The domestic football season is underway again with the Betfred cup.
Dundee United have thrown down the gauntlet to neighbours Dundee, and the rest of the Championship contenders, with the signing of Lawrence Shankland.
Sport is a capricious beast.
The David Turnbull signs for Celtic, no he doesn’t, yes he does, saga, is a lesson in how modern football works when seriously big money is at stake.
In Scotland we have to decide whether we really want to be a serious player in both our men’s and women’s football.
On a trip to Gothenburg with BBC Sport in 2014 with the Scotland women’s team, the then manager Anna Signeul invited me to have breakfast with the coaches on match morning.
I suggested in this column a few weeks ago that James McPake working with an experienced man might be the way forward at Dundee FC.
Tannadice Park rocked with over 11,000 fans for Thursday’s match against St Mirren, proving that the play-offs, no matter how flawed, are hugely popular and also that there is a great latent support for a successful Dundee United side.
Dundee FC are not short of folk keen to be their new boss, but managing director John Nelms is under serious pressure to get the appointment right.
The English Premier League is the best in Europe, and therefore in the world – four clubs in the finals of the two European trophies proves it.