The Benchman: Few big names left in Scotland

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The Benchman is less than impressed with Inverness’ latest signing.

READING THE RUNES: Over the years, we have seen great performances against English clubs - and who can forget that win over Ajax? On the other hand, we have some heavy defeat like that 4-1 hammering by the Pumas of UNAM on a Friday night at Brockville. Players are not at full fitness levels and the substitutions break up all the rhytm of the game. One defeat, a draw and two wins are OK, but they don’t tell you anything about the season ahead.

It seems light years ago that Scottish football attracted impressive big name signings

REALLY SAYING SOMETHING: Lyle Taylor signs for AFC Wimbledon. Thistle fans were hopeful that he would be back at Firhill, some Bairns fans even dreamed of a return to Falkirk. But no: the 25-year-old old chose to sign for the team currently in the lowest tier of the English league. He has hardly set the heather alight since that great season he had in navy blue. Rumours that he had attractive offers, way in excess of those on offer from Scotland, from sides in the Conference says it all.

TEASER: From which club did Falkirk sign Bert Slater?

BIG NAME SIGNINGS: It seems light years ago that Scottish football attracted impressive big name signings like Chris Woods, Terry Butcher and Ray Wilkins to Ibrox and John Hartson, Henrik Larsson and Chris Sutton to Parkhead. Admittedly, that policy ledt to ruin for those Scottish clubs that tried to follow suit. Fast forward to 2015 and you look at the calibre of the recruits to Scottish clubs now. Spaniard Dani Lopez signs for Inverness ran the headlines. Would that be the same Dani Lopez who was playing with La Roda in the third tier of Spanish football and was released by League Two side Stevenage?

MYSTERY PIC: Who is the Falkirk player attending to his injured opponent?

ANSWERS: Last week’s trio were Tommy Lowry, Ian Hunter and Alex Bain and Gareth Hutchison was signed from Stenhousemuir.

IT’S MA BA: Had to laugh at the antics of that loveable wee rogue Leigh Griffiths over the Celtic penalty-taking role. It brought back fond memories of a similar incident at Brockville, when Colin ‘Eyebrows’ Cramb and Stevie Fulton were disputing the same issue. Disputes over key roles are not confined to penalty takers though: I still laugh at the confrontation at Camelon Juniors when two wee boys ran out of the ground that had been blootered over the wall. ‘I get the balls round here!’ stated an irate character when they returned with the missing leather. And he did - even from the canal!

MOUTH-WATERING TIE: Will there be live coverage of the match between Qarabag of Azerbaijan and Rudar Plejevlja of Montenegro? The winner will play Celtic.