In a week soured by sectarian bile and refereeing rows, I was glad to contemplate Scottish football in a more innocent vein.
Grass or plastic was the vexed question which raised its head once again in football this week.
Last Saturday’s first half performance by Dundee United was the finest by the Tangerines in a long while.
The boards at Dens and Tannadice have backed their managers to the hilt in this transfer window.
Dundee United’s new American owner rode into town this week and it’s fair to say he brought a feeling of optimism with him.
Dundee FC fans are concerned that the current majority shareholders FPS want to take their stake in the club to 75%, which some nervous supporters fear may see the owners take steps to ground share with United or, heaven forbid, even merge with them at some future stage.
Never was there a more crucial January month in Tannadice Street.
Football fans in this area will be nervously wondering what 2019 might bring for their teams.
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Dundee United fans will have to trust that new owner Mark Ogren can lead them to the promised land.
I’ll be at St Mirren against Aberdeen today, but I’ll be keeping a keen ear out for the local teams in a period which could make or break their hopes.