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Is Scottish domestic football on the rise?

Wednesday 25th May 2016
In the last few days, there have been three acquisitions in Scotland for the Old Firm clubs, which points towards an upward curve in interest in the domestic Scottish game after a period of real staleness.

Glasgow Rangers who now have worked their way back into the top league in Scotland certainly have some financial clout, and are trying to put themselves in a position to compete with the top club in Scotland, and Champions, Glasgow Celtic.  Rangers have a shrewd manager in Mark Warburton, who impressed many when in charge of Brentford in England.  Warburton uses the loan system very well to acquire players in England to give them experience up in Scotland and I have no doubt will look for similar opportunities this upcoming season.

Glasgow Rangers have acquired Jordan Rossiter from Liverpool for next season, for a transfer fee rumoured to be £250,000.  Rossiter, a few years ago was a player that Liverpool had massive hopes for, he was labelled with the moniker of the next Steven Gerrard, which is unfair for any player trying to find his way in the game.  Rossiter has had his share of injuries but is undoubtedly a decent footballer, who provides good cover for his defence, sitting in a holding midfield role.
The blue side of Glasgow have also acquired Joey Barton from Burnley on a free transfer.  Always controversial Barton, last season aided the Clarets in gaining promotion to the Premier League and brings with him amongst other things a wealth of experience.  Barton, has always had ability and in my view is underrated as a technical player, his delivery from set pieces, in particular, is excellent, and I can see Glasgow Rangers profiting from that.
Glasgow Celtic have brought in a new man in charge in Brendan Rodgers the ex-Watford, Swansea City and Liverpool manager.  Rodgers likes his team to play from the back and be very technical, so will be interesting to see how he fares in Scotland.  You would think he will have a bit of cash to spend, and I expect him as per Glasgow Rangers to look to do business with English clubs in the loan market.

There is no doubt that Scottish football is stronger with two good Glasgow sides in situ, plus with Hibernian recently winning the Scottish Cup for the first time in 102 years and Hearts now back in the top league, the Edinburgh clubs are progressing as well.  Aberdeen, also had a good season last season, so things seem to be coming along nicely in Scotland.

Scotland has some real talented footballers coming through at the moment, all playing domestically, players such as Jordan McGhee a defender for Hearts, Kieran Tierney, defender for Glasgow Celtic, Jack Aitchison, a striker for Glasgow Celtic, midfielder, Aiden Nesbitt also for Glasgow Celtic and Ryan Hardie a striker with Glasgow Rangers.  Some real ability, which in particular Brendan Rodgers will look forward to working with the players mentioned for his side, he brought youngsters through at Liverpool and will look to do this again.

I for one see some real promising signs in Scotland for the first time in a number of years, and I am looking forward to watching again the Old Firm Derbies.  Joey Barton up against Scott Brown in particular, could be one to keep a very close eye on.  Let's hope the SPL has better times ahead.
Craig Muncey
Passionate football fan for many years. Love all aspects of the game, and I hope this passion comes out in my writing.

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