Football



Sexual abuse in football: An ongoing global scandal

19th April 2022

Content warning: sexual assault and rape. Across several countries and all levels of the sport, continuous allegations of sexual harassment are being uncovered. Only 45 miles from Celtic Park, a judge in Edinburgh gave the go-ahead for a multi-million-pound lawsuit against Celtic Football Club over deplorable sexual abuse allegations. Lord Arthurson gave permission for 22 ...


Old firm: fun or foul?

31st January 2022

The Old Firm dominates many people’s lives in Glasgow – but is this a good thing? Ah yes, and so it appears in the distance, like a swirling tempest raging on the horizon, once again. One of those crucial points – in fact, perhaps the only crucial point – in the SPFL season. The Hoops ...


The tumultuous game: investigating football club’s relationship with their fans

19th December 2021

Are clubs finally beginning to recognise the detachment from their fans? Perhaps.  The relationship between sports clubs and fans remains an ever-increasing source of conflict in the modern era, as many professional associations and club hierarchies seek to detach their ambitions and targets from the bread-and-butter aspirations of the every-day fan. Nearly all professional sports ...


Football’s racism problem is not on the decline

17th November 2021

Lewis Paterson discusses the persistence of racism in football. It hasn’t felt that long since it last happened, but the old “racism in football” conversation has been forced to make another unwanted appearance. When the Manchester City player Raheem Sterling faced racial abuse live on TV at the hands of Chelsea fans, it again brought ...


New study led by UofG to look into football and dementia

17th November 2021

After a study, last year by the University that found footballers are three and half times more likely to die of dementia a new study in conjunction with the PFA will delve into this relationship. PFA Scotland has given the green light for research to be conducted on former footballers to distinguish the correlation between ...


Moving the goalposts: can football really commit to the climate crisis?

16th November 2021

The climate crisis is hitting football, now it can lead the way by taking the radical steps to create a carbon-neutral world. For a sector of society that is supposedly so adept at harnessing communities, cities and even countries, football often appears strangely weak at empowering action on the issues which matter most. Perhaps, this ...


Chaos and passion at the Rangers’ celebration: One student’s perspective

29th May 2021

Rangers’ first league title in ten years brought thousands of Rangers fans onto the street.  The subway screeched to a halt, and the location signs came into view; the word “Ibrox” stood boldly written in black. I had arrived, although I didn’t need the signs to tell me that. Mask firmly on and hood up, ...


Scott Brown announces departure from Celtic

25th April 2021

Scott Brown has announced that at the end of the season, the Celtic captain will be leaving the club for Aberdeen, after a star studded 14 years. I recall a bitterly chilly April night in Paisley in 2015. As an Englishman there is always a hope that things will start to warm up by April, ...


What the Rangers celebration in George Square really means

25th April 2021

With Rangers fans breaching Covid-19 guidelines to celebrate the end of a taxing nine years, questions must be asked regarding violence associated with Scottish football as fans wreak havoc on the streets of Glasgow. On 7 March, hundreds of Rangers fans encroached upon Glasgow’s historic George Square, where they showed their city pride by destroying ...


Rage, unity and galvanising Power: The European Super League

23rd April 2021

The attempts by Europe’s elite were thwarted by the passion of fans, but what will come from the fallout? The European football world was thrown into turmoil on Sunday evening after plans for a ‘European Super League’ (ESL) were revealed. The league proposed to involve the “big six” of English football – Manchester City, Manchester ...