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Saints and Sinners

I’ve always had a wee soft spot for St Mirren. When I was a kid and stayed at my granny’s in Paisley I’d often go and see them. In 1987 my mate Russell and I went to see their cup final victory over Dundee United and the following year we saw their European match against Hammarby* of Sweden where they got knocked out of the Cup Winners Cup** by a goal in the final minute.
*That game it turns out was in 1985
**It was in the UEFA Cup – otherwise the article is quite accurate!

By all accounts they played well at the League cup final against Rangers on Sunday. Their failure though to beat nine men must have had them thinking they’d missed a golden chance for a once in a generation shot at silverware.

Last night’s 4-0  Saints victory over Celtic was one of the most astonishing results I can remember in Scottish football. It was Celtic’s heaviest domestic defeat in 30 years and was surely the swansong for Tony Mowbray’s miserable tenure at the club. (check out this post from January 30th) If I’m right Celtic will be the sixth SPL club to change manager this season and would leave only four SPL clubs operating with the same manager they had this time last year.

Elsewhere Dundee United capitalised on their fine fightback against Rangers which earned them a cup replay. Their 1-0 victory earns them a semi final against Raith Rovers who in turn knocked both Aberdeen and Dundee out on their way to the semis.

The St Mirren and Dundee United victories are good for Scottish football and those of us outside the Old Firm farrago.

And talking of astonishing results, Ross County’s victory over Hibs to reach the other semi v Celtic was amazing too.

With what has happened over recent days it could be anybody’s cup.

I’m pretty certain it won’t be Tony Mowbray’s

Double Act

My thanks to Alastair.

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