Scottish Football Bucket List #13

Monday 15th January 2018

Andy Harrow, Shaughan McGuigan and Craig G Telfer bring you the Scottish Football Bucket List; all the reasons you need to visit the Ladbrokes Championship, League 1 and League 2 during the Premiership winter break.

Darren Smith
A product of Motherwell's youth system, the man from Lanarkshire notched a couple of notable goals for the Steelmen, including one which helped them to Europe in 2008. After making stops in Dingwall and Stenhousemuir, the striker has found a home at Forthbank, and has been banging them in. With 17 league goals so far this season, he doesn't look like he'll be slowing down either!

Enjoying the Eric Tait lounge
One of life's little anomalies, Berwick Rangers (not North Berwick, as mistakes have been made in the past...) are a unique part of Scottish football. Berwick Rangers affiliated to the Scottish Football Association in around 1905, joining the Scottish Border League. As a team from England, the Black and Gold have been based at Shielfield park since 1954 and join a unique group of teams who play in a national league outside their own country. 2012 saw the opening of a new hospitality suite, named after a club legend; the Eric Tait Lounge. Visit the lounge and meet the man himself! 

Successful loan Spells
With Premiership clubs having larger squads, it’s essential for any young player on their books to be given as much game-time as possible to aid their development. There have been countless examples down the years of lower league clubs clubs and their fans benefitting from a talented youngster lighting up their games, and this season is no different. In League Two, Hearts youngster, Callumn Morrison has played a vital role in Stirling Albion’s promotion push, as did fellow Hearts teenager, Harry Paton at Stenhousemuir, while in League One, Celtic loanee, PJ Crossan has helped turn Alloa into playoff contenders. The Championship is no exception, with Queen of the South boosted from St. Johnstone’s duo of Jason Kerr and Chris Kane. With the players also greatly benefitting from the opportunity, the lower leagues seem the ideal arena for potential future big-names of the future to learn their trade.

Scottish Football's Finest Bunnet
Dick Campbell is one of Scottish football's most enduring characters, perch yourself behind the dugout and admire the finest bunnet in Scottish football. Along with his twin brother Ian, Dick has led Forfar and Brechin in Angus, and is now in charge at Gayfield Park with Arbroath. His first full season in charge of the Red Lichties saw them overhaul local rivals Forfar to take the Ladbrokes League 2 title on the final day. Not only surviving, but thriving in League 1, it may not be long before the Campbell brothers challenge for a second promotion. 

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