With so much live football available it seems unfair to carp but it's hard to resist being Scrooge when you consider how CABLE TV missed the chance to show two live games last Sunday. There were three games scheduled early in the day - Wimbledon v West Ham, Tottenham v Watford, Southampton v Chelsea. But none of them were selected by CABLE who went with the live double-header of Newcastle v Liverpool and Manchester United v Bradford by utilising Sports Channel 2 (aka Channel 5) for the latter match. They then followed up with the excellent Coventry v Arsenal live match. There are some unlikely games filling the gaps this coming week with Scottish Premier League action making its first appearance in the local schedules. The Hearts v Hibernian match from a fortnight ago gets an airing on CABLE Sports 1 (Channel 6). It's long after the parade passed by but the Edinburgh derby marks a notable first for fans of the Scottish game in Hong Kong. CABLE's spokesperson says that the channel will have a total of 10 matches from the SPL in the remainder of the season and the next one will be the Old Firm derby, which was played last Monday - but that won't be shown until January 7 at 10pm. It's a shame CABLE could not have gone the extra few thousand dollars to secure this latter match live as there were no other major matches clashing with it in England, Italy or Spain and it kicked off at the user-friendly hour of 9 pm (SAR time). But something is better than nothing and Scottish football fans will relish the novelty of seeing their clubs on Hong Kong screens even if they already know the outcome. The weakness, or lack of depth of the Scottish League, is always the biggest knock against it as a sellable international product but the Old Firm game has a unique atmosphere that rivals (and surpasses) the great derby games and great rivalries of the world. The other less-than-likely competition getting some screen time is the EnglishLeague Cup. Again CABLE have options on a handful of games from this which they show taped long after the event, and they have said they will consider showing the final depending on who is in it. Last week the Birmingham v West Ham fourth-round tie was on. This time it's First Divison tranmere v Premier League Middlesbrough in quarter-final tie and, once again, hindsight insists it's a match worth seeing.