The battle facing Dundee and Dundee United as the season approaches maximum intensity might now be more to do with the strength of mind of the players than their physical condition.
How can a club like Livingston be riding so high in the Premiership when the two Dundee clubs with greater resources languish in much lower positions?
Alex McLeish’s fate was sealed by the 3-0 defeat last month in Kazakhstan.
Dundee United have thrown down the gauntlet to neighbours Dundee, and the rest of the Championship contenders, with the signing of Lawrence Shankland.
By tomorrow night England may be in the World Cup semi-final.
Having watched Tayside’s top three teams in the last week my fear factor has grown for two of them - the Dundee pair.
There have been mutterings of disaffection from some St Johnstone fans about manager Tommy Wright after Saints’ dire start to the season.
Stevie May’s on-off transfer to St Johnstone highlights the issue of how vexatious the movement of players can be in football.
Scottish football’s new TV deal with Sky received the kind of welcome reserved for a drunken uncle at a wedding reception.
Form and consistency in football tends to be as elusive as the Scottish wildcat.