Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...
Injury hit Arbroath will look to put a turbulent week, that included the sacking of manager Allan Moore, behind them and finally get over the finishing line for a play-off place by defeating visitors Queen’s Park today. Under the former Stirling Albion and Morton boss Arbroath had sprinted out of the League Two starting blocks, however 2015 saw Albion Rovers and the Hampden side overtake the Red Lichties. And as results failed to pick up, he was sacked on Sunday. Moore’s assistant Todd Lumsden has been placed in interim charge as the hunt for a new boss continues. Lumsden said: “Training was a bit subdued as you can imagine however the players and I had a good conversation about moving forward. “We have to move on, it is as simple as that, and this game and the two others that we have left are all about getting into the play-offs. “That is the target that we have to hit now and one win should do it.” The former Albion Rovers boss added: “Queen’s Park are in good form and they also still have an outside chance of winning the league so we will need to play well to get the win that we need.” Lumsden’s resources will be stretched as Jordon Lowdon and Simon Murray look set to miss out due to knocks picked up at Elgin, and they will join the already injured Liam Gordon, Adam Hunter, Ryan McGeever, Jonny Lindsay, Kieran Stewart, Dylan Carreiro and Paul McManus. The stand-in boss said: “We are very short of bodies so I will need to do a bit of juggling but hopefully we can get a performance out of the boys.” Queen’s who trail Albion Rovers by five points need just a draw to be sure of second place. * Arbroath chairman John Christison will sift through the applications for the manager’s job this weekend, and take things on from there next week.
Arbroath may be sitting at the top of the League 2 table with six wins from seven games and have progressed in the Scottish Cup at Montrose’s expense however it is the one game that they lost that was occupying assistant manager Todd Lumsden’s mind this week. Lumsden explained: “We have done very well and no one would have predicted the start that we have made. However it could have actually been better. “When we lost to East Fife last month at Gayfield we never started the game well enough and hopefully that will not be repeated. “East Stirling had a very good win at Albion Rovers and then saw off Whitehill Welfare in the Cup before losing to Queen’s Park last week. “The fact that they went to Coatbridge and then Rosewell and won both times should be warning enough to us. We played well against Montrose in the two cup ties but we need to show a more ruthless side to our game.” Striker Paul McManus, who bagged a hat-trick in last Saturday’s 3-1 success at Links Park, was exempt from that criticism, with Lumsden saying: “Paul did fantastically well for us in that game. All season he has been making chances for people but it was good to see him show that he can still find the net as well/” Lumsden added: “We want to keep on winning games and keeping hold of top spot for as long as possible. If we beat the Shire then we will have done that and it sets us up nicely to end the first quarter on a high at Annan on Tuesday.” Craig Johnstone is a doubt after picking up an ankle knock and Jack Smith remains out long term with on-loan Dundee midfielder Dylan Carreiro not being considered for selection after international duty in Canada.
A police hunt has been launched after a man was shot outside a bar in Perth city centre. Sandy Lumsden suffered a wound to his abdomen and was treated at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, following the incident on the corner of South Methven Street around 1.20am on Sunday. As a result, police patrols will be increased as the force carry out inquiries. It is understood Mr Lumsden believed to be aged in his forties may have been shot by an air rifle and that Police Scotland Tayside Division have contacted Dickens bar to review CCTV footage. The pub was closed at the time of the incident. The Courier contacted Mr Lumsden’s family but they did not wish to comment on the incident. Police spoke to Mr Lumsden following the shooting and he initially declined medical treatment. However, an ambulance was flagged down at the junction of Letham Road and Burghmuir Road, Perth, at around 2.40am. A spokesman for the Scottish Ambulance Service said a man was initially taken to Perth Royal Infirmary but later transferred to Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, where he was treated for puncture wounds to his abdomen.
Sacked Arbroath boss Todd Lumsden has wished his replacement Dick Campbell well and hopes that the experienced boss can ensure that the Red Lichties fall on the right side of fine margins. Lumsden’s 11-month spell in charge of the Gayfield squad ended on Sunday after defeat from Stirling Albion, with the former Albion Rovers man left cursing a number of solitary goal defeats. He said: “That was the fifth 1-0 loss and the eighth time that we had lost by one goal in the league. “It was of course disappointing to leave, but Arbroath are a good club and we parted on good terms. I hope Dick manages to get them on the right side of 1-0 wins between now and the end of the season. “I am not finished with football but will take a couple of months out to help me decide what I want to do next.”
A Tayside Twitter troll has been fined for a vile post mocking Celtic FC superfan Jay Beatty. Gareth Lumsden was charged by police after Jay's family complained about a tweet which taunted the 13-year-old over his attendance at the Sports Personality of the Year awards. Lumsden, from Perthshire, wrote: "Congrats to Jay Beatty on his BBC Spastic of the Year award." The vile comment was followed by the hashtag "special". Jay, who has Down's Syndrome, became an official ambassador for Celtic after a video of him celebrating a goal at the World Cup went viral. The brave youngster, from Lurgan in Northern Ireland, was a guest of honour at the BBC's Sports Personality awards in December 2015. The tweet was posted at the time of the ceremony, but was only reported to police in February 2016. Perth Sheriff Court heard that Lumsden, 23, had posted the comment while at his mother's house in Crieff. Depute fiscal Tina Dickie said: "The post appeared after Jay attended the awards which were held in Belfast. "The Twitter user's account was in the name of @GLumsden93 and this was traced back to the accused. "Mr Beatty found the comment generally offensive and as such reported the matter to police. "The accused was caution and charged." Lumsden, from Stanley, did not appear at court but pleaded guilty by letter. He described the tweet as an "error of judgement influenced by alcohol." Lumsden has offered his apologies to Jay and his family. He admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner which was likely to cause fear or alarm by posting on Twitter an abusive remark regarding disability. The offence is a breach of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act which was introduced in 2010 to tackle — among other things — online abuse. The charge states it will be proved the offence was aggravated by "prejudice related to disability." Sheriff William Wood fined Lumsden £400. He said the penalty would have been £600 if he hadn't issued a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity. Earlier this year, Police Scotland confirmed it was probing a series of hateful comments posted about Jay on a football forum. In January, Jay's mother Aine responded to trolls on Facebook. She wrote: "He is just a little boy who really loves his football team. “To the minority that mock him, you don’t know him. If you did know him you would never dream of mocking him." She added: "“Thank you for all the messages and comments of support. We really appreciate it and together we won’t let the behaviour of others destroy a little bhoy’s dream.” Lumsden's account is still active, although the offensive tweet has been deleted.
A Perthshire councillor has described voters returning her to local politics as a “great honour”. Scottish Conservatives have welcomed the dramatic selection of Kathleen Baird after she won the Almond and Earn council ward seat, which was vacated following the death of Alan Jack in January. Mrs Baird won the seat on Thursday night, amassing 1,651 of stage one of the first preference votes, defeating Wilma Lumsden of the SNP, who came second with 1,327 votes. The result means a return to local politics for Mrs Baird, who previously served as a councillor for 13 years up to 2011 when she lost her Kinross-shire ward seat. She said: “It is a great honour to be elected by the voters in Almond and Earn to represent them on Perth and Kinross Council, and I would like to thank them for putting their trust in me. “I would also like to thank all those who helped with my election campaign in delivering this stunning result for the Conservatives.” The election win was hailed by Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, who said it was a “great result” and claimed it is the latest in a string of by-elections where the Tory vote has “increased significantly.” “We are heading for our best ever Holyrood result in May and this victory over the SNP in Almond and Earn shows just how special an election this could be,” she said. “People across Scotland recognise that we need a strong opposition and the Scottish Conservatives are best placed to provide it.” Liz Smith, Conservative candidate for the Perthshire South and Kinross-shire seat, said: “This is an outstanding result for an outstanding candidate. “Kathleen Baird is not only a highly regarded and popular member of the local community but also someone whose council record in the past demonstrated that she is a dedicated campaigner on the issues which matter most to the electorate.” Both Mrs Baird and Ms Lumsden were well ahead of the other candidates in terms of votes cast. Dave MacKenzie, of Scottish Labour, received 219, with former Scottish Liberal Democrat councillor George Hayton getting 157 votes and Denise Baykal, of Ukip, receiving 77 votes. There was a 39.3% turnout.
Arbroath boss Todd Lumsden is determined not to let his side get talked into a Scottish Cup shock at Dudgeon Park today against Highland League Champions Brora Rangers. The Gayfield manager explained: “It is a tough draw but I am not looking for excuses from anyone. “Yes Brora have a strong squad, yes it is a long way to go and yes it is a long bus journey but we have to put those things to the back of our minds. “We will travel up early and give the players some time to rest and then eat lunch. We cannot let negative thoughts creep in.” Lumsden’s squad head north on the back of reclaiming the bragging rights in Angus after a 3-1 win over Montrose with Lumsden saying: “It was a good win and the performance was at the same high level that other recent ones have been. “I said to the players before the game that I would actually take the result over the performance after what had happened in our first game with Montrose but thankfully we got the right result and a good performance.” Lumsden added: “We have done our due diligence on Brora in terms of gathering as much information on them as we could. However this game will be decided by who turns up on the day. If we turn up in the same manner as we have in our recent games then we should take care of things.” Rangers have given permission for Darren Ramsay to play and on-loan Hamilton defender Craig Watson can also feature, with New Douglas Park striker Andy Ryan set to be involved if he passes a fitness test. Kane Hester and Jamie Reid remain out with ankle injuries. Sergio Alvarez returns, Kieran Stewart is a doubt, while Lumsden is set to add Greg Rutherford as a permanent signing before kick-off.
Arbroath have announced five pre-season games to help their build up to the new season in League 2. Todd Lumsden’s men will meet Dundee United at Gayfield on Tuesday July 7 in a Forfarshire Cup tie before hosting English League 2 side Exeter City on Thursday July 9, with both games kicking off at 7.45pm. Highland League Fraserburgh are the next visitors on Saturday July 11 before the Lichties travel to Meadowbank Stadium on Wednesday July 15 for a game against Edinburgh City. A match against a Rangers XI at Murray Park on Friday July 17 completes the line-up of arranged games. Meanwhile, midfielder Scott McBride, who turned his back on a new deal at Arbroath, has joined League 2 title-winners Albion Rovers.
Audi’s Q2 was one of the first premium compact SUVs on the market. It sits below the Q3, Q5 and the gigantic, seven seat Q7 in Audi’s ever growing range. Although it’s about the same size as the Nissan Juke or Volkswagen T-Roc, its price is comparable with the much larger Nissan X-Trail or Volkswagen Tiguan. Even a basic Q2 will set you back more than £21,000 and top whack is £38,000. Then there’s the options list which is extensive to say the least. My 2.0 automatic diesel Quattro S Line model had a base price of £30,745 but tipped the scales at just over £40,000 once a plethora of additions were totted up. Size isn’t everything, however. In recent years there’s been a trend of buyers wanting a car that’s of premium quality but compact enough to zip around town. It may be a step down in size but the Q2 doesn’t feel any less classy than the rest of Audi’s SUV range. The interior looks great and is user friendly in a way that more mainstream manufacturers have never been able to match. The simple rotary dial and shortcut buttons easily trounce touchscreen systems, making it a cinch to skim through the screen’s menus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eQ5p5Z7-Ek&list=PLUEXizskBf1nbeiD_LqfXXsKooLOsItB0 There’s a surprising amount of internal space too. I took three large adults from Dundee to Stirling and no one complained about feeling cramped. As long as you don’t have a tall passenger behind a tall driver you can easily fit four adults. At 405 litres the boot’s big too – that’s 50 litres more than a Nissan Juke can muster. Buyers can pick from 1.0 and 1.4 litre petrol engines or 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDIs. Most Q2s are front wheel drive but Audi’s Quattro system is standard on the 2.0 diesel, as is a seven-speed S Tronic gear box. On the road there’s a clear difference between this and SUVs by manufacturers like Nissan, Seat and Ford. Ride quality, while firm, is tremendously smooth. Refinement is excellent too, with road and tyre noise kept out of the cabin. It sits lower than the Q3 or Q5 and this improves handling, lending the Q2 an almost go-kart feel. On a trip out to Auchterhouse, with plenty of snow still on the ground, I was appreciative of the four-wheel drive as well. The Q2 is expensive – though there are some good finance deals out there – but you get what you pay for. Few cars this small feel as good as the Q2 does. Price: £30,745 0-62mph: 8.1 seconds Top speed: 131mph Economy: 58.9mpg CO2 emissions: 125g/km