Were the SFA right to step in to the war between Hearts and Partick Thistle and the SPFL?
DAVID McCARTHY: Yes. While Hearts are Thistle have a lot of sympathy, they should have gone to the SFA in the first instance to try to solve the dispute rather that launching straight into court action.
SCOTT BURNS : I think by the letter of the law they have to get involved because they are the governing body and both Hearts and Partick Thistle have gone outside football. I do, however, have a lot of sympathy with the way the Jambos, Thistle and Stranraer have been treated.
GARY RALSTON: They’ve been posted missing throughout, no doubt claiming they couldn’t intervene as they could be an appeals body in any dispute and don’t want to potentially prejudice any outcome. But they should really ask serious questions of themselves for allowing Scottish football to collapse into such chaos. Shocking.
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MICHAEL GANNON: It’s a heck of a mess. You’d hope the SFA getting involved would be as peacemakers rather than to fan the flames but it just shows how serious this threat to halt the new season really is. Scottish football needs to come together to work this out, not tear each other apart.
Is Gavin Strachan a surprise choice for Neil Lennon’s new no.3?
DAVID: He’s not what you’d consider an obvious choice but Strachan has a good reputation as a young coach and this could be a good move for both parties.
SCOTT: Yes and no. Gavin is No. 2 at Peterborough and will be coming up to be No. 3 at Celtic, but you also have to remember that Neil Lennon and Gordon Strachan are close so maybe, looking at it, it is not that much of a surprise.
GARY: Well, he certainly comes with a decent reference as far as Parkhead connections go. He’s obviously known and respected by Neil Lennon and has done the hard yards in coaching. If he can relate to players, has a strong voice and get his manager’s message across, what’s the issue?
MICHAEL: It’s a bit of a left field choice but Strachan has gained a reputation as a student of the game down south and knows the scene well from his dad. Knowing him as a player, he was smart, articulate and forward thinking. He’ll be a good fit for Celtic.
Should the SPFL look to pipe in fan noise like the English games when we get back behind closed doors?
DAVID: I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the piped-in fan noise. I wasn’t sure it would work but it has helped the viewing experience. Not as much as Roy Keane’s punditry, right enough!
SCOTT: I don’t think anybody is really bothered, as long as the football is back on our screens. It would probably be better with the fan noise than a good few expletives from the players.
GARY: Tell you what, why not just play recordings of the WhatsApp messages, board meetings and frantic calls between clubs these last three months and the decibel levels would reach Spinal Tap proportions.
MICK: We’d need to be careful it’s not from some of the tapes from past games, otherwise the Points of View mailbag will be bursting at the seams. The fake fan noise is a bit weird but it is strangely better than the sound of silence.
Is Kieran Tierney going to cut it at Arsenal?
DAVID: There’s no doubt Tierney will be a huge success. He’s too good a player not to succeed. The question is whether, he has enough good players around him because Arsenal look all over the place at the moment.
SCOTT: For me, it isn’t a question of Kieran cutting it at Arsenal. He will be a stand-out for the Gunners and I think he will go on to even bigger things.
GARY: If he can stay injury free he’s one of the best of his generation, but that’s now looking a big ‘if’. He has played around 200 games and has only just turned 23. This next season is shaping up as the most significant of his career.
MICK: Tierney has had rotten luck since his move down south, battling back from injury to look brilliant before he got crocked again. He hasn’t been helped by the fact Arsenal have been woeful. Give him time and he’ll be a smash hit in England.