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Edinburgh might have a reputation for snootiness but Hearts would be encouraged not to turn their noses up at their currently down-at-heel neighbours, for Hibernian's experiences must be viewed as instructive in their quest to make an impact on the Old Firm's dominance of the league.
It isn't easy to dismiss a tournament which enjoyed a near 100 year run. Talk of the return of the Home International Championships - even if only for a sponsor-motivated one year trial period - should be applauded, as we approach, with a sense that something is missing, the start of the inaugural Carling Nations Cup next month.
Ten years to the month on from the sometimes bloody struggle which sealed Lithuania's independence from Russia, Neil Doncaster and Ralph Topping's visit won't be top of the agenda in Vladimir Romanov's adopted country, and rightly so.
Jim McLean still has the esprit de corps to splutter and shout 'I'm suing youse all', it's gladdening to hear.
THE details of a secret dossier were spilled in a Sunday newspaper yesterday and no-one will be surprised to learn that the thumb-prints of the Old Firm can be detected all over its contents.
Fifteen years ago last Friday it was not a referees' strike which was causing consternation, but a postal one. Those Aberdeen fans whose tickets for the Coca Cola Cup final against Dundee did not turn up in time - and there were a few - have greater cause to bitterly regret this fate with every passing year.
There may have been a whiteout over Scotland this weekend. However, Stewart Regan has tried to ensure that there are no allegations of a whitewash at Hampden Park following Friday's sacking of Hugh Dallas, along with four other Scottish Football Association colleagues.
THE wish of the referees is for no-one to question their judgment. While they are perfectly entitled to expect this on the pitch, their decision-making off it is becoming harder to comprehend.
STEWART Regan was spotted dashing for the lift at Hampden Park with a sandwich snatched from the downstairs cafeteria on Thursday, as the new chief executive of the Scottish Football Association came to the end of his investigation into Dougie McDonald's now notorious penalty decision at Tannadice 13 days ago.
HE WAS at the wedding of close friend Jamie Murray on Thursday, but as far as Colin Fleming's professional ambitions are concerned the match made in heaven proved to be his own pairing with Jocelyn Rae earlier this Autumn.
NEVER mind how many he booked - just the five in the end - and never mind his intention to let the game breathe. When an assessment of Willie Collum's first Old Firm performance is attempted it all must come down to one thing: was it or was it not a penalty?
After a stirring second-half comeback against Motherwell on Saturday, Rangers fans with access to satellite television might have taken the chance in the evening to view the scenes from the Nou Camp as Barcelona hosted Valencia, the then leaders of La Liga.
Short of rolling over and handing Dundee three points, something they never looked like doing, Stirling Albion could not have been more accommodating towards their troubled visitors on Saturday on an emotional day at Forthbank.
Given Dundee's plight, some accentuating of the positives could be in order. At the start of a week when Scotland play the first match of an attractive European Championship qualifying double-header, Craig Levein can be in good heart.
A win, if a tight, perhaps undeserved one, for Dundee over Morton on Saturday at an emotionally-charged Dens Park, but the principal challenge is the one facing the club in the coming week.
FOR Dundee fans, it is a perfect storm. In the year rivals Dundee United lifted the Scottish Cup their own club's existence has once again been thrown into doubt, and in frankly more dismaying circumstances than seven years ago.
The idea that Alan Gilzean is somehow associated with a lost legacy might seem a preposterous notion to some. Indeed, 90 per cent of those people gathered in a cinema in Dundee on Saturday morning for the launch of the first book about the former Dundee and Spurs striker would scoff at the suggestion that he is forgotten.
It is no secret that Craig Levein had real concerns about the length of time he would regard himself as redundant between international fixtures, as he considered swapping the day-to-day intensity of club football for the post of Scotland manager.