McLean’s Dundee United, breaking the mould in Scotland

THE PASSING of Jim McLean will sadden many people in Dundee and right across Scottish football. He was, after all, one of the instigators of the duopoly that was called  “The New Firm” – Aberdeen and Dundee United which broke the Celtic-Rangers stranglehold. For many people, Scottish football had never been more interesting. But it […]

Rangers 1963-64 – a final flourish for the 60s

THE mid-1960s through to the 1970s was Celtic’s time in Scotland, Jock Stein’s side winning almost everything on offer. Before the tide turned in Glasgow, Rangers completed a memorable treble in 1963-64. Ibrox Park regulars would have found it hard to believe if anyone had told them, in 1964, that the Gers would not be […]

Great Reputations: Dunfermline Athletic 1967-69 – heroes from Fife

THEN, AS NOW, Celtic ruled the roost in Scotland, winning everything that came before them at home and, in the 1960s, abroad. Rangers, who had a decent team in the late 1960s were in their shadows and the rest of Scottish football could only look on and admire. Celtic were Scottish Champions with a two-point […]

Great Reputations: Dundee United 1982-83 – enter the “New Firm”

This year’s Scottish FA Cup final is between Dundee United and St.Johnstone. Not a hint of Celtic and Rangers. Just over 30 years ago, Dundee United won their only Scottish Premier title. It was in an era when, for the first time in years, the Glasgow duopoly was seriously challenged by what became known as […]