One of the things that makes Scottish football so enjoyable is our ability to make a mess of pretty much anything. Having said that, Berwick have made a mess of absolutely everything and I’m not enjoying it in the slightest.
In conclusion, cock-ups are funny but only when they don’t involve you.
Last week in my winners and losers blog I highlighted that Ross County were all but over the line in the race to win the Championship and return to Scotland’s top flight. They sealed the deal in style with a 4-0 win over Queen of the South and were correctly rewarded with their League medals.
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That’s the final whistle. We are League CHAMPIONS!!!! ??⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️??#Staggies
— Ross County FC (@RossCounty) April 26, 2019
Just one small problem. Being Scottish, the SPFL handed out the League Two medals. Does this mean that Peterhead and Clyde are now battling it out for Championship medals and a triple promotion? Or does this mean the eventual League Two winners will have to settle for being presented with hand-drawn certificates from Neil Doncaster?
£20 on the latter please Paddy.
When you win @spfl Championship and you get presented a League 2 winners medal ????? @RossCounty pic.twitter.com/lLLXJNlft7
— SK (@SeanKelly_93) April 26, 2019
Livingston’s Liam Kelly clearly found the tweet funny and replied with a photo of his MotM award from their game v Celtic earlier in the season, which for some reason contained an Aberdeen badge. We moan at Sky Sports all the time for making stupid mistakes like that but at least they have an excuse. We don’t, it’s our bloody league.
Anyone who witnessed Rod Stewart’s Scottish Cup draw a few years ago – widely rumoured to be the greatest cup draw in the history of cup draws – knows fine well how often and badly Scottish football accidentally makes a tit of itself.
Anyone who didn’t see that will have seen our national team, so my point still stands.
Down in the Lowland League, in the grey area between our attempts to still be professionals and the wonderful land of the amateurs, East Stirlingshire found themselves enjoying some Easter sunshine in the carpark as they were locked out of the changing rooms during half-time of Saturday’s game v Civil Service Strollers.
Players locked out dressing room at half time ? standing in carpark. Quality
— East Stirlingshire (@TheShireFC) April 27, 2019
Lastly, and another topic I touched on last week, is the almighty collapse of Championship Falkirk and their highly enjoyable beef with the town of Greenock. I actually have no idea what’s gone wrong at Falkirk, as I always thought they were a decent side and recall them regularly competing in the promotion playoffs, so I recruited some expert help.
My man in the know at the Falkirk Stadium summarised it as: “They recruited a very bad manager who signed very bad players and then they unfairly recruited a very negative manager who plays very negative football with the very bad players”. Make of that what you will.
Anyway, the unfair recruitment of their manager was at the expense of Greenock Morton (hence their beef with the town) and Greenock’s local paper is definitely not over it, as they seem to be enjoying Falkirk’s current situation just a bit too much…
— Greenock Telegraph (@greenocktele) April 27, 2019
To conclude, it’s the last game of the season in the Championship, League One and League Two. That means absolutely anything could happen, so I’ll avoid offering sh*te tips this week and leave you to have a guess for yourself. Thankfully we’ve still got two more weeks of Premiership and all the playoffs to come so plenty more to be discussed before the dreaded football-less summer.Paddy’s got you covered for all your Scottish football bets