To many down south it’s an irrelevance, but it’s clear to see that the Scottish top flight has never been better.
Of course, the league doesn’t have the slickness of Serie A, the showbiz-like nature of the Champions League, or the mass media coverage the English game gets. But it has much more to offer than these competitions.
The Scottish game is continuously made a mockery of. A pub league, where sub-standard talent come to rot and let their careers fade to dust. That’s not the case, however. You only have to look to stars with big names coming to our league and failing spectacularly.
The Scottish game is made for the Kirk Broadfoot’s, whose careers looked dead in the water, and the strikers who will do nothing for months, then score a winner against Scotland’s best. It’s the unpredictable and comedic nature of our game that makes it so appealing.
Scottish football would like to be a serious business, but it’s just not cut out for it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though.
Livingston’s hammering of Hearts on Friday, and the social media reaction, just about summed up how surprising and hilarious the Scottish game can be at points.
The Scottish game is one of a kind, rough around the edges. That’s what makes it so enjoyable, on and off the park.
Comedy and unpredictability make the Scottish game
The top of the league is crammed, but there are talking points aplenty outside of it. Kilmarnock have spent next to nothing, yet they are arguably the second best team in the land. Craig Levein thinks Theresa May is on her way out of 10 Downing Street.
Aberdeen halted Rangers’ two day stay at the top of the league. You’ve got Hibs, who are the Robin Hood of this league. They give points to the poor, but steal them from the rich. St Johnstone are like the Roma of Scottish football, a club who go about their business quietly.
Motherwell’s youthful side, with stars like David Turnbull and Danny Johnson, prove there is more to the Steelmen than their adopted hammer-thrower nickname. St Mirren and Dundee are looking to survive by any means necessary. Then there’s Hamilton, the team whose ground consists of two stands, a gazebo and a Sainsbury’s, yet they still stay up year after year.
Whilst you have Sky who can’t tell Dundee from Dundee United, you have BT Sport, whose coverage of our game is almost as good as the football. Comedy routines, in depth analysis, Chris Sutton winding everyone up at any opportunity. They add massively to our weird and wonderful game.
Scottish football is back to its best. The spills, thrills, and everything in between.