Dom Gall: Craig Levein’s genius was finally exposed in Scotland last week

It’s been a long time coming.


It’s been a full week of beautiful brilliance in Scotland as the usual weekend of action was supplemented by the midweek League cup fixtures, offering full coverage of our great game.

This week looks at Craig Levein’s brilliance, Aberdeen’s meltdown, Partick Thistle’s unexpected bill and Arniston Rangers getting caught off guard.

The word genius is most definitely overused, however, I feel with Craig Levein it cannot be used enough. He’s played a blinder so far this season, fooling not only the opposition but also the entire Hearts fan base, luring them all in with a shite start to the campaign.

Once the guard was down he pounced, winning the Edinburgh derby and progressing to the cup semi-final all within a week. His one flaw? His tactics have been outed:

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Just ignore the fact Hearts drew 0-0 with St Mirren on Saturday, I guarantee he planned that too. Just you wait and see.

With both Hibs and Hearts fans losing their minds in recent weeks, it’s nice to see a change as Aberdeen take over the reins as the angriest supporters in Scotland. A cup exit to Hearts was followed by a 5-0 pumping at Ibrox, and they’re not taking it well (see here)!

It’s not nice to kick someone while they’re down so to speak, but the image that appears in your brain of a fat old man sitting crying in a bus while writing the below tweet is truly incredible. A proper tantrum here:

Partick Thistle aren’t exactly having the best time of it lately. Having fallen from the Premiership and the glory days of pizza endorsement deals, they’re currently looking like they could end up in League One.

A quick change of managers and they picked up a valuable win against title-challenging Inverness on Saturday. How did the club account celebrate the vital three points? Like this:

Not really what you expect to see but then again, when do you ever expect anything Scottish football throws at you?

Talking of unexpected, and we head down to the East of Scotland league. Tweedmouth Rangers sit bottom of the pile with just one win in nine. They travelled to Arniston Rangers at the weekend, who were clearly expecting an easy win. So, when Tweedmouth scored after two minutes, the admin wasn’t particularly amused:

A refreshingly honest reaction from the club and thankfully for them they turned it around and picked up a 2-1 win.

In Scottish football there are many things that divide supporters, but there are also many things that can bring fans together. It’s lovely to see, especially when it is our love of alcohol that allows us to put our rivalries to one side:

As nice as that is, however, there is one thing that brings us all together more than any bottle of beer or tonic wine could. It’s the fact that, despite everything, this will never be us… long live Scottish Football:

This week’s Scottish football treble begins under the lights at the Indodrill Stadium with Dundee Utd aiming to continue their title charge:

Alloa v Dundee Utd: Dundee United to win – 4/6
Ross County v St Johnstone Ross County to win – 11/10
Clyde v Montrose: Clyde to win – 8/11

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