Roughie’s view: Astroturf is a pain in the grass

Read More

Astroturf is a pain in the grass. I’ve never played on the surface but I watch how the players look on it and I don’t think they run freely or know the bounce of the ball. A lot of the stuff that happens doesn’t look natural to me. Certain players don’ …

Roughie’s view: Haunted by Edinburgh derby record

Read More

It’s never nice to lose Edinburgh derbies. I should know. I lost nine and drew eight without ever winning one! It might be obvious to state given that record but we didn’t have a very good side back then and Hearts were absolutely buzzing. They had the …

Roughie’s View: Stokes can win Hibs the title

Read More

On the whole, I think it will be a fantastic move if Anthony Stokes can produce the form we all know he can. It’s a gamble, but it’s a good one. Everybody knows he’s got the talent but he’s got to screw the head as well. A lot of the publicity he’s bee …

Roughie’s view: Killie’s inconsistency is a recipe for disaster

Read More

This is a crucial time of year. The January transfer window can be so vital we’ve seen the likes of Ross County make great use of the window and get themselves out of trouble in recent seasons. Now it’s the turn of Dundee United who find themselves in …

Roughie’s View: Gordon will bounce back

Read More
Craig Gordon, Celtic

It was a howler. I’m sure Craig Gordon will hold his hands up for it. He put himself in a position where no goalkeeper likes to be: you know that if there’s any contact in the box the striker is going to go down so he couldn’t make the decision whether …

Roughie’s View: One rule for Stokes, another for others

Read More
Anthony Stokes, Celtic

Sunday’s Twitter outburst was just one of many things in a long list that’s been the problem for Anthony Stokes in his Celtic career. The main thing I would point out though is that it’s different to the way Celtic handled the Kris Commons situation wh …

Roughie’s View: League reconstruction

Read More

A 16-team league would be a great idea. I was part of the old school 18-team league format and, from a player’s point of view, I think it takes away the monotony of playing each other four times. The excitement of playing Rangers or Celtic is heightene …

Roughie’s View: How to take Scotland forward

Read More

After the disappointment of Scotland and our clubs in Europe, there has been a lot of discussion about how to take the game forward, but if we want to qualify for tournaments we should be looking at how to bridge the gap from the under 21s to the full …

Hibs getting Rangers at right time, says Rough

Read More

Alan Rough believes there isn’t a better time for his former side Hibernian to play Rangers. The Light Blues have won all 11 league games but they have looked less convincing in recent encounters against Falkirk, St Mirren and Livingston, according to …

Roughie View: Ciftci and Izaguirre feud

Read More

Training bust-ups like Celtic’s on Tuesday aren’t unusual. In fact, it can happen two or three times a season. But as long as there isn’t any ill feeling and it doesn’t drag on then it’s fine. Let’s not kid ourselves, there might be 22 guys at the foot …

Roughie’s View: Refereeing is criminal

Read More

The criticism referees have been given of late in Scottish football has been shocking. I’ve the utmost sympathy for them even the greatest official in the world makes mistakes. It must be difficult to go through 90 minutes and not get something wrong. …

Roughie’s View: Poland are the ones who should be worried

Read More

We all know about the quality of Lewandowski and Poland but it’s time we focused on what we can do. We shouldn’t be worried about them, they should be worried about us. It’s time the Scots showed what we can do by taking the game by the scruff of the n …