SCOTLAND manager Craig Levein was an interested spectator at Saturday’s epic cup tie, but before locals get over excited by the thought of Rory McAllister or Craig Molloy in a dark blue jersey, the Scotland boss was there on a pre-arranged engagement to address guests at the Northern Hotel. (writes Steve Mitchell).
Levein said prior to watching the match he was making his first visit to the Glebe since his days in charge at Dundee United.
“I was up at a lot of games at Brechin when I was at Tannadice and I was also there when Aberdeen played their reserve games at Glebe Park,” he commented.
Before the game he added: “I am really looking forward to the cup tie and I am here specifically to look at Murray Davidson of St Johnstone and see just exactly how he is getting on.
“We have had a lot of good reports on him from both Derek McInnes and other managers throughout the game.
“He is one who we have been to get in the squads recently so we have come along to keep an eye on him.”
However, the former Dundee United and Leicester City boss also spoke of his interest in another sport, horse racing and he has recently acquired a horse which he hopes will provide a great deal of entertainment for him and his friends and colleagues, along with local businessman Kevin Mackie.
“It really is a bit of fun no more than that,” added Craig.
“I live just outside Dunfermline and the stables are only about 20 minutes from my house, so it’s great just to go up to the gallops and watch the horses riding out.
“It’s a greatly competitive sport racing and in a way horses are just like athletes.
“I take a great deal of interest in it and I also get a real sense of satisfaction out of it.
“Kevin and I are in partnership and I think it provides both of us with a great opportunity to relax.
“The horse is very much in the early stages of its development and you can never tell this early in a career if its going to do well, but we are very hopeful for it given the promise its shown.”
Not an assessment which is unlike the Scotland gaffer’s early days in charge of the international team.
For punters wanting to have a bet on the ‘cuddy’ when it gets over its present injury problems its name is Via Archamedi.
“It has had a few injury problems at present but will soon be back to full fitness and we are both looking forward to seeing it racing once again.”
Craig was joined at a football forum in the Northern Hotel by with Roddy Grant, former of City and St Johnstone, and ex-Saints Allan Preston, Nick Dasovic and Paul Kane.