Did Fury beat Wilder? – Boxing Podcast

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It was possibly the biggest fight of the heavyweight this year and the hype certainly didn’t disappoint.

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury put a fight on for the ages but the decision of a draw has angered many in the boxing community.

Most citing that Fury won the fight.

David Ronney sits down with Sam Ainslie and Graham Millar as they look back on the fight of the year.

Celtic edge Aberdeen in Betfred Cup Final – The Talking Points

Celtic celebrate Betfred Cup victory. Photo by Russell Cheyne via Retuers (1)

Celtic celebrate Betfred Cup victory. Photo by Russell Cheyne via Retuers

Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic won their 18th League Cup title over the weekend as they beat Aberdeen 1-0. This is the Glasgow side’s seventh consecutive trophy under Rodgers whose side begin their defensive of Scotland’s domestic silverware.

While the scoreline may not reflect it, there were plenty of talking points as Celtic aim for their third consecutive treble winning season.

Ryan Christie haunts Dons

After a successful season under Derek McInnes side last campaign, Ryan Christie returned to Glasgow with the hunger to compete for first team football.

The 23-year-old had to wait some time for his chance but as soon as it arrived, the Scotland international hasn’t looked back. Christie has been involved in eight goals for club this season (five goals, three assists) and scored the all so decisive goal in Hampden on Sunday.

Speaking after the match, Christie highlighted that ‘it’s so strange’ the position he is in now in comparison to when he initially returned back to Celtic.

He said: “It’s hard to kinda look back and put myself in the mind frame I was at the start of the season. I’m delighted obviously how things have turned out and long may it continue because obviously I’m loving my football at Celtic right now. Even when I signed the contract I said that I wanted to make an impact at this club and wanted to help them bring back silverware so days like today help that.”

 

Aberdeen lack firepower

Despite both sides being fairly even with regards to possession, it was Celtic who dominated in the chances in front of goal. Rodgers’ side relished 17 shots, seven of which were on course to goal in comparison to two of Aberdeen’s seven finding the target.

This has once again set eyes on both McInnes and the board on recruitment with the club failing to replace players like Adam Rooney, James Maddison and Jonny Hayes with those who can fill the void of a clinical finisher. All three of which started the two sides last meeting in a League Cup final in 2016.

This is a problem Aberdeen have got away with in cup competition over the years under McInnes but has caught up with them this season in the league. They’re six points worse off than they were at this point last campaign and currently sit seventh in the SPFL.

The concussion to Gary Mackay-Steven sustained in a clash of heads with Dedryck Boyata certainly didn’t aid Aberdeen’s chances to pull back an equaliser. Thankfully Mackay-Steven has been discharged from hospital and begins his recovery but it must be said that his creativity for the Dons was clearly apparent.

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Celtic edged Aberdeen at Hampden on Sunday. Photo by Jmorrison230582 via Wikipedia

Will Celtic complete a ‘treble treble’?

While we’re not even into the new year and their Old Firm rivals sit top of the Premiership – albeit Celtic have a game in hand – some are beginning to believe Celtic could be on course for a record breaking third treble winning season in a row under Brendan Rodgers.

However, the Hoops manager has no intention of getting carried away with this idea and insisted after the final that the Glasgow side have plenty of work still to do before they can consider this possibility.

He said: “We haven’t even played the second round of games yet in the league. That’s a long way away. This was a very satisfying win this, after the start that we had in the summer we had. The last two months we’ve pulled our idea back round again in terms of our football and the quality of our game. Like I say, these players deserve it today. But like everything they’ve done since I’ve come in, they’ve had to earn it. There’s been nothing presented to them. They’ve had to earn it and they’ve earned it today.”

Dobbie would score anywhere says Naysmith amid Scotland link

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Queen of the South Arena. Copyright credit to Hugh Close.

Queen of the South boss, Gary Naysmith believes ‘on fire’ striker, Stephen Dobbie could do it for Scotland, however, he doesn’t expect Dobbie to receive the call of duty anytime soon.

The 35-year-old has scored 24 goals already this season, more than the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe put together.

With Leigh Griffiths pulling out Alex McLeish’s Scotland side to ‘focus on fitness’, it leaves a vacant space up front for the national side.

While Naysmith was open to allowing the Scottish Championship striker to be included in the match squad for Scotland’s matches against Israel and Portugal, he doesn’t expect a ring from the Scotland boss.

He said: “Well you’ll get the cynical people who’ll say that it’s just the Scottish Championship and it doesn’t really count but to score that amount of goals at any level it takes some doing. And he’s done it consistently at his time at Queen of the South.

“There’s no doubt he’d be available, yes I would be surprised. I think Stephen answered that question himself in the papers at the weekend that he thinks his time has passed.

“He’s quite happy to be playing for Queen of the South. But what I would say is to anybody is Stephen Dobbie will score goals at any level. He’s done it while he was in England, scored in play-off finals. Stephen Dobbie will score goals wherever he plays.”

The Queen of the South manager added that it would be a step up for Dobbie to cope fitness wise, but he believed he could cope with the challenge.

“I do think he could cope with it. Obviously, it’s just speculation, people are putting two and two together and trying to make something happen but it is just speculation.

“It’s a big step up to try go through Scotland Championship to international level but like I said previously, he would score goals at any level he plays at.”

The Doonhamers take on East Fife in the third round of the Irn Bru Challenge Cup this weekend, a side Naysmith managed for three years up until 2016. The League One side have won their last six fixtures and Naysmith was weary of the threat they pose.

“Stephen Dobbie will score goals at any level. He’s done it while he was in England, scored in play-off finals. Stephen Dobbie will score goals wherever he plays.”

He said: “They’re a team that are in form. They never started the season too well, but they’ve picked it up in recent weeks.

“They’re going to be a tough game. They’re a team playing with confidence and any team playing with confidence become harder opponents. They beat Partick Thistle in the last round in the cup, it wasn’t like Partick played a really weakened team. They made one or two changes, but they still had a really strong team out. So, it’s going to be a very difficult game for us.”

East Fife have kept four clean sheets in those six wins but Naysmith was confident that his side have the firepower to break them down.

He said: “I’m always confident we’ll score with the attacking players we’ve got in the team. I think we’ve scored something like 40 odd goals in 15 games this season.

“That’s how we set the team up, to go and try and score and sometimes it goes the other way and you concede a few but we do generally fancy ourselves to score.”

Murrayfield set to host Betfred League Cup Clash – Football Podcast

Murrayfield is set to host Hearts and Celtic in the Scottish League Cup. Photo Credit to Vclaw via Wikipedia

After an initial controversial decision to host both Scottish League Cup semi-finals at Hampden on Sunday 28th October, the SPFL have decided to move the Hearts and Celtic fixture to Scotland’s home of rugby.

However, the decision hasn’t be taken lightly. David Ronney is joined by Paige Beresford, Lauren Archer and John Menzies on the football podcast.

Film review: Venom

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Similar to the character of Deadpool, Venom’s initial debut on the big screen was far from smooth. Both characters were poorly represented in X-men Origins: Wolverine and Spider-Man 3 respectfully.

However, Ryan Reynolds got his shot of redemption as the Marvel hero was awarded a standalone flick which boomed in the box office, subsequently launching a sequel released earlier this year.

Now Venom has his second chance, but the end result is far from perfect.

Tom Hardy plays Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist whose reporting on an unethical science organisation lands himself in hot water when he becomes possessed by a ‘parasite’, granting Hardy the ‘symbiote’ suit and subsequently transforming him into the anti-hero that is Venom.

Right off the bat I want to praise Hardy for his performance. The segments between Brock and Venom are by far where the film finds its most enjoyment. However, you can tell that the writers have forced in a backstory reluctantly in the opening act. Explaining why the film’s set in San Fransico and not in New York like the comics, Brock’s love life with Anne Weying (played by Michelle Williams) which really lacks chemistry between the pair and why Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), leader of the science organisation is the bad guy. It almost felt like a grind to get through these opening stages so when Brock and Venom finally combine, it’s almost a sigh of relief.

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But it pains me to say, a lot of the great moments I saw in the film were already showcased in the trailer, even some of the final scenes. Yes, I wish I was joking too.

The reason I opened with the comparison of Venom to Deadpool was not only due to their poor representation in films previously, but the pair are but a handful of comic book movies that have been granted the luxury of a 15-rated viewing. This worked perfectly for Deadpool as it allowed the writers to give Reynolds the creative freedom he so dearly wanted for the character.

The film acts as an origin story but never seems to find its identity as it bounces between multiple genres.

However, Venom is placed in an awkward situation as theatres across the pond have granted the film a ‘PG-13’ rating. So, you’ve got a film that wants to be a serious and gore filled with the action but is constrained to a cut away in the edit anytime Venom goes to eat someone’s head and not a single splash of blood in sight. Therefore, it’s stuck in this awkward limbo with finding balance in its action and when those scenes do eventually roll round the payoff is never worth it.

There is enjoyment to be had with Venom. It’s only until the third and final act where the film finally settles with its identity as an action adventure, having started the film as much more of a drama.

The success in the box office, earning $205 million (£157m) globally in its opening weekend is leading me to believe we’ll be seeing Tom Hardy back in the symbiote suit in the near future. But I really hope this time a 15-rated film doesn’t feel like a watered down one.

Rating: 2.5/5

Scotland National Team Announcement – Football Podcast

International Friendly - Scotland v Belgium

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Alex McLeish has announced his squad ahead of Scotland’s matches against Portugal and Israel. Exciting additions alongside some emissions and David Ronney, Bryce Donaldson and Graham Miller sit down to discuss it all.

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