Both Dundee and Dundee United seem ready to run with smaller squads next season. That’s a good thing.
The descent from hero to zero in football can be precipitous.
Title races are marathons not sprints but points in the bag at an early stage can leave the back-markers struggling to close the gap on runaway leaders.
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.
In a week soured by sectarian bile and refereeing rows, I was glad to contemplate Scottish football in a more innocent vein.
Robbie Neilson’s manager of the month award is testimony to the excellent job he’s done at Tannadice.
JIM SPENCE: Arbroath are a part-time success story….but there will be sleepless nights for Brechin committee
I had my first visit of the season to Gayfield last Saturday, at the end of which, Arbroath sat proudly fourth in the Championship table.
The debate over video technology in football was reignited in midweek after a crystal clear Hibs goal against rivals Hearts was disallowed by referee Steven McLean.
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.
JIM SPENCE: Don’t let Kilmarnock’s misery put you off…..Dundee and Dundee United should aim for Europe
With all four Scottish clubs having completed their opening jaunts into this season’s European football I wonder when, if ever, we might see Dundee or United play in that arena again.