Si Ferry Meets…Kris Commons Episode 2 - UCL Last 16, POTY, Ronny Deila, Hibs & leaving Celtic

December 15, 2017

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.

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Open Goal Podcast - Keeping the Ball on the Ground Ep 1 with Andy McLaren

December 12, 2017

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.

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Si Ferry Meets…Kris Commons Episode 1 - Youth Football, Forest, Derby, 1st Season at Celtic

December 11, 2017

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.

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Si Ferry Meets…Lee McCulloch Episode 2 - Administration, Rangers Captaincy, Departure, Killie Job

December 8, 2017

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.

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Si Ferry Meets…Lee McCulloch Ep 1 - Motherwell, Wigan, Moving to Rangers, UEFA Cup Final

December 4, 2017

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.

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Si Ferry Meets…Frank McAvennie Episode 2 - Celtic Centenary, The Fight at Ibrox, World Cup ‘86

November 28, 2017

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.

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Si Ferry Meets…Frank McAvennie Episode 2 - Celtic Centenary, The Fight at Ibrox, World Cup ‘86

November 27, 2017

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.

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Si Ferry Meets…Frank McAvennie Episode 1 - Making it Late at St Mirren, West Ham, London & Celtic

November 20, 2017

Si Ferry sits down with one of British football's biggest personalities, Frank McAvennie. In part 1 of our 2 part interview with the West Ham and Celtic cult icon, Frank discusses his early football upbringing growing up in the Milton and sacrificing his football to go watch his beloved Celtic every week.

A late developer to the professional game, he talks through his quick ascension up the footballing ranks from getting his start at St Mirren to moving down south with West Ham during a period which saw them become agonisingly close to securing the First Division title.

No interview would be complete of course without getting a word from Frank on the London nightlife he enjoyed as he tells us how his life changed overnight after he appeared on the talkshow 'Wogan' which saw him claim instant celebrity status.

He also discusses how the boy from the stands ended up living the dream after moving to Celtic to play under his idol Billy McNeill. A moment of pride for both him and his family.

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Si Ferry Meets…James McFadden Episode 3 - Scotland Interview Special

November 13, 2017

In the final episode of our three-part series, James chats with Si about his Scotland career which saw him become one of the country's top performers during his era.

He discusses each of the different managers he would play under with Scotland and the big moments which occurred during each of those regimes.

James goes into detail on the highs and lows that he experienced during his Scotland career from scoring against the world's top teams to disappointingly being frozen out by Craig Levein.

A very entertaining, open and honest chat with one of Scotland's most iconic players in recent times.

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Si Ferry Meets…James McFadden Episode 2 - Everton Days, Birmingham & Return to Scotland

November 7, 2017

In part 2 of our sit-down chat with James McFadden, the playmaker reminisces about his days with Everton after signing under fellow Scot, David Moyes.

He discusses how he adapted as a young boy moving away from home for the first time to settle in at the club as well as providing an insight into some of the colourful characters he used to play with including Tommy Gravesen and Duncan Ferguson.

McFadden also discusses his time away from Everton, signing for Birmingham City which ultimately saw him return to the Merseyside club following a frustrating spell of injuries in the Midlands.

Now back playing in his native Scotland, he speaks to Si about his plans for the future when he decides to hang up his boots.

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