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McKissock

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  1. Bad defending from Tav. Lost a bit of intensity here.
  2. If we really want it there’s another 2 or 3 goals here for us.
  3. Never understood the level of flack he takes. An able squad member who’s got plenty experience at a good level.
  4. Lack of an end product is frustrating. Gets in good positions and wastes them a bit too often. Even more so because sometimes he looks the part and does the right things.
  5. Should be unchanged from the Motherwell game. Maybe Barisic or Halliday in at left back.
  6. You only need to look at how people write off Middleton to see we don't really learn any lessons in this sense. That isn't to say he should be above criticism, there should just be a level of understanding where if a youngster starts to struggle then they need some time out of the limelight (as Gerrard has done with Middleton). Having read that article, it's easy to forget too that last season was McCrorie's first. Also if Aidan Wilson wants to become Matthijs de Ligt that would be great.
  7. That trophy is brutal.
  8. I think one thing that's maybe been dispelled during the Pedro spell was that he deserved a bit of a free pass for having Warburton's players. When he signed his own players he couldn't get the team playing. If you look at the likes of Heckingbottom at Hibs - it's done him no harm not having his own players. Same goes for Steve Clarke when he first joined Killie IIRC. In fact, wasn't his first game Pedro's last? Anyway, I can't agree that there's much of a comparison between Gerrard and Pedro at all. Pedro should have been out the door by the start of his first full season and he should have been gone after Luxembourg.
  9. He's right, but it's not anything new is it? I think folk would be less dismissive of him if he was offering something different in his comments but it's just another ex-player piling in on Morelos. There's enough of that already - from people who would probably be quite happy if he didn't clean up his act.
  10. Would be mad to let Arfield go IMO. Unless we had serious talent coming in to replace him. We were crying out for quality like him since we returned to the SPL - quality midfielder, at the right age who had held his own in the Premiership and wasn't coming here to call it in for a wage. When Arfield is out of the team we look so one dimensional from midfield. I would absolutely accept he's had dips in form, but his quality is unquestionable for me - especially having seen him operate as a kind of inside right/inside left forward the last couple of games too. I think he'll be even better next year and if we can improve the quality around him he'll thrive. I would note that 3-5m on a guy at 30 who we signed on a freebie and on decent wages wouldn't be bad business, but I don't think we'd ably replace his experience and ability for that price without some form of risk (ie would take time to settle - a guy who hasn't played in this league, for a club this size or is fairly inexperienced etc etc.)
  11. Wanted the guy gone at the end of last season - purely based on what I felt was a lack of quality, couldn't be happier for the way things have turned around for him.
  12. Probably the right decision keeping Flanagan in. Hastie will likely try to cut in onto his left, will be cutting onto Flanagan’s stronger right side.
  13. It's a minor gripe, but Jack's final ball/killer pass lets him down at times. I realise that's not why he's in the side but when he plays a more advanced role it often breaks down.
  14. Hopefully the boy comes back, stays injury free and has a good pre-season. Then we can see whether he’s worth keeping on or binning. The way Gerrard talks about who he can trust etc in the squad, you have to wonder how he’s going to treat the loan guys when they return - whether they’re going to get a shot or if they’ll be off regardless. Are any of the guys on loan much of an upgrade on what we have? I’m not sure.
  15. I’d have originally said no for the fact that his contract was pretty substantial for a guy in the twilight of his career. That post is a pretty strong case, though. I’d maybe throw McLeish in there for discussion. His trophy haul, and the two titles he gave us were incredible. Obviously had a couple of stinkers too, though.
  16. McKissock

    Katic

    Have said on here before, but I think we've got three maybe four good options as center backs. McAuley is probably past it now, tbf. They could and should be improved upon, as we should always be looking to do so but there isn't much between Katic and Worrall. Both lack that elite level of consistency that we probably need to be champions at the moment - perhaps because of their age/how many games they've played in their career/first time at a club this size? There's a few variables but both fall slightly short with distribution and concentration. I'm a bit surprised at the amount of abuse our defense has taken for Sunday's result tbh, playing for the majority of the game with ten men in our hardest away game and barring one chance for Sinclair and the eventual calamity from Tav, they mostly just threatened from set pieces. We looked pretty comfortable, probably more comfortable after going down to ten tbh.
  17. Enjoyed this interview. It's always interesting listening to guys like Bob Malcolm and Mo Ross - being in the youth sides when 9-in-a-row was happening and then trying to make the transition into the first team when the club was buying players constantly.
  18. I think management probably have to shoulder some of the blame regardless. Some of the stuff written about the guy has been unfair, but it does feel like we've been a bit lenient with him. It probably shouldn't take five reds for a manager to get to the end of his tether - but it's not exactly cut and dry considering the amount Alfredo contributes to us.
  19. I think the biggest thing for me is that he's clearly aware of how important these games are to the fans and the club - you could tell that by how he celebrated in December. There's no question he'll have been reminded in the build up about the importance of keeping the head, etc etc etc but he's still gone and got himself sent off. Perhaps an even better example of how monumentally stupid it is on a more personal note for him is how it may impact upon his international career. It's not hugely relevant to us, but for a guy who's just been away with his country and with a chance to make an impression on the national team manager, he's made an absolute cunt of it. Considering he's not long back from the set up, that is nothing short of lunacy. He'll come back and probably play in the final games of the season and he'll have my support, but this leaves a sour taste. Going forward it's going to be interesting to see how he responds - if he's even going to be here long enough to respond. I suspect he will be but I've not seen any signs that he's going to be able to improve his temperament. What's even worse is the abhorrent piece published in the daily mail on the eve/morning of the old firm match which compared him to having "chimp brain" in relation to him not being able to learn his lessons. All of this has completely overshadowed the article which should have been ripped to bits for outright racism.
  20. Suggesting this is what angered people is disingenuous at best, dishonest at worst. People are angered by the fact the woman referenced our club and domestic abuse, the way that's phrased makes it sound like people are annoyed she mentioned us losing football matches. The whole thing is fucking weird. Someone in her position surely knows that there's a real problem with domestic abuse in the aftermath of football matches, and quite probably of other sports too - be it from a fan or someone who's participating. That type of thing can fly under the radar. To suggest that the general perception of domestic abuse is that it's something which occurs "after X football team loses" is fucking ridiculous. Regardless of whether she'd mentioned our club or not, it's simply not how the general public perceives domestic violence.
  21. The crucial stat for me was circulated recently about how many last minute goals we've conceded, and how many they've scored. The points won and lost there show where the difference is made and one of the most important elements to that is how the scum were able to have a squad which was largely settled before rogers came in, players were able to acclimatise to winning trophies and an expectant fan base without any hint of a challenge. They have that, then they spent to add quality with players and the manager. Our squads, on the other hand, have had to learn it the hard way. We've been constantly overhauling for too long - I think a second season for many of the current crop of players will stand them in good stead and what we need now are players who will help drag others up to their level. We've not really got a game changer in the middle and we all know it. It seemed Gerrard's main candidate for that in January was Keiran Dowell before he went to Sheffield United on loan - I hope we're looking for a more experienced option and that this was a more short-term approach, which was fine as a gamble to see if it could get us over the line. In the summer this position can't be filled by a gamble. That's going to go a long way to help force us over the line. If Morelos or Kent don't do something special, and Arfield is injured, we really lack that extra threat from midfield.
  22. I'd be taking Candeias off and getting Defoe on immediately, he's had a very poor game.
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