Alan Pattullo

Alan Pattullo

Alan Pattullo: Momentum lies with Celtic after five SPL wins in a row, but home side have not come out on top in recent clashes

IF CELTIC are to increase their lead at the top of the Scottish Premier League tomorrow then they will need to claim the home victory that has been beyond the hosts in three other Old Firm matches staged this season.

Alan Pattullo: Anfield deal would be fitting reward for Charlie Adam

The identity of the most wanted man in the Barclays Premier League's might not please the marketing people involved with England's top league, yet it strikes a blow for talented, younger-than-they look footballers with gap-toothed smiles.

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Alan Pattullo: Hearts must pay heed to Hibs' fall from grace

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.

Alan Pattullo: It's time to bring Home Nations in from the cold

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.

Alan Pattullo: Signs of desperation as SPL pair woo Vladimir Romanov

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.

Alan Pattullo: Wee Jim gets het up over lawnmowing tale

Jim McLean still has the esprit de corps to splutter and shout 'I'm suing youse all', it's gladdening to hear.

Alan Pattullo: SPL faces retro future if Old Firm has its way

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.

Alan Pattullo: Empty seats may tip McGhee from his one

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.

Alan Pattullo: Returning to 'normal' is a bleak prospect

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.

Alan Pattullo: Final arbiters on the pitch are guilty of a questionable decision off it

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.

Alan Pattullo: Chief executive must be wary of being drawn into every controversy

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.

Interview: Colin Fleming

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.

Alan Pattullo: Man in the middle can't get away from fact that penalty call defined his game

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?

Alan Pattullo: Valencia a stern test for Rangers

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.

Alan Pattullo: Humbled fans look the best bet to lead Dundee

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.

Alan Pattullo: Domestic displays give Craig Levein reason for optimism

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.

Alan Pattullo: Only Calum Melville can bring Dundee back from brink

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.

Dark days again at Dundee, but this time sympathy is in short supply

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.

Alan Gilzean remains a mystery, and that's just the way he wants it

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.

Alan Pattullo: With Barry Ferguson calling the tune, Craig Levein has been left dangling with a dilemma

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.

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