Backtracking Referees And Hamilton’s Bad Potty Mouth: SPFL Weekly Recap 30th Of January-6th Of February

ABERDEEN

It was announced on the first of February that striker Michael Ruth has re-joined the dons after being recalled from his loan spell at Arbroath.

The club also suffered a 2-0 defeat on Tuesday to Livingston.

CELTIC

Celtic striker Albian Ajeti has been charged with simulation by the SFA and could see a two-match ban as a result of him going down in the penalty box after Kilmarnock goalkeeper Colin Doyle came out the goals to challenge him., which resulted in Celtic being awarded a penalty and lead to them going 2-0 up.

Celtic announced this week that they have formed a new partnership with the media company Dugout, and they plan on using Dugout’s resources to spread their content around the globe to increase the club’s reach and even potentially gather new fans in the process.

DUNDEE UNITED
Dundee United lost 2-1 to Motherwell on Wednesday as manager Micky Mellon faces further pressure from fans to improve their current form.

There were questions raised by Motherwell manager Graham Alexander over the safety of the game as a Dundee United player returned a ‘false positive’ Covid-19 test. The SFA states that if a second follow up test returns negative then the player is safe to continue training sand can play in any upcoming fixtures.

HIBS

Hibs mourned the loss of former player Duncan Falconer who played for Hibs in the 50s and 60s.  Duncan featured in several games for the club and his last outing with the team was in 1964.The team here at the Hummingbird Journal send our condolences to the club and his loved ones.

HAMILTON ACCIES
Hamilton in a hilarious turn of events had to fire one of their Accies TV commentators this week for revealing to viewers he had went for a “jobby” at half time and had forgotten to unmute his mic upon his arrival. The same commentator also had arrived at the wrong stadium before the match and had to travel back to New Douglas Park from Ibrox.  During the same match the club also lost 2-1 to Ross County.

KILMARNOCK

Following the departure of Manager Alex Dyer previous Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson and former Carlisle United manager Tommy Wright have been teased as the main candidates in the running to replace Dyer.

The club suffered a 4-0 defeat to Celtic this week meaning their current form is continuing to drop in standard.

LIVINGSTON
Livingston were accused of breaking Covid-19 rules this week following the discovery that the team use closed Tony Macaroni restaurants for their pre-match meals. The club released a statement that said:” We have been made aware of complaints that were made in relation to our pre-match meal at Tony Macaroni and a subsequent “investigation” into these events. We are deeply disappointed about this “investigation” and the way this alleged COVID-19 breach has been portrayed in the media, considering we had the authorities written approval to use Tony Macaroni restaurants for our pre-match meals. The Tony Macaroni restaurants are closed, and we have the use of the full restaurant to comply with social distancing measures and we were assured that all restaurants were sanitised deeply pre- and post-use. In early January, the club were made aware of an exemption in legislation for closed premises for “any suitable premises that are used for the purposes of professional sport.” We felt this comment to be vague and wanted further clarity from the relevant governing bodies to ensure we fully complied with all Covid-19 guidelines and legislation. Therefore, we followed up on this guidance on the 12th of January 2021 and explicitly informed the Scottish FA of our desire to use Tony Macaroni for our pre-match meals moving forward and questioned whether this exemption in legislation would allow us to do so. The Scottish FA replied to our query confirming that they have ‘received confirmation that the advice still stands from a legislative perspective even though we are in a national lockdown.’ Thus meaning, all relevant authorities were fully aware of the club using a Tony Macaroni restaurant for our pre-match meals. Today, we received an update from the SFA/JRG stating that this will no longer be possible. This new guidance will prevent all clubs from using restaurants and hotels for pre-match meals, unless staying overnight, where they would class as residents. We are sure this new guidance will come as quite the shock to a number of football clubs who have been utilising hotels for pre-match meals. While we will continue to comply fully with the latest Scottish Government, JRG, SPFL and Scottish FA guidance, we do not deem this alleged COVID-19 breach to be fair or warranted given we were operating under the latest written guidance and written approval we had at the time. The guidance has changed, and our stringent club protocols will change also to fully protect our players, staff and wider society. We will be making no further comment on the matter and welcome any investigation into the alleged breach.”

MOTHERWELL
Motherwell continued their newfound winning streak this week after a 2-1 victory over Dundee United at Fir Park. The game was littered with controversies after three penalty claims were made by Dundee United minutes after each other that were denied, and Motherwell defender Nathan McGinley suffered a damaging kick to the face and had to be taken off for medical treatment as it is speculated, he may have broken his nose.

Motherwell skipper Declan Gallagher did not trigger his automatic one-year contract extension this week as he had developed a muscle injury during training. He took to Twitter to assure fans that the timing wasn’t intentional and that he was happy to stay at the club, as rumours have continued to swirl that the captain will depart the steelmen in May.

Motherwell coach Diarmuid O’Caroll has announced his departure from the club after becoming the manager of Northern Ireland’s under 17s and 19s.

RANGERS

Rangers this week celebrated a 1-0 victory against St Johnstone at McDiarmid park with Ianis Hagi’s goal in the 52nd minute.

Rangers bad boy Alfredo Morelos is still facing his three-match ban following his run in with Hibs player Ryan Porteous. He will be absent for the next two games. He isn’t the only Rangers player to face disciplinary action this week as Kemar Roofe has been hit with a two-match ban after a lunge style attack he made on St Johnstone player Murray Davidson.

ROSS COUNTY

The staggies were able to obtain a 2-1 win over Hamilton Accies during the match that seen an Accies commentator be relieved of his duties. The game also seen new striker Jordan White make his debut and first goal for the club.

ST JOHNSTONE

St Johnstone this week’s main news came in the form of their 1-0 defeat to Rangers.

ST MIRREN

Similarly, to St Johnstone, St Mirren’s main news this week came in the form of their 2-1 defeat to Hibs.

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