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  1. Hope Springs

    2019-20 Rebuild

    Within 5 minutes Casper Sloth (remember him?) scores against Accies Reserves. Our midfield options just keep improving...
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    Hearts away, 14/9

    Tynecastle is not an easy place to go and although Hearts have not had the best of starts they have only lost to Celtic and Aberdeen, the latter narrowly. So it will be tough even if we do improve on our last game against them. It would be nice to keep our momentum going as we move into a run of “easier” fixtures. I don’t think we want to introduce too many new faces, therefore, and expect minimal changes and those due to injury (I e Dunne). A cautious 2-1 to the Steelmen prediction...
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    2019/2020 Game 2: Celtic (H) August 10th 12pm Kick off

    Cluj sustained for the duration of the match what we were only able to sustain for the first half hour. Throughout that half hour we were by far the better team. We were let down by fitness not ability. Cluj are no Champions League team either , but Petrescu was a determined wee bugger and has clearly imparted that to his team. If we could even have reached half time ahead (and been given a penalty for 2-0) I would have been surprised if Celtic would have beaten us. Balances are tipped by small decisions or incidents. In our case by four poor defensive lapses - as seems to have been the case tonight for Celtic.
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    2019/2020 Game 2: Celtic (H) August 10th 12pm Kick off

    Agree that last Saturday for either team is not a great predictor if this fixture. We do need to be right on our game and I believe our own pitch’s slick surface gives us a chance to attack quickly from wide areas where I think Celtic are suspect. I’d play Cole up front in the hope that his pace will get him in behind a fairly ponderous central defence and I agree that we should put Grimshaw in not for Tait but to match up against Brown and give him a hard time: Grimmy’s energy and stamina could run Brown ragged (his legs are done anyway and he gets far too much respect from most teams). 1-1 would be about right but 2-1 is still very achievable.
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    Livingston vs Motherwell 03/08/2019

    As always at the start of a new season, it’s a little bit more exciting than an ordinary match day. I am more optimistic about how we will fare this season than for many a year. I believe the signs are as good as they could be and I expect us to have more than enough skill and grit to beat Livi by two clear goals. 3-1 for the Steelmen. COYW⚽️⚽️!
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    The 'Magnificent' David Turnbull Discussion Thread

    I am pleased that Norwich exceeded Celtic’s bid and, if David agrees terms with them it puts him in a better position to move on to a bigger EPL club given the coverage they get. Better development through playing better teams than Celtic ever will, better chance of a bigger move and thereby a bigger sell on cut for us and (maybe importantly) a metaphorical punch on the nose to Celtic who systematically have bullied other Scottish teams in so many ways and arrogantly tried to use a supine and submissive Scottish media to twist David’s arm when clearly Celtic , A’s is their won’t, failed to show enough respect to Motherwell and in particular a young man with a very big future that most football minded (but not Celtic minded) people could easily recognise.
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    The 'Magnificent' David Turnbull Discussion Thread

    While I am not happy at the prospect of David playing for Celtic (having sadly watched the Old Firm scoop up Dixie Deans, Joe McBride, Peter McCloy, Tom Forsyth all the way to Brian McClair, Phil O’Donnell, even Jake Hastie) I think it may be a long term good option : he will be playing in a league he is already pre-eminent in, will surely gain Scotland caps, will score even more goals and provide more assists, will be seen across Europe (ie a bigger shop window) and will just as likely outgrow Celtic and move on for a fee the percentage of which coming to us will be another big financial boost. He has behaved impeccably and should not be grudged his promotion and also has earned a choice he has yet to make. If he goes elsewhere it will be for more. More to us. If he goes to Celtic I doubt it will be for long and then a bigger move. More to us. So you have every best wish from me, David, whatever way it goes. Thank you.
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    The Small-Medium Rebuild 2018'19

    I would say it’s perfectly excusable. They have signed Turnbull and as far as Hastie is concerned they played it by the book. They identified his potential, loaned him out to give him first team football and to see if he would hold his own in the rough and tumble of championship football. He did okay - nothing to suggest the huge surge in improvement when he got back and was given the opportunity to play in our own first team. They kept playing him and offered the best deal they could. It is down to the lad myself now and, if he is listening, a lot of experienced and respected people in the game are suggesting a move away from Motherwell might not be the best thing for the development of what is a very promising career. And to be fair, he seems to be taking his time to think it all through - nor has he signed any pre-contract deal either. So I for one remain cautiously optimistic we could have his signature yet
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    2018/19 Game 30: Hibs (A) March 16th 3pm kick off

    I like to think our momentum, the potency of our attack and the solidity of our defence and serious work ethic might be just a shade too much for Hibs today. COYW
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    2018/19 Game 22: Hibernian (H) Wednesday 23rd January

    a good win. If we can beat Dundee next we can certainly aim to move higher in the second half of the season. and maybe do so with a bit of style and football...
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    2018/19 Game 22: Hibernian (H) Wednesday 23rd January

    Glad to hear we are showing a willingness to take the game to Hibs. Hope the width now offered by Ariyib means a bit more football.
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    2018’19 Game 18:Celtic (A) Wednesday 19th December 2018

    Big pitch, highly motivated Celtic - likely we will try to keep it tight but I would look for more width so change of formation and press their shaky back four. With a bit of effort a draw isn’t beyond us - they’re far from invincible.
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    2018’19 Game 17:St Johnstone (A) Saturday 15th December 2018

    Celtic are not experienced in dealing with pressure and that is why they are poor in Europe so I would agree - don’t give them an inch, press hard and get an early goal (or two!)
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    2018’19 Game 17:St Johnstone (A) Saturday 15th December 2018

    Given our propensity to produce the unexpected I believe we could win today. COYW!

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