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  1. The African

    The Small-Medium Rebuild 2018'19

    It is a modern phenomenon. Back in the day, a footballer might end up with a testimonial andmakeenough money to buy a pub and then drink himself into an early grave. Newsagents shops or sports shops were also popular options. Now, at the top end,there are so many players on silly money, many could quite feasibly earn enough to be in a position where they never have to work again. As such, this is now seen as the industry norm rather than an option for the nth percent at the top of the game. Thus, if someone plying their tradein the SPL or say League One ( Third Division inold money) in Englanshire, isn’t getting themselves into that sort of financial position then they, or their agents, begin to think that something is not working quite right for them. The reality is that not that many are ever capable of reaching these financial heights and many that could get greedy and lose out with ill advised investments and tax avoidance schemes.
  2. 1:15am on Monday morning here in NZ. Might give it a miss asIhave anearly start for work.
  3. The African

    Gordon Banks

    There is no denying it is a great save. Greatest ever thoughis pure hyperbole. Still, that’s the English for you.
  4. The longer we can keep the run going,the better. We have had a rest and should be seriouslyup for this. A game we can win. Do so and we keep the feel good factor going for another few games. In terms of selection and tactics, same again please. We have found a way that works for us and see no reason to muck about with it for this fixture.
  5. The African

    The Small-Medium Rebuild 2018'19

    Cheers. Living out of the country for a few years makes it difficult to keep an eye on the bigger picture with regard to Scottish football, though one of the sports channels now shows an SPFL highlights show and the odd live game. You can get wall to wall EPL but it is not really my cup of tea.
  6. The African

    The Small-Medium Rebuild 2018'19

    Agreed. If his contract was up this year, you wonder if he would be getting a new deal. Unfortunately he has not looked the same player post injury.
  7. The African

    Who Stays And Who Goes?

    I think that the picture regarding next year’s squad is becoming clearer, but that it does depend as much upon what the out of contract players wish to do, as what he club wants to do. It seems pretty obvious that ATS and Newell are going. I would offer new deals to Gorrin, Grimshaw, Main, McHugh and Cadden., on the assumption that not all of them will take up the offer. The players on loan are a different situation. I would love to see us sign up Aldred andthink that we have seen enough in Ariyibi to at least try and get an extension to his loan period. If we manage that, then we may not need Frear. McCormack would need to get fit and prove himself this season before Iwould consider extending his stay and, while not a hater, Sammon will surely be gone as soon as the loan period is up. The Tanner situation is all dependent on his recovery but, if he passes the necessary physical tests, I would be pleased to see him offered a new deal, both on the grounds that we know he has potential and the moral standpoint of helping an injured employee get back into the game. I forgot about Mbulu. I would say he has potential so, as long as he is happy to be patient and learn his trade, he is worth another deal.
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    My Dad told me Johnny Aitkenhead took the p*ss out of Corky Young at Ibrox in this manner in the early 1950s. Different game then, only posting to prove to my Dad that I was listening.
  9. The African

    The Small-Medium Rebuild 2018'19

    Seems an odd place to be strengening unless others are moving on. Is he any good?
  10. The African

    Robinson... How Do We Think He's Doing ?

    Anything is possible if we an keep our run going. We have a small break now to regroup and try not to get too far ahead of ourselves. Eight games until the split, so one game at a time and see what we can achieve.
  11. The African

    Robinson... How Do We Think He's Doing ?

    We have a series of tougher fixtures coming up, soI would suggest that any talk of sixth place is premature if not fanciful. Having said that, we are now surely safe and can hopefully pick up enough points to finish well away from trouble. I also think that we can see that the decision not to take a knee jerk reaction and change manager mid season has even vindicated. Am I right in saying that all the teams now below us have all ditched their managers this season?
  12. The African

    2018/19 game 25: St Mirren (A) Wednesday 6th February

    Great result. Good character showing to come back and score the winner so quickly after their equaliser.
  13. The African

    2018/19 game 25: St Mirren (A) Wednesday 6th February

    Important fixture ( aren’t they all?) and we need to keep our feet on the ground and get a result. Our good run has been against sides around us or below us in the league. This is tha last of these before we start a run against sides higher up the ladder. If we can keep building the momentum of the past few games, who knows what we may achieve? The wheels will come off at some stage, but hopefully not in this fixture.
  14. The African

    Carson or Gillespie

    If both fit and well, probably Carson. A decision will have to be made in the summer though, as I doubt either will be happy to play second fiddle for too long. Will we be able to secure a nice fee for either? Not the worst problem to have though.
  15. The African

    2018/19 Game 24: Livingston (H) Saturday 2nd February

    Wise words mate!

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