I am a football obsessive and general utility man in the Sunday Herald and Herald's sports coverage since 2001. A failed amateur player, my journalism apprenticeship was served at the Press Association, the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail. I am passionate about the role sport has to play in Scottish life. Other interests include tennis, cycling, NFL, cricket, golf, snooker, and sports politics.
The Tottenham Hotspur player, who picked up a knock against Fulham last weekend, did not train yesterday but the Wales backroom team insisted it was merely routine procedure for a player who featured for his club on Sunday to receive an extra day's rest.
Bale scored both as Wales beat Scotland in Cardiff last October and is expected to be the main threat again. "There is no bad news," said Kit Symons, the assistant manager. "We have very strict protocols within our group and, having played on Sunday, Gareth was never going to train."
The 72-year-old, who announced this week that he would move, somewhat reluctantly it seemed, into a non-executive director's role this summer, spent most of what may well be his last competitive visit to Parkhead dreaming of his first SPL victory at this ground as manager, and Aberdeen's first here since 2004.
As the game moved into its last quarter, they were leading 3-1, courtesy of a double from Josh Magennis and a gift from Kelvin Wilson which had allowed Scott Vernon to equalise a Kris Commons opener after 12 seconds.