Who are the best strikers in Scottish football?

Despite being close season for Scottish footballers, this does not stop discussion about the past season’s antics and fervently preparing for the next one. Amidst these discussions are the talks by the Terrace Scottish Football Podcast on who has performed best in the various positions across Scottish football.

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The player ratings are based on their form throughout the season and their performance throughout any previous seasons, considering various factors such as technical skills, the amount of time they hold on to the ball and, primarily for the forwards, the number of goals scored. For strikers, this is a particularly important factor to consider; after all, what do you call a striker who can’t score a goal?

Below are five of the top Scottish strikers, as voted by the Terrace Scottish Football Podcast.

1. Scott McDonald

Motherwell’s Australian striker may be otherwise known as the ‘moaniest’ player; however, he is undeniably an asset to the team and has made key adjustments to his game since signing, resulting in a more intelligent style of play for the forward. He is as comfortable with his back to goal as he is facing it.

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2. Kris Doolan

The Partick Thistle forward posted the second highest shooting percentage in last year’s Ladbrokes Premiership and has shown undeniable loyalty to The Jags since signing. What’s more, the fans of the club seem to absolutely love him.

3. Liam Boyce

The Northern Irish lad has made a name for himself across several different nations, having started in Cliftonville and played for Werder Bremen in Germany before making his way to Ross County FC. He even earned himself the title of Top Goalscorer in the 2016-2017 Scottish Premiership, scoring a whopping 23 goals.

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4. Leigh Griffiths

The Celtic player took home the award for the country’s top striker last year and seemed set to earn it again; however, following his absence from the 5-1 defeat of Rangers due to injury, fellow Celtic striker Moussa Dembele took the crown.

5, Moussa Dembele

Last but certainly not least, the Celtic striker reportedly has several European teams after him. His ability to retain possession of the ball and superior speed put him slightly ahead of fellow striker Griffiths.…

How to be a great rugby captain

What do Francois Pienaar, Martin Johnson and Sean Fitzpatrick have in common? What about Clive Sullivan, Brad Fittler and Darren Lockyer? Yes, they are all legendary rugby captains.

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But what makes a great captain? Are some people born to lead or is there a captain in everyone?

According to a study carried out by University College London, there is a ‘leadership gene’ which makes it more likely that an individual will become a leader/manager. As well as this, a study in America discovered that great leaders may well have more grey matter in areas that control decision making and memory. Despite this, many still believe that a great captain can be made.

Get drilling!

In many sports, repetition is a crucial way of learning and football or rugby drills are commonplace on the training ground. For some great examples of these, take a look at a website such as https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Rugby/.

Whether acquired through nature or nurture, there are a number of recognised qualities that are needed to be a great rugby captain.

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Leading by example

Some people do have a natural aura that makes people want to follow them, but seeing someone give 100% effort and behave in an admirable way will always encourage others to follow suit.

Sportsmanship and respect

Following the etiquette of the sport is an important part of being a good captain. Treating the match officials and the opposition with respect is another. Being able to congratulate or commiserate with your opponent, no matter what has happened during the game, shows great respect.

Determination

A never say die attitude and a refusal to give up is something found amongst all great captains.

Professionalism

Particularly in today’s age of pre- and post-match press conferences, being able to present and articulate themselves in a professional manner in front of the cameras is a key asset needed by any modern day rugby captain.

Tactical acumen

All the great captains have a good handle on tactics and are able to implement tactical changes on the pitch, in accordance with the instructions of the coach/manager.

Communication

The ability to communicate with your teammates both collectively and on an individual basis is vital. Being able to communicate and build a strong relationship with technical, fitness and other coaches is also important.…