Trophies for Finlay: Student wins design competition


Finlay Rintoul won a competition to make the trophies for the Offshore Achievement Awards. (Photo credit: Finlay Rintoul)

North East teenager Finlay Rintoul is making waves in the world of design, winning the opportunity to make the trophies for the 2019 Offshore Achievement Awards.

The 20-year-old won the competition, coming out on top following an intense race of researching, pitching and designing the winning model.

Finlay studies Three-Dimensional Design at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, where he is in his third year, and took part in the competition to go along with his studies.

The annual competition gives students the opportunity to experience what a professional job in the industry may require. During the process, the students had to pitch to industry experts and tailor their designs to their criteria. The standards were high, and submissions were put before a panel of nine judges.

Speaking about the process, Finlay, from Laurencekirk, said:

“We first went to a meeting with a number of experts from the Offshore Achievement Awards. They told us what they wanted and then I went and did my research.

“I started looking into the oil industry and how it was in Aberdeen, nationally, and globally. My main inspiration was oil rigs.

“I liked the complexity of them and I liked how they were just these towering structures in the middle of a very flat ocean. I thought this was a good contrast.”

The trophies are going to be different shades of blue signifying the ocean, highlighting the offshore awards. He has taken inspiration from the legs of an oil rig and made them elongated rectangles. The final trophy will be made of a liquid plastic which will give the look of water.

Currently Finlay is finalising the master copy of the trophy. He still needs to make silicone moulds, pour the resin and put the plaques on to them.

Finlay pipped other students from his course to the post. He said:

“Part of me really wanted to win but another part of me thought maybe my design wasn’t good enough.

“It was amazing to see everyone else’s designs to see what ideas they had come up with and because competition is healthy.

“When they were deciding the winner they said it was the hardest and longest decision they had made over the year’s they have been doing the competition, but here I am, almost with a finished set of trophies.”

Although the project has been intense, Finlay is very grateful for the experience:

“It is an amazing experience for a young designer to be able to have this sort of opportunity because it is difficult to get them.

“More than anything this has been a good learning experience because I have had to go through the process of things not working and having to quickly resolve the issues.

“It has given me a lot of experience and knowledge into how the design world really is outside of university.”

Finlay will be going into the final year of his course after summer. Following the experience of making these trophies, he has his sights set high and is hoping to start his own brand across a range of different disciplines.

The awards ceremony will take place on March 16th, at the Aberdeen Conference Centre where Finlay’s final product will be taking to the stage.

Photos by Finlay Rintoul


Is Sam Cosgrove the solution to Dons goal woes?


Sam Cosgrove playing for North Ferriby United in 2017. Credit: Mattythewhite

As an Aberdeen fan, there’s not much to look forward to when the season starts; aside from the occasional big name signing — I’m looking at you James Wilson — us Dandies are now resigned to accepting that we’ll finish second; always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

That was until Sam Cosgrove appeared on the scene; the 22-year-old, six-foot, blonde bombshell. Cosgrove doesn’t have the best record in England, with only one senior goal in 30 games which came against Crewe for League Two side Carlisle United in 2018.

Yet, his double against Hamilton Academical on January 23 took Cosgrove’s tally to 11 goals for the season, with nine in his last eight games. Only Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos stands in his way, with 12 goals so far.

Cosgrove didn’t get off to the best start in Scotland after receiving a red card for a lunging tackle on Celtic captain Scott Brown, on his debut for Aberdeen no less. Eight minutes in and Aberdeen fans were worried that manager Derek McInnes had traded one tall, blonde striker with a habit of red cards for another.

Sam Cosgrove seemed to be just like Jayden Stockley, who finished his career with Aberdeen in typical Stockley-style. In the 2017 Scottish Cup Final against Celtic, Stockley was accused of catching Celtic defender Kieran Tierney with an elbow, forcing Tierney to rush to hospital. On the flip side, Stockley seems to be scoring goals for fun down south, which recently earned him a big money move to Preston North End.

Cosgrove began his form with a double against St Mirren in October, after 10 games at the beginning of the season without finding the net. Five more games without a goal followed including a game against Rangers where two yellow cards resulted in a first-half sending off. That seemed to be the shock Cosgrove needed, resulting in the run of nine goals.

The current form of the striker hasn’t gone unnoticed with fans. There is now a momentum on Twitter, calling for Cosgrove to be nominated — and rightfully so — for the prestigious Ballon d’Or award. It first appeared on Twitter after Cosgrove scored his first Aberdeen goal, something which was laughed at by other fans. All it takes is a quick search on the social media site to see how passionate fans are, with mock-ups of Cosgrove accepting the award to fans singing his name.

I’m calling it now, Sam Cosgrove – Ballon d’Or winner 2020.

£160,000 worth of drugs seized at Scottish railway stations

Drugs have been recovered at three of Scotland’s busiest stations in the past week.

Police seized £80,000 of cannabis at Edinburgh Waverley station last week. A 45-year-old man was arrested.

An officer on patrol at Glasgow Central Station. Photograph: BBC

Two days later, a 56-year-old man was detained at Aberdeen Station with £13,000 of heroin. He was also charged with having an unlicensed firearm and bladed weapon in his possession.

On Monday, officers arrested a man arriving at Glasgow Central with £70,000 worth of cannabis.

Superintendent David Marshall believes the recoveries are a significant step in the right direction.

He said:“These are three very impressive seizures which has resulted in an estimated £160,000 worth of drugs being taken off the streets.

“This work underpins why cross-border and end-to-end policing on the rail network is extremely vital.

“Our officers can quickly work with British Transport Police colleagues south of the border, as well as other police forces, to share intelligence and intercept drugs.”

“These arrests prove that our work to make the railway a hostile environment for criminals to operate is working.

“We will continue to work hard to make sure passengers feel safe and crime is deterred.

“The public can, of course, help us achieve this, and I would advise anyone with any concerns to report them to us. You can do this by sending a text to us discreetly on 61016. ”

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Transfer deadline roundup

It is that time of year again where we don’t see much action in the transfer front and there is more fear of top players leaving than excitement over new faces.

As usual there hasn’t been a huge amount of players coming into the Scottish league or any impulse buys that usually happen during the summer transfer window.

Scottish Premier clubs and the lower leagues had until midnight to snap up some players and will now have to go with what they’ve got for the rest of the season unless they decide to sign free agents.


Kouassi Eboue during his time at FC Krasnodar

The biggest signing of the transfer season was from Celtic who secured Ivory Coast midfielder Eboue Kouassi for an undisclosed fee, reportedly around the value of £2.8 million from Russian side FC Krasnodar on a 4-year contract.

The 19-year-old only made 18 appearances for The Bulls but has been dubbed the “African Wonderkid”.

It seems to be the only signing for the Glasgow side this window but they are sending five players out on loan hoping to get first-team football.


Ryan Christie has gone on loan to Aberdeen until the end of the season. The 21-year-old only had seven appearances this season.

Kristoffer Ajer has gone on loan to Kilmarnock until the end of the season. The 18-year-old has struggled to find his place in the team and has only made one appearance for the team during pre-season.

Joe Thomson has gone on loan to Queen of the South until the end of the season. The 20-year-old spent his first half of the season on loan at Dumbarton.

Aidan Nesbitt has extended his spell at Morton until the end of the season.

Jamie McCart has also extended his spell at Inverness Caledonian Thistle until the end of the season.


Aberdeen have not bought any new players and the only excitement they have had was getting Christie on loan.


Cammy Smith follows teammate Craig Storie in joining St Mirren on loan until the end of the season after spending the first half of the season at Dundee United.

Lawrence Shankland will be at Morton for the rest of the season following a year and a half long loan at St Mirren.

Scott McKenna and Daniel Harvie extended their loans and Wes Burns has returned back to Bristol City.


Rangers brought in three players on loan, including Jon Toral from Arsenal and Emmerson Hyndman from Bournemouth.


Jon Toral for Arsenal against Marseille

They did sign a goalkeeper, Jak Alnwick from Port Vale and turned David Bates’ loan into a permanent one.


They said goodbye to goalkeeper Matt Gilks who went to Wigan for an undisclosed fee. Gilks played back up to Wes Foderingham and only had five games for the club


One team that saw some activity in the window was Hearts who brought in nine players and a whole reshape to their defensive squad.

Aaron Hughes, Anastasios Avlonitis, Lenny Sowah and Andraz Struna were brought in to shape the squad as well as a few midfielders and a striker.


Hearts said goodbye to a number of players including Robbie Muirhead who followed former head coach Robbie Nielson to MK Dins.

Juanma joined V-Varen Nagasaki.

Tony Watt completed his loan and returned to Charlton Athletic.

Nikolay Todorov joined Livingston on loan.

Igor Rossi, Alim Ozturk both left the club and Kelby Mason, Lewis Moore, Callumn Morrison, Alistair Row. Conor Sammon and Dario Zanatta all went out on loan.



Anthony Stoke with teammates Fraser Fyvie and Jason Cummings

Hibs didn’t have much luck having failed to bring Anthony Stokes back to Hibs for the third time and Kris Commons will stay put at Celtic after spending a season on loan but did manage to sign Chris Humphrey from Preston.

New digital jobs coming to Glasgow

New investment is set to create 48 new jobs over the next 12 months in Glasgow with digital technology services business, Incremental Group.


Neil Logan, CEO and co-founder of Incremental Group

With jobs from software engineers, data scientists, infrastructure engineers to project managers, this is the first step in Incremental Group’s ambitious three year expansion plan.

Incremental Group CEO and co-founder, Neil Logan, said: “The Regional Selective Assistance support will really help us accelerate our plans to build a new kind of digital technology business that the government and industry trust to help them evolve. I know we will only achieve this if we employ brilliant people and Glasgow is a great place to be for digital talent.”

The company plans to expand over the next three years to employ 180 people, generating annual revenues approaching £20m across the UK. Currently based in Aberdeen and Glasgow, Incremental Group employs 40 digital specialists, with plans to grow this team in Aberdeen and Glasgow, with a London office scheduled to open in April.

The investment of £500,000 comes as part of the Regional Selective Assistance support from Scottish Enterprise, a grant available for businesses who want to develop a project in Scotland.

Adrian Gillespie, managing director of growth companies, innovation and infrastructure at Scottish Enterprise said: “The 48 jobs this move will create are a welcome boost to the local economy and underline the huge contribution that our digital sector makes to sustainable economic growth.”

The business works with the government and industry to deliver the digital enterprise, with current clients including Aberdeen City Council, and Highlands and Islands Airports.

Minister of business, innovation and energy, Paul Wheelhouse, said: “48 new jobs is a welcome investment for Glasgow’s technology service industry, harnessing the undoubted talent that is to be found within the city.”

Celtic v Aberdeen preview


Celtic are looking to take their record breaking 26 game unbeaten streak a step further this evening when they take on Aberdeen at Celtic Park.

The Scottish champions will be without several of their star players when they face the dons tonight. Strikers Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths are unavailable for Brendan Rodgers with midfielders Stuart Armstrong, Eboue Kouassi and Tom Rogic also missing out through injury.

Aberdeen have a full strength squad to pick from, with the exception of Ryan Christie who is not allowed to play for his parent club due to the terms of his loan agreement.

Third place Aberdeen go to Celtic Park with a terrible record, losing their last 23 games at the home of the champions. Celtic will look to extend their advantage at the top of the leage table to 25 points.

The game comes a day after it was revealed that star striker Moussa Dembele would be staying at the club amid reported interest from premier league clubs including league leaders Chelsea. Goalkeeper Craig Gordon was also a target for the London club, but the experienced shot stopper will also be staying at Parkhead.

Aberdeen also held on to their players in demand after it was announced that in-demand attacker Johnny Hayes would be staying at the club. Interest from Cardiff City sparked rumours that Hayes would be leaving Pittodrie in January but with the window closing last night it seems Hayes will be staying until summer at least.

Kick off at 19.45.

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