Dom Gall: Celtic, Rangers and overexcited Livingston ground staff

Another weekend - another trip down the rabbit hole of Scottish football.

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It’s been another jam-packed week of action in Scotland as cup games, European games and the usual weekend games gave us a full schedule to inject into our veins. This week we’ve got childish assistant managers, dirty jokes, Rangers trying to avoid dirty jokes, Scott Brown & Neil Lennon looking sad and an almighty pumping.

Nothing demonstrates just how mental Scottish football is quite like this tweet from Ayr United on Saturday:

The home side just casually mentioning in the middle of a standard attendance tweet that there’s a massive Pokemon in the away end as if it’s perfectly normal. Nothing to see here.

Up in the Premiership, Livingston beat Celtic 2-0 on Sunday afternoon and, with the team knowing a Rangers win at home to Hamilton would put the ‘Gers top, Captain Scott Brown and Manager Neil Lennon didn’t look too pleased:

It’s hard to tell which one of the two was the angriest man in the stadium, although thankfully it’s much easier to tell who the happiest man in the stadium was as one of Livingston’s ground staff got a little bit too excited after the game:

The Lions weren’t the only ones celebrating, as over at Ibrox a routine 5-0 win over Hamilton saw Gerrard’s side climb above their rivals to the top of the table. The win suggests a title race is well and truly on the cards, and it also allowed the return of another classic Still Game reaction.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for Rangers this week however as a late goal saw them lose 2-1 to Young Boys. Now, let me be perfectly clear, I am 100% convinced those in charge of the Swiss side did this on purpose, but calling a team Young Boys and playing at a stadium called Wankdorf is just crying out for patter. Rangers tried their best to avoid it, but the dirty-minded Scots still had a field day with this one:

Never mind, at least they didn’t say pumped…
Talking of pumped however and we move down the divisions for this week’s non-league nonsense. Tweedmouth Rangers have often been the whipping boys of the East of Scotland, however this one has got to hurt even by their standards:

With four players scoring a hat-trick, I hope Tynecastle have plenty of balls.
Over at Bo’ness, the home side’s Assistant Manager decided to deploy the “If I can’t see you, you can’t see me” approach and hide as the ref ran over to give him his marching orders. Sadly for him he isn’t actually a four-year-old, so the ref didn’t let him win:

The folks at Paddy Power have long wished for a 7-7 draw and it looked for a while as though Caledonia Brave and Dalbeattie Star had finally given us all the dream before they both selfishly stopped at five. Still, a fine effort and one to be applauded:

Unfortunately, we’ve all got to stop this weekend and wait for the Scotland national team to embarrass themselves a bit more before the usual SPFL action returns a week later, so sit back, relax and enjoy an inevitable San Marino win.

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