The boys are back with the first podcast of 2018 and are joined by former Motherwell, Dundee, Bristol City and Rovers forward, David Clarkson who will be discussing all the latest topics in football with Mark Guidi and Simon Ferry.
In part 2 of our chat with Kolo, the Ivorian discusses his move from Arsenal to Manchester City and his motives behind the transfer.
He tells Si of his experiences with the managers he played under at the club as well as the players as the club were transitioning from a middle of the road team to Premier League winners.
Kolo also speaks fondly of his time at Liverpool where he first met Brendan Rodgers and reflects on the season they came agonisingly close to winning the title for the club.
He also speaks about his recent move to Celtic and how he was determined to prove doubters wrong that the club could replicate his achievements at Arsenal and go the full season unbeaten.
We welcome a big name to our first show of the year with double Premier League winning and Ivory Coast internationalist, Kolo Toure sitting down with Si Ferry to chat through his career.
In the first of our two-part series with the Ivorian, we are given a fascinating insight into the football education Kolo received from his local academy which brought through the likes of his brother YaYa, Gervinho, Zakora and many others.
He tells Simon about transitioning into the Premier League during his early days at Arsenal and the support he received from the more senior pros in the team at the time.
Such support aided him in becoming a vital component of the Arsenal Invincibles team which managed to win the Premier League without losing a single game the entire season. Kolo gives Si an insight into the qualities of that team and what made them such a top team.
Kolo also discusses his remaining time at Arsenal which included the Champions League in 2006 as well as what led to his departure from a club he could never see himself leaving.
In the 2nd episode of our 2 part series with Kris Commons, the boys discuss Celtic's 2012/13 Champions League campaign with Kris providing his insight into an incredible group stage which saw Celtic qualify for the Last 16 of the competition following a famous win over Barcelona.
Kris then chats about his Player of the Year form the following season and how much of an influence Neil Lennon was in helping him get the best out of his abilities while also disclosing the reason why he chose to retire from the Scotland National Team around that time.
His rocky relationship with former Manager, Ronny Deila is also brought up in which Kris gives a detailed insight into the breakdown of the relationship and the factors which led to the difficulties that occurred, including that stormy night in Norway.
The chat rounds up with a reflection on the last couple of years of Kris' career which saw the introduction of Brendan Rodgers as Celtic Manager as well as an enjoyable loan move to Hibs, while reiterating that the creative forward still might plan on sticking the boots on once more.
Undoubtedly, we live in an era which has seen the footballing world lose the plot!
In a time where the game has become dominated by megabucks TV deals, oil tycoon club owners, over hyped and priced transfers, world-record fees breaking every two minutes and of course the Premier League continuing its mission for world domination, there is only one thing we in Scotland can do… laugh! Because if we don’t, we’ll greet!
The Open Goal podcast with Mark Guidi and Simon Ferry seeks to give you the Scottish perspective on the madness that surrounds our nation by taking a light hearted and humorous view on the latest topics from world football as they attempt to keep the game we love on the ground.
In our first instalment, we welcome ex-Dundee United man, Andy McLaren to the show where our topics of discussion include mad referee moments, Saturday night kick-offs, scraps in the tunnel and Managers losing the plot in post-match interviews.
In Episode 1 of our 2 part series with the former Celtic talisman, Kris Commons, we delve into the goal Scorer’s football upbringing down south and the path which led him to start making a name for himself with Nottignham Forest and Derby.
Kris shares some great stories from his days with the East Midlands clubs including some unorthodox approaches from his old managers towards pre season and contract negotiations!
The conversation moves on to Kris’ transfer to Celtic where there was no rest for the wicked as he was threw in as one of the main men in the team as Neil Lennon’s Celtic were in the hunt for the league title.
He tells Si about some of the surreal experiences he immediately faced in his first season including pivotal games against Rangers, a tense title race as well as the horrendous threatening incidents towards his manager, Neil Lennon.
The 2nd half of our chat with Lee McCulloch begins with the utility man discussing the variety of positions he found himself playing in for Rangers. Some more preferable than others.
Lee then provides a player's view insight into the club falling into administration and the difficulties that occurred for the squad during a tense period.
As such, he found himself playing in a different environment in amongst the lower leagues as Rangers had to climb their way up to the top division, in which he tells Si about those experiences and the different type of challenge that faced the team.
Lee also goes into detail about the pride he felt in being asked to become the captain of the club he always supported as a boy and the enhanced level of expectation and pressure which comes with that.
We also cover Lee's departure from Ibrox as well as his foray into football management with Kilmarnock and what plans lie ahead for him.
Si Ferry sits down with former Rangers captain, Lee McCulloch to discuss his career which saw him play for his local team, move to the Premier League and also the live the dream by playing for his boyhood club.
Lee discusses the hard education he experienced coming through the youth ranks at Motherwell, enduring a loan spell at Cumbernauld United and going on to share a first team dressing room with some of his fellow old school professionals at the Lanarkshire club.
The utility man recalls some fond memories from his time playing with Wigan in both the lower divisions in England and the Premier League as well as recounting a couple of stories from the characters he played with including the Bulldog, Jimmy Bullard.
The boys also talk about the early days of his dream move to Rangers and the pressure that comes with the expectations of playing for the club you support and how reaching the UEFA Cup Final helped win over the supporters in his favour.
Part 2 of our chat with Frank kicks off with the discussion on his pivotal role in one of Celtic's most iconic season's in their history, the Centenary Year.
Frank reflects on the key moments of that season including a fight at Ibrox which saw him and 3 Rangers players ending up in court as a result of the incident, as well as the cup final itself where it was his late brace which saw the club secure the double in its 100th Anniversary.
He tells Si about how Graeme Souness tried to buy him for Rangers at the time the club signed ex-Celtic player Mo Johnston and explains the reasons why he couldn't do it.
He also looks back on his disappointing 2nd spells at both clubs as well as talking through his experiences of going to a World Cup with Scotland back in Mexico 1986.