As you might imagine, the only news anybody around here cares about is Ross County F.C.’s 2-1 victory over Hibernian F.C. in the final of the Scottish League Cup. If there’s anything I’d like to make clear in the wake of the club winning its first major trophy it’s that, from this point forward, the media needs to stop referring to any (all?) County’s successes as “fairy tales.” I appreciate that those who watch and write about Scottish football understand how impressive County’s tenure in league football has been to date, but it isn’t a fluke, and it’s not being done with smoke and mirrors. This is a club that is both pragmatic and forward thinking from the chairman down to the groundsman and what has happened on the field in recent years is completely legitimate and well-earned.
County confirmed this week that Macron will become the club’s kit suppliers starting next season. While I can’t confirm that this is the reason, there have been numerous quality problems with the Carbrini kits this year. Among other things, the darker colors bleed in the wash, the collars were seen as being too small (or County fans have disproportionally large heads!), and in the cup final it was shown that at least one player’s top had the kit manufacturer’s name embroidered in reverse. Just not good enough. I’ll have some thoughts later in the week on what I’d like to see from the first Macron kits.
In other kit news, we’ve all seen the horrid new Nike away kit (allegedly!), and this week we got to see the new home kit. I don’t hate this new home kit, but I think that’s mostly because the away kit was so tragic. As for the new national team crest? It’s fine. Basically anything was better than the old one.
Back to Ross County for just one second if you don’t mind… First, if they beat St. Johnstone tomorrow they will reach the magic (according to me) number of 42, which will guarantee another season in the Premiership. If they also defeat Caley in the Highland Derby this weekend they will plunge their rivals deep into the relegation battle. It will also bring them to 45 points with three matches to go until “the split,” and that should be enough to guarantee a top six finish.
The New England Revolution battled to another draw this weekend and all I could think about was what I’ve been saying constantly since the end of last season- they are one top-level player away from being a great team. One player who could have turned the two draws into two wins…
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has named a number of newcomers to his squad for friendly matches against Denmark and the Czech Republic. I don’t know if any of the players (Jamie Murphy, John McGinn, Kieran Tierney, Liam Cooper, Kenny McLean, Oliver Burke, Scott Bain, Kevin McDonald and Tony Watt) are going to provide “the answer,” but it’s good to see that Strachan isn’t satisfied just writing in the names of all of the same old players for friendly matches. Honestly, if Tony Watt could ever get his head on straight he might be part of the answer.
Finally, do yourself a favor, find the clip of Quincy Amarikwa’s goal in the Earthquakes’ 2-1 over Portland last weekend. The word “audacious” comes to mind.