Rangers finally lost a league match this season, going down 2-1 to Hibs. A game that must have left an emotionally confused Scott Allan desperately trying to regain his focus for the next Celtic U21s game.

After the match, Alan Stubbs was moved to say that he’d love to have played in his own Hibs’ team. Perhaps trying to get in there first just in case a Hibs equivalent of Paul Scholes (Mickey Weir?) popped up to say otherwise.

Celtic and Aberdeen both maintained their recent league form. Is it a coincidence that Aberdeen’s collapse has coincided with the Hibs revival? Or are the Dandy Dons dreaming of spending next season trying to deny Rangers promotion from the Championship?

Staying in the Championship, St Mirren appoint ex-Hibs boss Alex Miller as the club’s assistant manager, shutting down speculation that Kenny McDowall was being lined up for the role. An easy mistake to make as word had obviously got out that the new assistant had a Rangers connection and a smile-allergy.

Celtic’s Kieran Tierney revealed that he was a ballboy when Celtic beat Barcelona in 2012 and now he could be playing for the club in Europe. A real feelgood story. Especially for Celtic fans, realising there’s now a vacancy for a ballboy and that this could be the perfect role for Efe Ambrose.

Meanwhile, Ronny Deila has promised the return of the Ronny Roar. If only to try to drown out Kris Commons if he risks substituting him against Molde again.

Down south, the Chelsea circus keeps on giving. The chaos engulfing the club has resulted in all hell breaking loose – by which we mean John Terry actually doing something that people can respect him for. JT announced that he’d take criticism from ex-pros he respects, but he won’t take it from Robbie Savage. To which Robbie replied… with some babble or other. We weren’t paying attention.

Louis van Gaal took a swipe at Paul Scholes’s criticisms of his United side, saying that he should “speak to his friend Ryan Giggs” about them. Exactly the kind of sarky comment that will see Louis ruled out of the Salford City job.

On the plus side for the under-fire duo of van Gaal and Wayne Rooney, the United striker manager to get the winner against CSKA Moscow. It was a goal that showed that van Gaal’s side could reach the heady heights of excitement of George Graham’s Arsenal side.

It might also get Andrei Kanchelskis off van Gaal’s back; the former United winger had labeled the Dutchman’s team, “robots”. An unusual comment to make. Few of us have ever listened to Wayne Rooney and associated him with intelligence – artificial or otherwise.

Still, at least the CSKA goal means Wayne won’t be on the receiving end of any more tweets from Greater Manchester Police… who had reported him “missing”.  A bit of a relief, given the problems of trying to describe Rooney in a missing persons report. “Bald. No, with hair. With hair, but bald.”

Rooney’s header may be one of the last times we’ll see that kind of goal. A U.S. study has found that persistent heading of even modern lightweight footballs can cause brain damage. What does this mean? Wayne should probably get a claim in. While given his abilities at clearing corners, Efe Ambrose is probably in a position to apply for Mensa.

Ross 'Teddy' Craig
Teddy retired from stand-up in 2014 after a 16-year career that saw him win ‘Best Up and Coming Comedian’ at The Scottish Variety Awards in 2010 and come runner-up in the Scottish Comedian of the Year Finals of 2008 and 2009.

Among other TV and radio credits, his football-savvy has meant roles as writer/script-editor on Offside and Only An Excuse (both BBC1 Scotland).

He set up ScottishComedyFC.com in 2011, hosts and produces the Scottish Comedy FC Podcast and is often the fingers behind the tweets on @ScotComFC.

These days, his content-creative and social media skills have led to him working as a content marketing specialist with a top Edinburgh agency. He remains in demand as a comedy writer and this year has been commissioned to write on the BBC Radio Scotland shows ‘The Good, The Bad and The Unexpected’, ‘The Fame Game’ and ‘Breaking The News’.

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