Dick by Name.
"Edinburgh Zoo have accepted the transfer of Rangers player, Filip Sebo, they plan to exhibit him".
It's almost fifteen years ago now, but the above was an e-mail received by BBC Scotland's 'Through the Window' programme. Big Dick presented the show, the transfer window was closing and BBC Radio Scotland had reporters around the country, past the bewitching hour. It was a slow night and Big Dick had received the e-mail early, he hummed and hawed over broadcasting it, but kept chuckling. He told us he intended clearing it with his Producer, and after midnight would tell us the contents of the e-mail. On hearing the contents, I thought he was just flashing his credentials as a Rangers hater. Today, I have read Big Dick's SPL Premiership team of the season 2018-19, it confirms the hate remains strong.
Joe Lewis again proved he is the best keeper in the country. Allan McGregor performed well for Rangers, but was let down by on going disciplinary problems. Daniel Bachmann was the other serious contender for the number one spot.
My full backs are Rangers skipper, James Tavernier who improved defensively and remains a menace going forward, and Greg Taylor who had an outstanding season and looks to have a bright future. Craig Halkett and Stuart Findlay form a rock solid central defensive partnership. The outgoing Livingston captain should be an excellent signing for Hearts, while Findlay must be in the running for international honours. I had a list of about fifteen other defenders to choose from, including the likes of Max Lowe, Scott McKenna, Andrew Considine, Paul Hanlon, Jason Kerr, David Gray, but the quartet I picked were the top performers.
The midfield was the toughest area to whittle down, Killie trio Alan Power, Gary Dicker, Chris Burke, Celtic captain, Scott Brown, Scott Arfield and Ryan Kent were among plenty I considered, but I am more than happy with the four I have gone with. MY LINE-UP PROBABLY LACKS A BIT OF BALANCE but I have selected the best midfield in the country across a season.
Callum McGregor was the outstanding talent in Scottish football for me, a player with the touch and vision to stand out at the highest level, and always a joy to watch. Lewis Ferguson came to the fore on day one for the Dons and very quickly established himself, and Graeme Shinnie put in another highly consistent season, and thoroughly deserves his place. At the tip of my diamond, it has to be David Turnbull, who exploded on to the scene and reeled off a series of dynamic performances, capped by a fifteen goal haul.
The least competitive area of my team was up front. I considered Eamonn Brophy but half his goal haul were penalties. Osdonne Edouard peaked for the big games, but lacked consistency and Alfredo Morelos would be more of a liability than an asset. James Forrest was a stick on, so I would give him a flexible role supporting Dons top marksman, Sam Cosgrove. Had he converted that late penalty at Easter Road, then Big Sam would have finished as the Premiership's joint top scorer, and given where he came from at the start of the campaign, his final tally was a remarkable achievement.
Thus Big Dick choose, Lewis, Tavernier, Taylor, Halkett, Findlay, McGregor, Ferguson, Shinnie, Turnbull, Forrest, and Cosgrove.
Four players from the fourth finishing Dandies, two apiece from Killie and ra Sellik, and one each from Livi, 'Well, and Rangers. The official BBC Scotland Premiership team has five Rangers : McGregor, Tavernier, Arfield, Kent, and Morelos. Reference, "the goal machine"(it's how the Dandies on the Beeb refer to Cosgrove), how many penalties has he converted in failing to achieve joint top scorer status?