Putting fire in Dundee bellies


Dundee really need to lawyer up over SPFL disciplinary procedures against them for problems with their pitch, leading to their game against Newco being postponed twice.  The game should have been scheduled for Wednesday 3 April, instead of the last midweek before the league split.

Not scheduling a game until the last possible date before the split, makes whoever made that decision culpable for the subsequent postponement and consequential delay to post-split fixture confirmation.  There is no legitimate reason the game was not scheduled for 3 April – only one very illegitimate act.

3 April was four days before Celtic’s visit to Ibrox.  Dundee were happy to play the game then, Newco wanted a clear midweek before facing Celtic, so wanted their Dens fixture after facing Celtic.  Newco and their acolytes got their way.

I don’t mind clubs having an influence over when rearranged fixtures are scheduled.  Would you want a game a few days before a cup final or Champions League match?  Of course not.  Where appropriate, the League should accommodate.

On this occasion, the League were too accommodating to Newco.  By delaying the game until 10 April, their post-split fixture plans were at the mercy of a sudden downpour – or even the away side encountering trouble on their journey to the game, as happened earlier this season, when Newco travelled to Dens.

A problem on the 10 April was not certain but the possibility must have been known by the League when they acquiesced to Newco’s wishes.  And for what it’s worth, I expect Newco’s belligerence since the game was postponed on Wednesday will put fire in the Dundee bellies when the teams eventually meet.

In the two months since Celtic beat St Mirren in Paisley in the Scottish Cup, the Saints have lost to Livingston, shipped five at Kilmarnock, lost to Hearts, and drawn with Ross County and Motherwell.  Their only wins in this period came over St Johnstone and Aberdeen, when they were behind for an impressive 95 minutes before Neil Warnock’s magic touch came into effect in the 96th minute.  The champions should have too much tomorrow.

At tomorrow’s game, look out for Eurochamps67’s (Alex McKillop) mention on the big screens.

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  1. Prestonpans bhoys on

    Simon Donnelly said: “Is it at Easter Road? And I am assuming closed doors, or has that still to be decided? That is a difficult one as well. It’s terrible.”



    Why would it be played behind closed doors, just give the huns their usual end, seats free for all. The rest of the stadium Dundee fans.

  2. Prestonpans bhoys on

    Free for all in that those with tickets allowed in, just don’t have a designated seat

  3. DRAMBOWIECELT on 12TH APRIL 2024 10:14 PM



    Great post highlighting being fobbed off by so called experts – perseverance is the key. Good luck with your upcoming scans 🙏

  4. In complete agreement re mens health.


    Being poked, prodded and scanned feels a little intrusive at times, though it can literally be life changing.


    More power to your elbow- and your bowel

  5. I am 49 years young had a sore lump on one of my baws about 5 year ago so I went straight to my Dr who sent me for scans and then when went back for result and discussed with the specialists i was advised it could or couldn’t be a cancerous growth and I rightly gave them the go ahead to remove the result not cancer but was worth having the tumour and baw removed.



    A couple of years later was feeling palpations in my arm and went to get checked and advised I had an irregular heart rhythm so now take medication to regulate it.



    Nobody knows their own body like you so if in doubt always get checked out guys.

  6. Anyone interested,Smodzics the guy we are supposed to want playing against Leeds just now on SS.

  7. Not the game to be watching Szmodics.Up front on his own.How the hell has he scored so many goals playing for this team?.Looks very quick though.

  8. lets all do the huddle on

    Not the game to be watching Szmodics.Up front on his own




    hes not a striker though is he?



    sam gallagher is blackburns centre forward is he not?



    im not watching it so no idea what tactics they are playing

  9. lets all do the huddle on

    i think ange needs to sign Scales for 40 million to sort that defence out.



    thats 2 goals they have lost within 10 seconds of being at the edge of newcastles box. and the other goal was shambolical as well!

  10. CELTIC: Hart, Johnston, Carter-Vickers, Nawrocki, Taylor, Iwata, Hatate, O’Riley, Kuhn, Kyogo, Yang.


    Subs: Bain, Lagerbielke, Palma, Idah, Bernardo, McGregor, Forrest, Ralston, Welsh

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