Hearts have wasted no time in lodging their appeal with the SFA in a bid to overturn Callum Paterson’s contentious red card from the weekend.
The Tynecastle outfit had until 3 p.m. on Monday to inform the governing body of their intention to appeal and until the same time today (Tuesday) to lodge the necessary paperwork.
However, so convinced were they of their case against the dismissal dished out by Willie Collum in the 77th minute of their 3-2 defeat to Hamilton Accies on Saturday, it is understood the Jambos got the ball rolling as early as possible.
Officials from the Gorgie outfit were in contact with the SFA yesterday morning to establish that Paterson had been sent-off by Collum for ‘serious foul play’ following his robust challenge on Accies midfielder Darian MacKinnon.
That allowed them complete their dossier and make what they hope will be the first move in trying to have the red card – and the resulting two-match suspension – rescinded.
A disciplinary tribunal will now convene at Hampden on Thursday to hear Hearts’ case.
The Edinburgh club are also, however, bracing themselves for contact from the SFA’s compliance officer Tony McGlennan following comments from head coach Robbie Neilson in the wake of Saturday’s match.
Neilson revealed he had prepared his players for a red card after discovering Collum would be the referee and insisted the game had been ‘ruined by a decision that is not a sending-off’.
McGlennan is understood to be reviewing Neilson’s comments and those of Inverness Caley Thistle manager John Hughes regarding his side’s referee at the weekend, Andrew Dallas.
Neilson found himself in trouble with the SFA during the close-season when he was censured for ‘misconduct by using offensive, insulting and abusive language’ during the 2-2 draw with Rangers on May 2.
Nationalist MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh tweeted a photo of herself sitting in the helicopter which bears the name of Police Scotland in Gaelic.
The smiling SNP politician wrote: “Huge thanks to @PolScotPSYV & @policescotland for the opportunity to sit in a Poileas Alba helicopter!”
But the Gaelic rebranding has resulted in criticism of the force, which is already reeling from the a series of scandals culminating in the decision of Chief Constable Sir Stephen House to leave his post early. Sir Stephen will get a £500,000 pay-off and £100,000-a-year from his £2m pension pot.
Twitter user ChrystalTipps ?wrote: “Police Scotland’s in a mess, but never mind, we’ve got Gaelic signage on a helicopter, in Alloa.”
Dr Cromarty wrote: “At least the 1% of Scots criminals who speak Gaelic will be worried when the cops are after them.”
Referring to the tragic case of M9 crash victims Lamara Bell and John Yuill, , Ron Kane ?added: “What’s Gaelic for “My daughter & her boyfriend have been missing for 3 days? #SNP #priorities ”
And Disillusioned wrote: “500k payoffs, chopper rebranding, meanwhile 999 calls go unanswered. #shameful.”
Other commenters were quick to comment on Sheikh’s pose, with one writing: “”C’mon you 56….glamour selfie time..#couldnaemakeitup.”
Whilst Zhang Q.C cheekily added: “What d’ya think of big choppers , in general ?”
And referring to last week’s Gaelic gaffe, when the Isle of Bute was accidentally given a rude new name after an accent was left off a Gaelic word on its sign, “Maxie” wrote: “Do you fly to Penis Island?
Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Money is tight and every penny has to go towards crucial frontline policing.
“Spending taxpayers’ money on a vanity project paint job is exactly the sort of waste we need to cut out.”
The force is still reeling from a series of scandals including the death of tragic mum Lamara Bell, who lay in a wrecked car for three days beside her dead boyfriend John Yuill after a 999 call was not followed up on.
Police Scotland have also been rocked by controversies over policy on the open carrying of firearms and stop-and-search.
And the force is also being investigated over the death of Fife man Sheku Bayoh, who died in police custody.
Ms Ahmed-Sheikh was elected as MP for Ochil and south Perthshire in May. She is currently the SNP’s Group Spokesperson on Trade & Investment and Deputy Shadow Leader of the House of Commons.
Ch Superintendent Elaine Ferguson, Operational Support Division, said: “The branding and wording applied to the aircraft was carried out on the instruction of Police Scotland, as part of the service contract.
“The cost of this work was included in the leasing agreement and as such incurred no extra cost. As the force helicopter can be tasked to incidents anywhere in the country, it features dual language branding.”]]>
The famed Scots actor snapped a selfie at Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous “Falling Water” house on Sunday night.
He posted a pic of the visit on Twitter and Instagram – featuring his face nearly eclipsing the world-famous architectural landmark in the background.
His caption read: “I visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater today. So beautiful.”
The house – often voted America’s most iconic work of architecture – lies deep in the Pennsylvania wilderness, over 2,500 miles from McGregor’s LA home.
McGregor is known to be a fan of architecture and design – having narrated an Open University short film series on the subject.
But members of his 832,000-strong Twitter following were torn over whether McGregor or the house was the greater beauty.
One user, Ghazala Khan, said: “Oh my god, your face! I’m sure the background is great too but I only see you!”
Another gushed “You get better with age!” – probably in reference to 44 year-old McGregor rather the 76-year-old house.
But another more high-minded Twitter commenter shared McGregor’s own view of the house, saying: “That is the building that made me fall in love with architecture. Love it.”
McGregor – made famous by the iconic Scottish film Trainspotting – has just finished promoting his new film “Last Days in the Desert” in which he plays both Jesus and Satan.
He is now rumoured to be scouting locations and actors for a new film adaptation of the novel “American Pastoral” – which will be his directorial debut.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water was named as the “Best all-time work of American architecture” by the American Institute of Architects in 2001 and 2007.
The famous house – built between 1936-1939 – sits over a waterfall in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, and is often praised for its innovative use of open space and Japanese design.
The building – renovated at a cost of $11.5m in 2001 – was originally built as a weekend home for a wealthy local family, but is now open as a museum to the public.
Wright – who died in 1959 – is known as one of America’s most famous architects and designed over 532 buildings, including university campuses and synagogues.]]>
John Lloyd, who co-wrote and produced Blackadder, as well as working on Spitting Image, Not The Nine O’Clock News, and QI, was in Edinburgh for the festival.
History teacher Katie Hunter “stalked” Lloyd after his sell-out show, while he was signing autographs, and persuaded him to help teach her S3 youngsters about the Great War in a more creative way.
And unlike Baldrick’s numerous, failed “cunning plans” in the fictional trenches, Katie’s actually worked.
Lloyd duly turned up at St Thomas of Aquin’s in the centre of the city on Wednesday to talk about the difficulties of commemorating the war.
Katie, 34, said Lloyd talked about how people were “concerned “ about them tackling the subject when they first made the decision to produce the series.
Lloyd told the class: “When they decided to do Blackadder Goes Forth, their relatives who were in the war were worried it would be done distastefully.”
Lloyd also discussed the unforgettable final scene of the fourth series – in which Blackadder and Baldrick charge in slow motion to their likely deaths.
Lloyd said that the last scene had been widely considered to be a “shambles” when they watched back the footage, but after slowing it down and adding the iconic poppies it had become one of the most famous pieces of TV history.
Kirstie Cronin, 14, said: “John was such a down to earth and genuinely nice guy.
“I took a selfie with him and got an autograph on my essay. The best bit was, he spelt my name right without asking! That’s a first!”
Another pupil, Rose Inglis, 13, said: “ When a friend and I greeted John Lloyd at the door I could immediately tell why he is called a creative legend.
“He was very kind and funny and you immediately felt comfortable talking to him.
“I thought that it was fascinating how a show that is perceived by some as insensitive is actually an intellectual and light hearted remembrance of a historic event.”]]>
Hibs midfielder Liam Henderson admits he was inspired by Scott Brown as a youngster watching on from the Easter Road stands.
Ten years on, the on loan Celtic playmaker is hoping he can leave a lasting impression on the club’s supporters by helping Alan Stubbs’ side get back to the Premiership.
Henderson used to attend matches with his granddad as a kid when the likes of current Hoops skipper Brown, Kevin Thomson, Steven Whittaker and Steven Fletcher were part of the club’s so-called golden-generation’.
The 19-year-old is now a team-mate of Brown but admits he was a big fan of the midfielder growing up.
Henderson, who hails from Broxburn, said: “My grandad is a Hibs fan and I came to a few games when I was younger so I knew what the club was all about.
“I would go to the bigger games, the ones against Hearts, Celtic and Rangers
“It was good because at the time Hibs played great, entertaining football so it was good to watch.
“Scott Brown and Kevin Thomson were the ones I enjoyed watching most because they play in a similar position to me.
“It was strange to then play with Broony because I have always looked up to him and admired him.”
Henderson had no hesitation in agreeing to the Hibs switch and admits Brown also gave his seal of approval.
The playmaker, who is set to line-up against Raith Rovers this afternoon, said: “I spoke to him before I came here and he told me it’s a great club and the way they want to play football will suit me.
“I was all for coming anyway but him telling me that made me want to come here even more.
“He’s been brilliant for me so far. He’s the type of guy who when he speaks you listen.
“He has given me a lot of help in training and also playing matches.”
Henderson made nine appearances during a three-month loan stint at Rosenborg at the tail end of last season and could end up getting his hands on two league winner’s medals this season with the Norwegians clear at the top of their top-flight domestic league.
He added: “I am in line for a medal if Rosenborg can win the league and thy are well clear at the moment.
“So if Hibs were to win the Championship that would be two medals in the one season which wouldn’t be bad.
“First and foremost the aim for Hibs is to get promoted, that’s what the boys want to do.
“Hopefully we can get that done.
“I missed out on a medal at Celtic last season by one appearance, but that was the chance I took and all going well there will be many league titles I can win in the future.”
Celtic rejected Hibs’ approach to take Henderson on loan in January before farming the player out to Hoops manager Ronny Deila’s homeland.
But Henderson reckons his brief stint in a foreign country could be the making of him.
He added: “I think it is going to be great for my future development.
“I lived by myself, I experienced a different culture, a different environment.
“But what I learned most over there was how much I have grown up in a short space of time.
“If I hadn’t gone there I feel like I might still be at the little boy stage.
“But I feel like I matured a lot during those three months, and learned so much in a short space of time that I wouldn’t have got if I had stayed back here.
“It was hard because I missed my family and my friends but it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“I was all for going out there and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
“It adds a few strings to your bow when you experience a different kind of football and play for a foreign coach.
“The football side did develop me, I think my game knowledge developed a lot.
“But I think it was more just the realisation of what I have back here, I want to make it here.”
Joachim Low has backed Germany to survive a “hostile” Hampden after naming his squad for their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Low was full of praise for the progress made by Scotland under manager Gordon Strachan, insisting the old reliance on strength and route one football is a thing of the past.
Germany claimed a narrow 2-1 win over Strachan’s side in Dortmund in September, with the visitors unlucky not to emerge with a point following Ikechi Anya’s memorable equaliser.
However, one thing that hasn’t changed is the power of the Hampden roar – and the World champions have been told to be wary of an electric atmosphere at the national stadium on September 7.
Germany, who currently sit in second spot in Group D, one point behind Poland and two ahead of Scotland, host Poland three days before their trip to Glasgow.
Low lauded: “Scotland have long moved on from relying on their physicality. They play very good football, and always look to play their way out of trouble.
“Furthermore, they have kept their traditional strengths. They work very hard, have high levels of motivation, and always demand a good performance.
“In terms of volume, we are expecting a hostile atmosphere in Glasgow, as the Scottish fans will passionately support their team right up to the final whistle.
“Qualification is in our hands and so is winning the group. But our goal can only be to win these two games, and I’m assuming that we’ll do that. We want to – and will – pick it up a notch. We are ready.”
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has been handed his maiden international call-up, while captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has been selected for the first time since joining Manchester United in the summer.
Low told dfb.de: “Emre has developed well at Liverpool and he is versatile. We like his presence and dynamism. Now we just want to get to know him better over the next few days.”
Germany: Neuer (Bayern Munich), Ter Stegen (Barcelona), Zieler (Hannover), Boateng (Bayern Munich), Can (Liverpool), Ginter and Hummels (both Borussia Dortmund), Hector (Köln), Mustafi (Valencia), Rudy (Hoffenheim), Bellarabi and Kramer (both Bayer Leverkusen), Gundogan and Reus (both Borussia Dortmund), Kroos (Real Madrid), Muller (Bayern Munich), Ozil (Arsenal), Podolski (Galatasaray), Schurrle (Wolfsburg), Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Gotze (Bayern Munich), Kruse (Wolfsburg), Volland (Hoffenheim)]]>
Neil Alexander has told Juwon Oshaniwa that his title talk is premature, insisting: ‘We haven’t even played Celtic yet!’
The confident 24-year-old has wasted no time in hitting the headlines following his arrival on these shores, with the man who marked Lionel Messi at last summer’s World Cup embarking on his latest seemingly impossible challenge with relish.
After Hearts’ fine 3-0 win over Partick Thistle last week made it five league wins on the bounce, the 24-year-old declared there was no reason Robbie Neilson’s side could not beat Celtic to the championship.
And while Alexander loves Oshaniwa’s enthusiasm, he was quick to pour cold water on the idea of claiming a first top-flight title since 1960.
He laughed: “I must say I love Juwon’s enthusiasm but, well, just calm down.
“He’s come here, we’re winning, the fans are enjoying it and everyone is really hyped up. It’s understandable.
“But there are times you need to pull him aside and say: ‘Look, there is still a long way to go.
“Juwon has not played in Scottish football before, and we’ve not played Celtic, Dundee United, Aberdeen or Inverness yet,” continued the 37-year-old, who is combining his playing duties with a coaching role this term.
“A few of the boys have mentioned that in the dressing room and the manager has said it as well.
“We all know what Scottish football is like, we know what’s ahead of us. It’s going to be a tough, long winter, the pitches won’t be great and neither will the weather.
“So we’ll see how we go after that. He can get carried away at the end of the season as much as he wants if we finish strongly and we have done well!”]]>
Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson could be forgiven for cursing the timing of the international break as the Jambos look to cement their place at the summit of the Premiership with a sixth win from six matches.
However, the Tynecastle boss insists he is ready to welcome the hiatus with open arms.
Neilson admits the capital club’s sensational start to the campaign has taken its toll on his players and, while Scotland battle it out with Germany and Georgia, his stars will be given time off to rest and recuperate.
Miguel Pallardo and Blazej Augustyn, two vital senior players in the Hearts ranks, are also expected to return to full fitness during the pause in domestic action.
However, Neilson is determined to ensure the enter the international week with their 100 per cent league record in tact by defeating Hamilton this afternoon.
“It’s a huge motivation to go into the international break with a 100 per cent record,” said Neilson. “It’s always just about winning every game, today is no different: we want to go to Hamilton, play well and come away with three points.
“And by the time the break is over we should have Miguel Pallardo and Blazej Augustyn back in. I think there are a few of the boys that could do with a rest. It has been a tough month and it will be good to get a wee break.
“They will get a couple of days off after the game on Saturday then a couple of days off next weekend, then it’s about gearing up for Inverness on the Friday night.”
Despite their status as firm favourites against Accies, Neilson is taking nothing for granted after insisting that, in terms of his side’s mentality, this is a tougher fixture than Celtic or Aberdeen.
“It was the same last season. If you want to do well in the league you have to win the games against the so-called underdogs,” continued Neilson.
“It’s important we go there, work hard and get the result. These are are always the hard games – the easy ones are Pittodrie or Parkhead, which take care of themselves because of the atmosphere.”
Neilson, meanwhile, confirmed that out-of-favour midfielder Kenny Anderson is free to leave the club, while they have dropped their interest in Botev Plovdiv starlet Milen Gamakov after head of recruitment John Murray returned from a trip to Bulgaria last weekend unimpressed.
There could, however, still be further additions to the Jambos ranks before the transfer window closes next Monday.
“There are always players being suggested to us and, if it’s someone I think will add value, then we’ll do it.
“Kenny Anderson has found it difficult to get game time. We have a strong group, with boys in that position. It’s a decision Kenny has to make if he wants to play football.
“John Murray was over in Bulgaria watching a player [Milen Gamakov] but wasn’t impressed. It would be a very important signing, a midfielder who needs to be better than what we’ve got and he wasn’t quite what we were looking for.
“But there are always players being put to us and, if it’s someone I think will add value, then we’ll do it.”]]>
The footage shows the cyclist and a white van driver in a heated argument as they travel on what appears to be Crow Road in the Jordanhill area of Glasgow.
The 2m 50 second video, filmed by the cyclist, has had over 20,000 shares since it was posted on Youtube on Tuesday by Magnatom.
It appears that the van driver overtakes the cyclist before trying to move back to the lane in front of him.
The camera leans towards the driver’s windows as the cyclist is heard shouting: “ No! Are you serious?
“You were overtaking me to get in front of me. Did you really think you were going to get in front of me?
“Goodbye. Jesus, what an idiot!
He cycles off but the van pulls alongside him and someone can be heard shouting back: “Don’t be a f****** p****.
The cyclist then captures the moment the white van collides with the back of a stationary or slow-moving car in front. A loud crash can be heard and someone shouting: “Oh for f*** sake”.
The cyclist continues to film, telling the driver of the car in front: “Mate, I’ve got it on camera, so I’ll be a witness.”
The video then cuts to the two vehicles pulled over at the roadside, with the cyclist still there filming.
As the driver of the black car gets out, the cyclist says to him: “Mate, he was actually busy shouting profanities at me at the time so he wasn’t paying attention.”
As the driver, a young man in a blue shirt and tie, inspects his car, the driver of the white van also gets out and tells the cyclist: “Jog on. You’re weaving in and out of the traffic out there causing all sorts of problems.”
The cyclist replies: “You were shouting abuse at me and went into the back of somebody.”
David Brennan, 42, has come forward as the cyclist who recorded the video.
The clinical scientist, who works at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, regularly cycles 12 miles to and from work, but says he had “never seen this before”.
“It was just one of those things – a bit of karma really,” he said.
“The driver cut in front of me so I shouted at him before cycling off.
“He followed me, clearly wanting to speak to me. I could hear him shouting something like ‘You f****** prick” as he came up behind me.]]>
Barely five months after admitting the first patients, cash-strapped NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde faces a bill that could run into thousands to adapt doors for wheelchair users.
Outraged patients have complained that the futuristic building that includes a cinema and button-less lifts but some disabled people find it “impossible” to get through the doors unaided.
Campaigners are “shocked” that the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, one of the largest acute hospitals in the UK, does not cater for those with mobility issues.
While the Scottish Conservatives said the health bosses need to treat the issue as a “matter of urgency”.
An assessment carried out by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, released under Freedom of Information legislation, reveals access problems throughout the hospital.
Doors on wards, in the lift core, clinics and outpatients areas open manually towards the user meaning anyone in a chair has to wheel through backwards with one hand while holding it open.
Even doors on disabled toilets are proving difficult for people in wheelchairs and mobility scooters to negotiate.
Health chiefs say they are investigating the issue but do not have a timescale for when it will be fixed or an estimate for how much it will cost.
Proposals to hold doors open with magnets that are connected to the fire system are likely to be costly to implement.
The assessment states: “Doors open manually towards the user and they would be required to hold the door and reverse their wheelchair/scooter with one hand, whilst opening the door and manoeuvring their equipment through the door whilst holding the door opens.”
In the ‘other observations’ section it states: “It should also be noted, that outwith the areas detailed above, the disabled toilets provided within the main atrium all have difficulties associated with wheelchair users opening doors towards them.
“This is repeated in the disabled toilets within the ward waiting areas toilets.”
In a complaint to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde one angry patient wrote: “I can’t believe you don’t have automatic doors for wheelchair users.
“Access to lifts for people in wheelchairs is difficult, having to rely on others to hold access doors open.”
Another complainant said: “I’m am a wheelchair user and I found it impossible to navigate independently from outpatients to dept. [redacted]. In fact it’s impossible to access most areas as there is no disabled pad to open doors.”
Bill Scott, Director of Policy at Inclusion Scotland, said: “They really should take this seriously and address it.
“They have a public sector duty to make reasonable adjustments to meet the need of people going to the hospital.”
He added: “People get caught-up in the look rather than what is important, which is the functionality.”
Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont said: “Patients using wheelchairs and mobility scooters not being able to access doors at Glasgow’s newest hospital is a major blip.
“NHS Glasgow has had more than enough time to sort out any snagging problems and they should be looking into these patient concerns as a matter of urgency.”
And Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “It takes a remarkable amount of bungling to build a hospital of all things without considering whether it was fit for purpose for disabled people.
“While it’s particularly galling that even the disabled toilets aren’t up to scratch suggesting a total lack of forward planning, at a time when we’re trying to make savings the required retrofit will no doubt cost taxpayers’ a pretty penny.”
A spokesman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde insisted the building and doors comply with the Disability Discrimination Act.
He said: “However, in view of feedback from a small number of patients we are improving main entrance signage and looking at options to improve access to the two lift halls.
“The weight of some internal doors has been highlighted by a small number of visitors and staff.”]]>