Bruce Springsteen announces UK return

Springsteen is know as the “the Boss”. Photo Credit: Craig O’Neal

Legendary singer Bruce Springsteen has confirmed he will play a string of concerts across the UK in 2019.

Though no confirmed shows have been announced as of yet, Springsteen recently announced it was “time to get back to my day job”, confirming his return to musical form with a new studio album with his E Street Band.

A new studio album would mean the first new material released by the artist since 2014’s “High Hopes” however “Springsteen on Broadway”, a greatest hits performance covering Bruce’s mammoth 46 year career will premiere on Netflix December 15th.

Springsteen last toured the UK in 2016, which included a stop at Glasgow’s Hampden stadium. Known for his mammoth performances, the singer played for over three hours at the famed football stadium.

Bruce and the gang will be well rehearsed for next year’s dates, currently playing five nights a week as part of the Broadway shows in New York City. Though Springsteen turns 70 next year, it seems the iconic American hero is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.

The SFA should move to Murrayfield for the fans’ sake

It’s been a question which fans of the Scottish game have pondered for years.

 

Should the home of Scottish football be Hampden or Murrayfield? The answer might not be so far away.

 

Hampden is the National Stadium and has been the regular home for Scotland internationals and domestic cup semi-finals and finals. Murrayfield is the home of Scottish rugby and has very rarely hosted football matches over the years.However, having been a temporary home for Hearts in the last few months while Tynecastle Park is renovated, the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) have made a case to the Scottish Football Association (SFA) that Murrayfield becomes the new national football stadium once the SFA’s lease at Hampden expires in 2020.

 

South Stand, Hampden Park. Source: Google

 

For many, that is a decision which should have been made years ago. Since its completed redevelopment to an all-seated stadium 18 years ago, Hampden has been anything but ‘fan friendly’. If you’re unfortunate enough to get a ticket in the east or west stand during a game, then you’ll find yourself an unnecessary distance from the pitch. The stadium’s design means that any talk of a good atmosphere isn’t usually what you hear after a match. For supporters who travel by bus, it can be a good 25-minute walk to the stadium too.

 

At Murrayfield there’s an opportunity for fans visiting home internationals or domestic cup finals to experience something in a much more enjoyable environment. The move to Murrayfield for the SFA would mean more seats for bigger crowds and public transport on tap. Those crowds would be closer to the pitch too, which means better atmospheres.

 

It’s also worth noting that the rest of Britain’s national stadiums are all in the capital cities (London’s Wembley, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and Belfast’s Windsor Park) so the shift from Glasgow to Edinburgh for the national team would follow a trend. One of Scotland’s best ever players, Kenny Dalglish, has this week backed the SFA to stay put. “How can Scottish football move from Hampden? It’s home,” he said.

 

Scotland’s national team first started playing there in 1906 so it’s clear why traditionalists aren’t keen on the change. But Scottish football needs a shake up from top to bottom and a vibrant new home for the SFA should be heavily considered.

Livingston striker Nikolay Todorov hopes being on loan from Hearts wont bring Hibs boos

NIKOLAY TODOROV is hoping the Hibs fans stay off his back as he travles to Easter Road in the Betfred Cup tonight.

Todorov is on loan at Livingston from Hibees’ city rivals Hearts and is relishing the opportunity in his first clash against the Leith side.

Easter Road

The Bulgarian striker failed to make an appearance for the Jambos since signing from Nottingham Forest in 2016 – spending last season on loan at League Two Cowdenbeath before helping Livi gain promotion form League One.

Currently in his second stint at the Tony Macaroni Arena; the 21-year-old is desperate to send the Lions into a semi-final at Hampden Park – but hopes his next visit to Hibs will see him wearing maroon.

He told the Scotsman: “I’m looking forward to it, it’s a big game for us and we’ve done really well to get to where we are.

“We’ll see if the Hibs fans give me a 
hard time. I hope they don’t but even if they do I’m a professional and I’ll deal with it.

“I’ve not been to Easter Road before but it will be a privilege to play there.

“Of course I hope to be going to places like Easter Road as a Hearts player in future.”

Livingston are unbeaten in the Betfred Cup this season – winning all four group fixtures and a dramatic last-16 tie over Falkirk.

Despite their great form Todorv insists his sides are taking it one game at a time.

He added: “For me I just need to focus game to game. If you do that then you’ll move forward step by step.

“Of course Hibs are the favourites but it’s eleven versus eleven, we’ll work hard.

“We’re working really hard on the training pitch and in matches and we have a great team spirit, it’s a motivation knowing you could play at Hampden but we’re really focussed on the game.”


 

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