The Twitter response that saw Livingston score on social media

It's time for another instalment of The Engine Room – brought to you by Adam Miller from the Old Firm Facts Podcast.

The Footsie Index is here again to round up the best and worst from the world of Scottish football, including hilarious Twitter take-downs and teams defying expectations to Falkirk's harrowing encounter with Spiders.

Plus there's an unlikely Scottish football cameo and this time it's Hibernian winger Martin Boyle's turn in the driving seat where we quiz him about all things cars.

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Now let's kick off the Footsie Index…

“Who are we playing today?” asked the Hibs Twitter account last Saturday. “Motherwell” replied one ’Well supporter.

With every Scottish Twitter user screaming “DON’T DO IT”, Hibs replied: “Yeah she’s great thanks”.

Justice was done when Livingston’s Twitter account shared a screenshot of that exchange and added: “Hi @HibernianFC, we’ve got 1998 on the phone asking for their patter back. Cheers, Everyone.”

An appropriate response to such cornball humour.

Anyway, your thoughts on Antti Niemi making the Scotland squad?

It’s fair to say that Leigh Griffiths and Rangers have history.

Serenaded by boos as he came on for Dundee at Ibrox, the on-loan Celtic striker would have dreamt of silencing the home crowd with a goal.

Sure enough, within three minutes of his introduction, James McPake’s men had found the net.

Sadly for Griffiths, it was an own goal from Ryan Sweeney.

Griffiths refused to be thrown off course, dusted himself down and, just two minutes later… got himself booked.

Having lost three games on the bounce, and without a win since October, St Johnstone were entitled to feel nervous going into their match against Ross County.

While the Staggies prop up the table, they have only been beaten by leaders Rangers in their last five games.

St Johnstone, however, defied expectations and made it through the afternoon without conceding a shot.

As their official Twitter account said: “After heavy rainfall referee Steven McLean has called the game off.”

In 1990, Jeff Daniels and John Goodman starred in the horror movie Arachnophobia.

When it comes to harrowing confrontations with Spiders, however, the Hollywood stars have nothing on Falkirk.

Six years ago, they competed in the Scottish Cup Final, then finished second in the Championship.

Six years on, Falkirk won just six of their opening 15 League One games before facing Queen’s Park.

How many goals did they lose without reply? Six.

Martin Boyle in the driving seat: we get behind the wheel with the Hibernian winger

What was your first car?

It was a Ford Focus 1.6. It was my mum and dad’s and I bashed it a fair bit!

What do you drive now? And what’s your favourite thing about your car?

I drive a Mercedes. My favourite part is the interior – the seats are certainly the comfiest I’ve had in a car!

What’s been your best-ever driving experience? Who was there? And where were you?

I had a track day with a Lamborghini once at Knockhill, which was quite cool. It was a Christmas gift, which my wife joined me for.

Who would be your dream passenger?

Ryan Porteous’s dad! He’s a big Hibs fan so it would be a good laugh!

If you were a car, what car would you be?

A Mini Cooper – bubbly and good fun!

Unlikely Scottish football cameos: Liam Neeson

Radio phone-ins have long been a reliable source of entertainment in Scottish football.

Celtic’s dysfunctional 2020/21 season prompted numerous memorable calls to the wireless, but the most bizarre came from a Rangers fan discussing events across the city.

After Boli Bolingoli flew abroad without informing his employers, Gers supporter Mark demanded punishment for the club.

Guest Jim Duffy disagreed, saying: “If you work in an office and somebody at the other end of the office breaks the rules, you shouldn’t get punished because you happen to work there.”

Mark replied: “It’s happened in other industries where one person has destroyed the full team round about them, and brought it down.”

Pressed for an example, he explained: “Liam Neeson brought down a bank. No Liam Neeson, aye was it Liam Neeson, the bank fraud guy? He brought down a full bank. He punished a full company for his actions.”

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