TRIGGER WARNING there is repeated mention of sexual violence involving children in this piece. If you are sensitive to these themes, please don’t read on.
Aberdeen chairman, Dave Cormack released a statement this week confirming to supporters that Derek McInnes still had the club’s backing.
The statement said:” Following speculation around the manager’s position, Derek and I met on Sunday and discussed the team’s poor run of form since the turn of the year. From my personal perspective there is no doubting Derek’s continued desire to drive success for the Club.
“Having qualified for Europe seven seasons in a row, and with a healthy 54% win-rate over almost 400 games in charge, it’s important that Derek focuses on integrating last week’s three new signings and getting the team back to winning ways.
“The coaching staff have had only one full day’s training with Fraser Hornby and Callum Hendry, whilst Florian Kamberi will hopefully arrive in the next few days. The board met today and are fully behind Derek getting us back on track, as he’s demonstrated countless times over his eight-year tenure. We’re at the business end of the season and we still have 33 points to play for. It’s critical that we all get behind Derek and the team as we strive for the best possible league finish and qualify for European football once again.”
Celtic released a statement this week following the release of the findings of the SFA’s report into child sex abuse within Scottish clubs. Celtic FC said: “Celtic welcomes the publication of the Final Report following the Independent Review of Sexual Abuse in Scottish Football. The Club recognises the courage of all those who came forward and contributed to this review.
“The abuse of young people is an abhorrent crime, which has unfortunately affected many organisations within Scottish football, indeed Scottish society as a whole.
“The Club has publicly expressed its sincere sympathy, regret and sorrow to all those affected across Scottish football including at Celtic Football Club and Celtic Boys’ Club, something which the Independent Review acknowledged and welcomed. Today we reiterate this apology.
“Since the publication of the Interim Report, Celtic has been working with the Scottish FA and Scottish football as a whole to review those recommendations and to strive to make Scottish football a safer place for our young people. The Club remains fully committed to continuing to prioritise welfare and safeguarding protections for our young people, including working with the Scottish FA in respect of the Recommendations in this Report.”
Celtic striker, Albian Ajeti was cleared of his diving charges after an appeal was made by the club following their 4-0 win against Kilmarnock last week.
Dundee United’s biggest news this week was their 1-0 win against Ross County.
Accies announced this week that keeper Ryan Fulton had signed a new two-year deal, keeping him at Accies until at least 2023. The club also celebrated a draw at home against Rangers last weekend.
Hibs was another club impacted by the SFA’s report. Hibs released a statement discussing their views on the matter. The statement said: “We would reiterate the view we have expressed in the past, commending the courage of all of the survivors who have come forward to raise this issue, and we deeply regret any suffering that those survivors have endured.
“The review has investigated these non-recent allegations with a view to ensuring they are not repeated. The recommendations have been and continue to be acted upon, and at Hibernian we have made child safety and wellbeing a priority. We have appointed a dedicated and experienced Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer who has been in post since October 1, 2018.”
The club also announced that one of their youth players, 16-year-old, Ethan Laidlaw had signed his first professional contract with Hibs.
Kilmarnock welcomed their new manager, Tommy Wright this week. He had taken over from Alex Dyer who left the position a few weeks prior.
The club welcomed another newcomer this week in the form of Kyle Lafferty, who has joined the club until the end of the season.
Kilmarnock mourned the loss of their former player Tom Brown, who had recently passed away. He played for Kilmarnock in the 50s and 60s and had a successful career as a member of their reserve side. Tom’s family are in our thoughts.
Livingston manager, David Martindale was awarded the Scottish Premiership’s manager of the month and Scott Robinson, one of Livingston’s key players in recent months had been named as the Scottish Premiership’s player of the month for January.
Motherwell FC was also a club named in the SFA’s report and they released a statement on the matter which said: “We sincerely apologise to anyone personally affected by historic sexual abuse within the Scottish game. We recognise that the impact of abuse on survivors and their families is not historic and continues.
“As noted in the report, Motherwell FC undertook an internal inquiry in 2016 relating to the matters raised, which included hiring additional external help to try and uncover as much information as possible.
“All of the findings were passed to the independent review, as well as Police Scotland, at that time.
“The safety and wellbeing of children and young people, whilst in the care of Motherwell Football Club, was, is and will remain a priority for the board.”
Motherwell’s kit sponsor for this season Paycare is hosting a series of free online clinics surrounding ways to help formulate an appropriate life and technology balance in order to improve your well-being. If you’re interested in taking part in one of the sessions details can be found on Motherwell FC’s website.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has continued to hit out at the SFA following a continuous string of referee decisions being made after matches had finished. He calls for transparency and consistency from referees and the higher ups as both Rangers and Celtic have been falling victim to after-match decisions leading to match bans for some of their key players.
Rangers announced this week that they have a new partnership with Nord VPN, the cyber security company that will run until the end of the 2021-2022 season.
Players Scott Arfield and Jermain Defoe returned to training this week and could potentially be apart of the team sheet for their game against Kilmarnock.
Ross County’s main news this week came in their 2-0 defeat to Dundee United earlier in the week.
Similarly, to Ross County, St Johnstone’s main news this week was their 2-1 victory against Livingston which ended Livingston’s undefeated run of 14 games.
St Mirren boss, Jim Goodwin has lashed out at the other clubs in the premiership as he calls for diving players to be named and shamed and claims not all the penalties St Mirren have conceded this season were valid and in some cases were “soft”.
Saints keeper, Dean Lyness has signed a new deal with the club meaning he’ll remain at the club until 2023.