Welcome to another edition of The Engine Room with Adam Miller from the Old Firm Facts podcast.
As always, we've got the latest Footsie Index revealing the best and the worst in Scottish football this week – including why Celtic striker Callum McGregor's recent strike against Aberdeen will live long in the memory.
Plus we get behind the wheel with St Mirren star Jamie McGrath to chat all things motors. Buying a car? Don’t just nail it, cinch it cinch.co.uk
Now let's kick off the Footsie Index…
While former Celtic captain Scott Brown went off injured during his return to Celtic Park, current Hoops skipper Callum McGregor enjoyed rather better luck.
The midfielder has contributed some memorable strikes in 2021, including his drilled shot for Scotland against Croatia and a pinpoint volley against FC Midtjylland.
When he eventually hangs up his boots, however, one goal will stand out for its unrivalled beauty.
I’m referring, of course, to the one he scored against Aberdeen last weekend, when the ball trundled into the net after Jonny Hayes accidentally thumped it off McGregor’s backside.
The West of Scotland Football League Premier Division is our national game’s sixth tier, and last weekend its leaders Auchinleck Talbot pulled off a stunning win over Championship side Hamilton Accies in the third round of the Scottish Cup.
Meanwhile, Clydebank who sit two places behind Talbot, humbled League One’s Clyde.
It wasn’t all bad for Clyde. Sky Sports reported the result as “Clyde 2-0 Clyde”. Clyde will be delighted with that – but Clyde will be disappointed.
That classy McGregor strike against Aberdeen on Scott Brown’s return to Celtic Park saw Ange Postecoglou’s men extend their unbeaten Premiership run to eight with a 2-1 win.
A strong start to the week on the pitch continued off it for Celtic’s supporters, with a long-awaited event taking place next to the SEC resulting in answers to questions they’ve been asking for so long, not to mention endless tweets.
And, the day before Rangers’ AGM, Celtic legends appeared onstage at the Hydro.
Another entry for Hamilton Accies, who have endured a week so bleak even Pharrell Williams would struggle to be optimistic about it.
Three days after their Scottish Cup shame, an 86th-minute goal put them 2-1 up in the SPFL Trust Trophy against Kilmarnock.
I know what you’re thinking: “They probably ended up losing two goals in the last four minutes.”
Well, no, actually.
They lost one goal in the last four minutes and another five minutes into injury time.
We get behind the wheel with St Mirren midfielder Jamie McGrath
Q: What was your first car? What do you most remember about it?
Little black Volkswagen Polo – greatest car I’ve ever had. Few scrapes and scratches on it, but it was amazing.
Q: What do you drive now?
Audi A4, not a patch on the polo.
Q: What’s been your best ever driving experience? Who was there? Where were you?
I used to love driving around, car full of my pals, going for food with the tunes hopping.
Q: Who would be your dream passenger? Arianna Grande – get the carpool karaoke going!
Q: If you were a car which car would you be? Volkswagen Polo
Scottish football glossary: ‘Doughballs’
Livingston’s pitch is a frequent Scottish football talking point. Every few months, Celtic drop points at the “Spaghettihad” and rue the artificial surface.
When Rangers headed to West Lothian on Sunday, it once again made headlines.
The second half was eight minutes late in restarting after numerous snowballs were thrown onto the pitch from the stand behind Livi keeper Max Stryjek’s goal.
With the game being broadcast live on TV, we were treated to such unusual sights as an impromptu pitchside workout for the home side, and a solitary groundsman attempting to dispose of the snowballs with a shovel.
Some managers would have been content to just shake their head and mutter under their breath, but not Livi’s David Martindale.
Speaking after the match, he said: “We shouldn’t be standing here talking about the doughballs with the snowballs.
“It’s on national telly… Come on, screw the nut a wee bit.”
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