can afford no more slip-ups. The away trip to Lithuania in particular is of utmost importance, and memories of the lacklustre draw at home last autumn must be banished.” By Luke Barry

Scotland: Signs of a revival, or too little too late?

By Luke Barry  It was looking like one of those games. A stereo-typically Scottish performance. Close, but no banana. Russell Martin headed the ball into the back of the net within the opening minutes but the ‘goal’ was disallowed as the centre back was adjudged to have pushed over the Slovenian defender to score the[…]

Growin’ Up

by Andy Grozier // For the Sake of the Song // My partner recently asked me what songs remind me of being a kid, of growing up, messing around, having fun. I hit a total blank at first, trying too hard to searchlight my memories for records playing in backgrounds or copied cassettes being passed[…]

A Middling Month

by Andy Grozier // For the Sake of the Song // We have made it to February already in this great, confusing year of someone’s Lord, 2017. The month that the Hold Steady front-man and solo troubadour Craig Finn would tell you is “about as long as it is wide” in a line that always[…]

Admiral Fallow // Mt. Doubt // Josh Fuchs – La Belle Angèle

By Jamie McDonald  Photography: SayRaa Photography This week saw the celebration of the now revered institution of Independent Venue Week. As ever Edinburgh venue La Belle Angèle joined in with the unveiling of their newly refurbished space and a sterling line up to complete. Edinburgh singer-songwriter Josh Fuchs and his band got things under way with some charmingly[…]

Looking Forward

by Andy Grozier // For the Sake of the Song // January rolls around every year with the same slow, desolate rumble for me. The awkward in-between of festivities ending and works beginning. The mid-winter blues. One part reflection and one part hope for the future. It can be a struggle. Indeed for me it[…]