The Football Critic

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Football Critic: How Danny Swanson’s selection weakened Hearts

The latest piece from the Football Critic analyses the performance of new signing Danny Swanson in the centre of the Hearts midfeild.

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Teammates Jamie Hamill and Josh Magennis argue during Kilmarnock's 4-1 victory over Partick Thistle

The Football Critic: Josh Magennis

Back again, our resident critic has shaken off early season rustiness and is ready once more to give some individual player insight. Josh Magennis Partick Thistle v Kilmarnock Lone striker 25-years-old *** After his goal versus Celtic, I could no longer pass over Josh Magennis without closer inspection. Over the past five years, he has evolved from […]

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The Football Critic: Jason Holt

HE’S BACK! Our resident critic has shaken off the summer cobwebs and is ready once more to give some individual player insight. Jason Holt Rangers v St Mirren Centre midfield 22-years-old **** Respected by other teams, players and the media, and yet stayed a free agent for most of this summer. Plays the number 10 position, always […]

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Season 2014/15 player ratings: Falkirk

GOALKEEPER Jamie MacDonald – 6 Arrived with a big reputation from Hearts and had big gloves to fill as Michael McGovern’s replacement. These factors resulted in high expectations from the Falkirk support. He can be hesitant when dealing with crosses and a failure to command his area has cost us a few goals throughout the season. […]

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Season 2014/15 player ratings: Rangers

In the pantheon of things that cost a lot of money to assemble and just weren’t worth it, you immediately think of the classics: the Millennium Dome, Heaven’s Gate, the Segway… to that exalted list must be added ‘Rangers first team 2014-15’. Yes, from the people who brought you Fran Sandaza on 5k a week […]

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The Football Critic: Lionel Ainsworth v Hamilton Accies (24.04.15)

I have to admit, picking Lionel Ainsworth felt like a bit of a cheat. These reviews that I do for The Terrace Podcast guys are supposed to look at players the Scottish football community knows very little about. And if they’re not an unfamiliar name then they should be, at the very least, a new […]

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The Football Critic: Derek Riordan v Elgin City (02.05.15)

Derek Riordan 32-years old Striker v Elgin City (02/05/15) Rating: *** Watching Derek Riordan move around Bayview on Saturday must have been how Hibs’ fans in 1980 felt when George Best turned up at Easter Road – yes it’s nice to watch but surely there’s that nagging thought: how did we get here? Playing off main […]

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The Football Critic: Scott Pittman v Raith Rovers (25.04.15)

Scott Pittman 22-years old Central midfielder v Raith Rovers (25/04/15) Rating: **** There were some expectations at Stark’s Park on Saturday that the match between Raith Rovers and Livingston was an opportunity to say a fond farewell to the West Lothian club from the Championship. They’d been teetering on the precipice of relegation for months, […]

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The Football Critic: Farid El Alagui v Falkirk (18.04.15)

Farid El Alagui 30-years old Striker v Falkirk ** Why didn’t I pick Scott Allan? After dishing out my first 5* performance to Rado Cierzniak I could have been on a roll after some of the dross I’ve witnessed this season. I didn’t even need to be keeping a close eye on the midfielder to […]

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The Football Critic: Radoslaw Cierzniak v Hamilton Accies (11.04.15)

Radoslaw Cierzniak 31-years old Goalkeeper v Hamilton Accies ***** I’m a cynical man by nature. You’ve probably noticed. It’s what two ex-wives and a lifetime of poor choices crammed into 30-odd years will do to you. Sometimes (ok, often) this cynicism comes out in my work. It’s just so easy most of the time, especially […]

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