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Aberdeen’s third-place hopes examined, Ross County robbed, and how on earth are lower leagues and Scottish Cup going to be finished?

Aberdeen’s third-place hopes examined, Ross County robbed, and how on earth are lower leagues and Scottish Cup going to be finished?

March 2, 2021

This week, no more slip-ups is the message if Aberdeen want to beat Hibs to third in the Premiership. There are also mixed opinions on whether Collin Quaner was guilty of simulation in Ross County’s defeat at St Mirren. Meanwhile, we discuss whether Caley Thistle can capitalise on their Championship fixtures backlog. On the subject of fixtures, and following news some of Scotland’s part-time teams will return to action, how are League One, League Two and the Scottish Cup going to be completed given how many games are left to play?

Caley Thistle’s temporary manager hunt, as Ross County show Aberdeen how to beat Celtic

Caley Thistle’s temporary manager hunt, as Ross County show Aberdeen how to beat Celtic

February 23, 2021

This week, there's reaction to the news Caley Thistle boss John Robertson has stepped down from his position for an indefinite period following a family bereavement, with the Inverness board set to secure a temporary replacement for a busy run of Championship matches. We also go over Ross County's Premiership win over Celtic and its effect on their league prospects, as well as asking what Aberdeen can learn ahead of their clash with the Hoops at the weekend.

Aberdeen’s Q&A own goal amid miserable scoring drought, and weather-affected Caley Thistle suffer double-injury hammer blow

Aberdeen’s Q&A own goal amid miserable scoring drought, and weather-affected Caley Thistle suffer double-injury hammer blow

February 16, 2021

This week we discuss Aberdeen's goal drought as they near a club-record run without netting. We delve into the decision by Dons chairman Dave Cormack to announce a fan question and answer session at such a high-pressure moment, before postponing it, much to the Red Army's fury, days later. There's also reaction to the news two of Caley Thistle's attackers, including their most recent signing, have been hit by injury.

How Aberdeen save their season, Ross County should still have hope and reaction after League One and Two restart plan knocked back

How Aberdeen save their season, Ross County should still have hope and reaction after League One and Two restart plan knocked back

February 9, 2021

This week, we debate how Aberdeen get out of their current slump after the board gave its backing to boss Derek McInnes. There's also a hopeful discussion of Ross County's perilous plight down the bottom of the Premiership. Plus, Callum Law takes us through the lower league and Highland League reaction after the SFA announced clubs below the Championship will have to wait even longer to return to action. Could the ruling spell the end of this season's Scottish Cup?

Does Aberdeen’s transfer deadline day action show ambition to take Champions League spot?

Does Aberdeen’s transfer deadline day action show ambition to take Champions League spot?

February 2, 2021

In this week's episode, the panelists react to Aberdeen's blockbuster transfer deadline day, which saw them bring in three strikers. Does this mean they smell at opportunity to overhaul Celtic and exorcise the demons of January inaction in 2016? We also discuss Ross Stewart's prospects at Sunderland after leaving Ross County, and whether Caley Thistle will utilise the loan market to aid their bid for promotion from the Championship.

Will Scott Wright leave Aberdeen this month and, if not, will he play for the Dons again?

Will Scott Wright leave Aberdeen this month and, if not, will he play for the Dons again?

January 26, 2021

This week, there's reaction to Scott Wright's pre-contract agreement at Rangers. We also discuss Aberdeen's improved attacking display against Motherwell, Ross County's 5-0 loss at Ibrox ahead of, not one, but two relegation six-pointers, as well as the bid from League One and League Two clubs to get their season restarted.

Fraserburgh stalwart Willie West on his Broch career

Fraserburgh stalwart Willie West on his Broch career

January 22, 2021

We sit down with Willie West, who has spent 17 years playing for Fraserburgh. Utility man Willie talks us through his time in the youth ranks at Aberdeen, scoring a penalty at Hampden, rediscovering his love of the game under Charlie Duncan at the Broch, the trophies he's won and his desperation to complete his silverware set by winning the Highland League title. 

Derek McInnes’ future as Aberdeen manager

Derek McInnes’ future as Aberdeen manager

January 19, 2021

On this week's episode, we discuss Derek McInnes' future as Aberdeen manager in the wake of the 4-1 defeat to Ross County in Dingwall. There have been banners outside Pittodrie and plenty of anger online - but does Dons chairman Dave Cormack have a decision to make yet? There's also praise of Ross County's attacking approach to their survival fight, plus chat on whether the Championship should be put into cold storage.

Part-time football put on pause, but Championship and Premiership continue… for now

Part-time football put on pause, but Championship and Premiership continue… for now

January 12, 2021

In this episode, we discuss the SFA's decision to suspend action for most part-time clubs in detail: Is it the right call? Did it come too late? Was it necessitated in part by recent Premiership misbehaviour? Should the top-flight and Championship have been put on hold as well? Are Caley Thistle in a position to jump straight into mandatory testing? Despite the delay to the fixtures taking place, there's the Scottish Cup third round draw to get excited about, as well as reflections on Aberdeen v Rangers, Scott Wright's impending Dons departure and Livingston v Ross County.

Aberdeen legend Eric Black on winning a trophy every 19 games for the Dons

Aberdeen legend Eric Black on winning a trophy every 19 games for the Dons

January 11, 2021

In this interview for Northern Goal, Ryan Cryle and Andy Skinner chat with Gothenburg Great Eric Black about his Aberdeen career - including his famous heading ability, a trio of Scottish Cup successes by the age of 20, European Cup Winners' Cup glory and feeling the wrath of Sir Alex Ferguson.

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