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  1. Christy Manzinga scoring with aplomb for Linfield in their conference league qualifier. Bring him back !!! On second thoughts.....
  2. He's home..... Ricki Lamie returns to the Tony Mac for the 2021/22 season. Welcome back Ricki. Those were my first thoughts when it appeared on my timeline. It was a nice dream while it lasted. !! Not a fan at all. Disappointing effort.
  3. Was backshift today, so missed the game and can't comment on any specific individuals or incidents as I can't bring myself to watch the 'highlights'. As much as it is a shocking result, a big set back and boot in the baws after the recent good run, there are still 3 teams who would gladly swap places with us, and if we can still say that at the end of the season I'll be happy. There may be slim hopes of snatching the last top 6 place for some, but from here on it's all about amassing enough points to survive. If that's to be achieved there can be no more displays like today. The honeymoon period is well and truly over, time for Alexander to kick some arses and find out who is truly up for the fight.
  4. The never return/not good enough the first time chat is a mile off imo. At the time he was a young lad trying to break through in a team vying for 3rd place, and the rewards that would bring, and which featured some very good, established senior players in his position. No manager would unsettle their starting 11 unnecessarily in that position to blood a youngster. Game time for him was always going to be limited in that scenario, so he rightly moved elsewhere that he would be a first pick. I'm not saying for a minute that he's as good now as those players he was playing second fiddle to back then, but our team and the league in general has regressed in quality over the intervening years. At our level, at this moment in time it is a decent, and I would assume low cost deal.
  5. Watt, although he's never been prolific, and Cole will get us more goals if played centrally. Neither currently get the opportunity as they're being played out wide due to the fact that our current wingers are absolutely pish. Lawless is a decent player at the low to mid table end of the league, which is exactly where we're at. I can see him coming in and doing a job to help us out of trouble, and then being a bench option after Alexander gets a summer window and a chance to really put his own stamp on the squad. Perhaps not a marquee signing, but a pragmatic one which we know for definite is an improvement on what we currently have. Tbh, another couple of a similar nature, with a proven record of competence and workrate at this level to dig us out of the shit we're currently in, rather than gambling on the unknown would do me fine. This window is simply about steadying the ship and staying up. No glitz or glamour required, just guys who you know will dig in and fight, not sand dancers with multi coloured boots who will disappear when the going gets tough. Lawless fits that bill.
  6. Bit of a big ask to come up with a side when you want to omit half the playing squad, no matter how shite they may be, but I'll give it a go .!! Of those listed, I think you could field a 'functional' side by using only one of them (Crawford, whom I think hasn't been that bad at times), for the St Mirren game until Alexander has a chance to get some new bodies in. Every single one of them need to get their fingers out of their holes and up it to the levels they are capable of, but the following should be capable of competing with the teams around us including St Mirren, who have really impressed me in recent weeks. A draw tomorrow would be no bad thing to build from. Assuming that O'Hara is back and that, as reported, Alexander favors a 4-4-2, then - Kelly S.O.D. O'Hara Gallagher Carroll Crawford Campbell Polworth Maguire Watt Cole Should be enough to at least compete by upping their levels to either impress the new man, or help in their pursuit of the moves they are looking for during the window.
  7. Most of their goals today came on counter attacks , from general slack play and poor decision making from us , aided and abetted by some very questionable refereeing . Normally under the cosh for large periods in these fixtures , but possession was 50/50 , we just made far too many rash and naive decisions throughout the whole match and were punished accordingly . We were the better team in the first half and really had them on the back foot with lots of energy and pushing high up the park . To take the lead and then throw it away within a minute was criminal , they should have been chopped down in the middle of the park long before the ball made its way to Ajer . Gillespie never exactly covered himself in glory at the free kick either , every single person in the Cooper knew exactly where it was going before Griffiths had even placed the ball , and it wasn't even well struck . I'm sure we will go on to have a fairly solid mid-table season , and even dish out a few shoeing's to the team's around us along the way , but against the top 3 or 4 sides we need to be much , much better . Oh , and the terrorist glorifying really is horrible and sickening to listen to . Vile mob .
  8. Any joy we get today is going to be down Celtic's left hand side , if the new boy Bolingoli plays . It sounded like he had an absolute howler in their midweek game , and could be the weak link in their defence that we need to expose . There's no point in going gung-ho against them , but setting up positively and utilising our wide men down that side when chances arise could be our best bet . If we're up for it from the off I can see this being a close and entertaining encounter , and have a feeling we will take something from it . MTW
  9. mfcdez

    2019-20 Rebuild

    Just popped in for my periodical visit to enjoy the usual unbridled joy and optimism at our latest signing and , as ever , I've not been disappointed . Obviously Manzinga's pedigree and track record to date is somewhat questionable and uninspiring , but before him we have had Moult , Johnson and Kipre , from Wrexham , Kidderminster and Leicester u23's respectively and none of them worked out too badly . Sometimes a player just needs the right environment and coaching to find their spark and begin to fulfill their potential . I doubt very much that the coaching staff in any way have him pencilled in as our first pick number 9 and main goalscoring threat , more likely a low cost punt who may , just may , click in our setup ( both on and off the pitch ) and kick on to fulfill the early promise seen in him by a very prestigious European club . Moult , remember , was originally behind Wes Fletcher in the pecking order to start with , but grabbed his chance with both hands and became our most prolific striker in a long time and landed us a sizeable transfer fee , whilst Fletcher faded back to anonymity in the Welsh leagues . For the moment I will trust the judgement of the management and scouting team , and hope that his signing works out well and he is a valuable addition to the squad . Welcome young man , and best of luck .
  10. We move on . " It's magic you know , Aaaaaaaaaaaaalan Campbell " . It's all about the Lanarkshire Kante anyway .
  11. Oh Super Joe. Why did we let you go ? The bearded assassin.!!
  12. mfcdez

    retro kits

    Was recently gifted this immaculate 89/90 home shirt. Don't know much about its history, but think it's a genuine official squad shirt. Mate who gave it to me is from Hamilton and says his old man and Davie Coopers were friends, so likely from that connection, but don't think there's any real way of authenticating. Either way, I'm fkn delighted with it.
  13. Great 3pts that should have us looking up for the remainder of the season, rather than down. A couple of weeks ago Hibs and Livi looked out of sight, but the former are in meltdown just now with the Lennon situation, and the latter have levelled off a bit now after their early season run. Would love to see us chase them down to give a bit of interest, after the whole season looking a dead rubber following the Scottish Cup exit last week. Not a pretty 3pts, but a massive 3pts in terms of safety. The job is almost done, get it over the line in the next couple of games then I would be delighted to see some of our youngsters get decent game time in the remaining fixtures.
  14. Decent boost to our goal difference vs those around us tonight too, with Dundee and Accies both being soundly pumped as it stands. Win on Saturday a must to take full advantage.
  15. Ridiculously bad again today. Absolutely nothing going forward at all, no creative spark from midfield and forwards who couldn't score in the proverbial barrel of fannies. Robinsons' signings have to a man been poorer than what we already had, and along with the loss of Moult and Kipré have left us with a very low quality squad. One or two shrewd additions in the summer could have kicked us on, but instead the ridiculous 'strengthening' of 12-18 has absolutely fucked us. The managers refusal to admit his system isn't working is killing us. Anything less than, 2 wins in our next two outings could rightly see the end of his time with us. I will always be grateful for the two finals, but no man can live on past glories for ever.
  16. Delighted Turnbull is in and the return of Dunne is very welcome. Certainly changing things up a bit as he hinted at in his pre-match interview, and interested to see if we line up with the usual 352 or if Robinson has seen its not really been working and opted for 442.
  17. Would imagine this will be a tight affair lacking in any real quality , but hoping it's at least some way more entertaining than the shitfest that was the Livi game. Two teams on a poor run of form and don't see how the bookies can have us at evens and Saints at almost 3/1. The way we're going , no-one is a 3/1 shot against us. A great price that I'm sure many of their fans will be lumping on. We couldn't keep hens out a close, so a clean sheet seems unlikely , but will be glad to see Dunne return if he's back in, although it will take him time to get back match sharp and to the levels of last season. I'll have a punt on the even money, and a narrow 2-1 win would do for me.
  18. Predictability rating 10/10 . Chance to go two up and give ourselves something to defend passed up and , as sure as night follows day , we leak a couple of soft as shit goals straight after . Robinson is responsible for signing utter dross in the summer , and in turn they will be responsible for his inevitable emptying before December if there's not a miraculous turn in fortune very , very soon . Dundee ahead at Hamilton too compounding a poor day at the office .
  19. Using his limited resources to add a couple of quality additions to the starting 11 would by default have strengthened the 12-18 positions, and along with giving the youngsters knocking on the door more of a chance, should have been the way to go. Losing a few key players through transfers and long term injury has further proved his recruitment policy to be badly flawed. I actually like Robinson and want him to succeed, but his dealings this summer could ultimately be his own undoing if we can't string a few wins together very soon.
  20. Dear oh fucking dear. Hamilton are abysmal and came looking for a point from the off. We were chronically bad and let them waltz off with all three. So if Accies are abysmal, what does that say about us ? We amassed the bulk of our points early last season with our 'robust' style and by bodying teams all over the place. As the season went on, everyone else sussed us out pretty easily and the cup runs covered what was in fact an absolutely dire points return in the league from December on. Fast forward to now and Robinson has just tried to assemble another squad of exactly the same type of personnel, but without a little bit of class a la Moult to bail us out in shitfests like today. Danny Johnson did more in the last 20 mins against Hibs last week than Main and Sammon had done in the entire match, yet found himself back on the bench today. Speaks volumes of the managers bland hoofball shite. He keeps coming out with this 'Earn the right to play football' bollocks. - If you can't set up to be positive at home against a bottom 3-4 side at the very start of the season, when can you.? An awful lot of deficiencies to be remedied before last seasons good will quickly runs out for Mr Robinson.
  21. Johnson did more in the last 20 mins than the rest had done in the preceeding 70, so would be straight in my starting line up next week, one of the few positives to take from today. Not too disheartened as Hibs are a good side, and we're not the only team who will lose by a few at Easter Road this season. Early, early days and I'm sure when key players come back from injuries and suspensions we will be fine. Not yet convinced we've added enough quality to progress from last season, but time yet for a couple of signings that could kick us on.
  22. The blame for the shit Rodgers spouts lies at the door of the sycophantic tossers who pass as the media in this country. He comes out with crap week after week and not one single journalist has the balls to call him out on any of it. In recent his most recent interviews alone he's defended Browns' unsportsmanlike antics when Kipre got sent off, and actively tried to get Davies a heavier ban, by comparing offence to a red card of their own and suggesting the Ross Co player should be dealt with more harshly. Plays down his own teams faults and highlights those of others, after being on record saying he doesn't like to comment on other sides. A parody of himself indeed. Arsehole of the highest order who needs the press to give him a much rougher ride, like the ones the ladyboys give him. (Allegedly).
  23. The rebuild by Robinson surely has to be considered a success - to this point. Done a fantastic job of clearing the decks last summer and built a substantially more robust, physical, and competitive side than the lightweights he inherited from McGhee. Some signings haven't worked out, but with the number that came in, that was always going to be the case. Grimshaw has had little impact, Plummer is obviously made of glass, and although I don't think we'll be paying him particularly much, Petravicius is absolute humpty. As far as Bigi is concerned, his relative failure has been the biggest surprise and disappointment. Came with decent pedigree and was considered a coup for the club. Personally feel the style and formation favoured by Robinson has been detrimental to his chances. There's definitely a player in there, but our way of playing this year has meant strength over skill in the middle. Although not on the scale of last summer, there will be a number of comings and goings at the end of the season, and hopefully with a solid base from this current group and a few more creative additions, Bigi could remain and be a greater influence on a side that's more easy on the eye next time out. The football on the whole hasn't been pretty, and there have been a few eye-bleedingly bad performances, but at the end of the day we've had some memorable cup moments,( with more to hopefully come ), and amassed enough points to surely have us safe, so it's pretty much mission accomplished. As I say, I definitely feel there is nothing that can suggest the rebuild is anything other than a success til now, and the management will be well aware of which areas need addressed to progress further next season. (Which I'm sure they will immediately crack on with after the open top bus parade with the Scottish Cup on Sun 20th May.!!).
  24. Lack of cutting edge and poor final balls were really our undoing today. We had the most possession and forward play, but nothing came off for us up top. Ciftci was poor, Tanner held onto ball too long on a few occasions, when a pass was on, and although he saw a lot of the ball, Frear failed to put too many actual dangerous crosses in for Main to attack. The backline were again solid and not at fault for the goal, with Main losing the ball, and they handled most of what Killie threw at them pretty well. In the middle we really missed the dig and drive of Allan Campbell, and some of Bigi's play was rather erratic when he replaced Rose. All in all there was little between the teams, and I don't believe Killie are any better a side than us, rather that sometimes when you hit a run of results you carry luck and rub of the green as well, much like us earlier in the season. Dundee next week is a big game now with their win today meaning there are only 4 pts between us just now.

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