Northern Goal
Big moment for Aberdeen v Dundee, Ross County should target seven, and Billy Mckay too good to refuse at Inverness

Big moment for Aberdeen v Dundee, Ross County should target seven, and Billy Mckay too good to refuse at Inverness

October 14, 2021

It's a big weekend for Stephen Glass' Aberdeen with Sean Wallace giving us his view the Premiership clash with Dundee can either be the catalyst which turns around the Dons' season, or a crippling blow ahead of tough games with Hibs, Hearts and Rangers. Meanwhile, winless Ross County should be targeting seven points against St Mirren, Livingston and Dundee, according to Paul Chalk, who also expects to see Billy Mckay get his Championship starting chance for Inverness this weekend. All that, plus chat about Cove's Ola Adeyemo, Peterhead's potential new boy Grant Savoury, and Elgin's Conor O'Keefe.

Aberdeen must prioritise defensive fix during week off as Dundee clash looks likely to be pivotal

Aberdeen must prioritise defensive fix during week off as Dundee clash looks likely to be pivotal

October 5, 2021

This week on Northern Goal, Aberdeen's slack backline is again the big issue as they're defeated by struggling Celtic. Can Stephen Glass fix his team during the international break and ahead of a must-win clash with rock-bottom Dundee? We also discuss the fine margins keeping Ross County from their first victory, and how Caley Thistle lost their unbeaten record against Hamilton. Plus, a crazy 25-second red card and a still-lethal Rory McAllister sees Cove get a big win over Alloa, but they are still upstaged in League One by five-goal Peterhead.

Will Stephen Glass take Joe Lewis out of the firing line for Aberdeen v Celtic clash?

Will Stephen Glass take Joe Lewis out of the firing line for Aberdeen v Celtic clash?

September 28, 2021

This week the panel discuss what went wrong for Aberdeen in their 3-2 loss at St Mirren as they extended their winless run to eight games. Will Stephen Glass drop Joe Lewis for this weekend's first clash of the season with struggling Celtic? Plus, Sophie Goodwin gives an update on Aberdeen Women's super SWPL1 start, we talk through the positives (and negatives) from Ross County's defeat at Motherwell, determined Inverness' continued Championship run, as well as Cove, Peterhead and Elgin's lower league fortunes.

Lots of shots - so why can’t Aberdeen score? Has David Bates shown he can be the answer to Dons‘ defensive vulnerability?

Lots of shots - so why can’t Aberdeen score? Has David Bates shown he can be the answer to Dons‘ defensive vulnerability?

September 21, 2021

This week, after Aberdeen’s winless run extended to seven games against St Johnstone, we discuss why the goals have dried up for the likes of Christian Ramirez, and just how ex-Red Stevie May managed to get the ball in the Dons' net. Ross County keep feelgood factor going as slightly more favourable fixtures arrive. Could Ashley Maynard-Brewer be their new no.1 goalkeeper? Plus, Inverness happy to stay unbeaten in Championship at Dunfermline, Peterhead’s lack of cutting edge costs them against local rivals Cove, and Elgin need to start catching up in League Two.

A Highland charge to the top of the Championship, Aberdeen’s current malaise and the battle for the north-east between Peterhead and Cove Rangers

A Highland charge to the top of the Championship, Aberdeen’s current malaise and the battle for the north-east between Peterhead and Cove Rangers

September 15, 2021

In this week’s episode, the panel discuss Caley Thistle’s superb start to the season, with five wins from five taking them to the top of the Championship. There’s also Ross County striving to find their best 11, while Aberdeen struggle to find a way out of their six-game winless run. The Dons women, however, are in buoyant mood after picking up their first SWPL1 victory and we turn our attention to Balmoor, where Peterhead and Cove Rangers renew old rivalries.

Aberdeen and Ross County come back from their break – will new signings now be fully intergrated?

Aberdeen and Ross County come back from their break – will new signings now be fully intergrated?

September 8, 2021

This week, with the international break behind us and the Dons set to come back with renewed purpose and ready for three winnable games to close out September, we ask: what is Stephen Glass’ best 11 now? Meanwhile, what does success looks like for Aberdeen Women in SWPL1?

Plus, like Aberdeen, Ross County will be looking to come back from two weeks of training with their huge cohort of new boys fully bedded into the squad.

Of course, our lower league teams kept playing and there’s plenty to reflect on from the SPFL Trust Trophy and talk through ahead of the weekend’s league action, including Inverness making 10 changes and still winning, Cove’s availability issues, Peterhead’s ongoing funk and Elgin’s chance to be the first team to beat Kelty Hearts.

Newcastle United expert Sean Douglass explains how Matty Longstaff has ended up at Aberdeen as summer transfer window slams shut

Newcastle United expert Sean Douglass explains how Matty Longstaff has ended up at Aberdeen as summer transfer window slams shut

August 31, 2021

The international break comes at the right time for Aberdeen to reset after a flurry of signings, the end to their busy Euro campaign and cumbersome showing against Ross County. In the final day of the transfer window, Newcastle United fan and journalist Sean Douglass tells us how Premier League starlet Matty Longstaff has ended up on loan at Aberdeen and what he'll offer. The panel also discuss who could leave Pittodrie today and what is still needed at County. There's also more fawning over Billy Dodds' seemingly unstoppable Inverness in the Championship, and a hat-trick of losses for Cove, Peterhead and Elgin to debrief.

 

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Will Austin Samuels complement Aberdeen’s existing forwards? Plus, injuries mount up ahead of Qarabag return

Will Austin Samuels complement Aberdeen’s existing forwards? Plus, injuries mount up ahead of Qarabag return

August 24, 2021

This week, Paul Third gives his verdict on Hearts 1 Aberdeen 1 – which showed the Dons’ fight and fitness, but also saw yet more injury issues emerge. The woeful pitch for last week's clash in Azerbaijan made it hard to compare Qarabag and Aberdeen, so who will emerge victorious from Thursday's monumental Europa Conference League play-off return leg at Pittodrie? Plus, will loan signing Austin Samuels bring different qualities from existing strikers Christian Ramirez and JET? Elsewhere, Ross County hint at potential with display in defeat to Rangers, and Inverness Caley Thistle on a high in the Championship.

What went wrong for Aberdeen against Raith Rovers ahead of huge Qarabag clash?

What went wrong for Aberdeen against Raith Rovers ahead of huge Qarabag clash?

August 17, 2021

This week, our panel reflect on Aberdeen's 2-1 League Cup loss against Championship Raith Rovers. How did they let first half dominance slip, what does it say about the Dons' squad, and where will confidence levels be sitting going into the Conference League play-off first leg against Qarabag? There are sparkling performances from Cove Rangers and Elgin City to discuss, while we also preview Ross County and Caley Thistle's return to action against Rangers and Ayr United, respectively, this weekend.

Will we see Aberdeen boss Stephen Glass making so many changes again this season?

Will we see Aberdeen boss Stephen Glass making so many changes again this season?

August 10, 2021

This week, we reflect on Aberdeen's wins against Breidablik and then Livingston over the last few days. Dons boss Stephen Glass made six changes for the Premiership clash with Livi - who impressed? And were the changes a sign Europe is the Reds' priority right now? Our panel also discuss Ross County's ongoing defensive problems and the resilience which has led to Inverness' perfect Championship start, as well as a tough weekend for Cove Rangers, Peterhead and Elgin City.

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