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.
Thanks in part to his ongoing hip problem, Scott Brown's future has been speculation-free this January, but when it comes to pushing himself through the pain barrier and setting a tone for Neil Lennon's dressing room no-one can hold a candle to the contribution of the 27-year-old Celtic skipper.
The Northern Irishman said last night that a testimonial at the club is a realistic goal for the Fifer who has come of age in recent years and more than justified the outlandish £4.4m transfer fee he commanded when he arrived from Hibs in 2007.
The club agreed a payment plan with Braehead Foods over an outstanding bill to avert a winding-up order but the long-term off-field future of the Rugby Park side remains cloudy.
Rather than the League Cup, which currently resides in the trophy cabinet, the row with one of the Park Hotel's main suppliers will set the tone for a potentially stormy annual meeting at the Ayrshire club tomorrow, the latest hand grenade in a running sore between chairman – and solitary director – Michael Johnston, and a section of shareholders and spectators.
You should, because it was only nine months ago. But since April, when the Tynecastle club knocked Celtic out of the William Hill Scottish Cup at the semi-final stage, the fortunes of the two clubs have gone in opposite directions.