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  1. bilkobear

    Collymore the pisshead on the attack

    I don't think it ever was as simple as that. If you want to go down the road of proportional representation, then Celtc would today mostly be a Protestant club in much the same way that Hibernian are. Simple demographics would have insisted upon such a development. However, Celtc at every level of employment for all of their existence have totally turned proportional representation on its head. As for Rangers, we signed RC's freely more or less until three things kicked in. One was the success of Celtc and the aspirations of young Catholics who were good enough to play for Rangers wanting only instead to play for Celtc, the second was RC schools separating them in their football development and the third was the Great War where the 1916 Easter Rising was seen as a betrayal and caused a rift that wasn't easily mended between the Roman Catholic Irish in Scotland and the host Protestant population. In the end Rangers had no need to waste time upon chasing after good footballers from what was a very small part of the population. This evolved into no RC's in the Rangers side.
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    However, I would take the hit of say 500,000 to stay more competitive for the rest of the season. I rate Tavs, but the sums being bandied around are 1 to 2 million, and I would rather balance the books by winning trophies than selling one of our best-attacking assets and most entertaining performers.
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    This is nuts. As supporters we have become less interested in the team and how it entertains us, and more embroiled in bean counting. Tavs is a tremendous watch in full flow. He has eighteen months on his contract, we can sell him in the summer after we have lifted the Scottish Cup and run the Filth into the ground chasing the league title which is still there to be contested. Give yourself a break as a football supporter and enjoy it.
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    This. Tavs is a real asset. Get the defending sorted out at a team level, keep McCroie as the defensive midfielder. learn to dominate the middle of the park, and there will be no need to point fingers at Tavs when we lose goals. He is an attacking fullback, but he also needs to play in a side that is used to his movement and has a settled way of playing that defends together as a unit. Too often we have had a back four isolated from the midfield and too often it is the defence that has taken all of the blame for our defensive errors, whilst the midfield area has been overrun by average teams.
  5. bilkobear

    Did We Miss a Trick With Davie Moyes?

    Murty has the rest of the season. So it will be an exercise in suck it and see for us. So far he has had a successful break and a good transfer window. If he gets Docherty and another striker over the line, and perhaps moves on some deadwood, then things will be interesting. I remain hopeful.
  6. bilkobear

    Did We Miss a Trick With Davie Moyes?

    To be fair as I have no pwobwem pronouncing my 'r' s, it threw me. Yes, Big Rob was a letdown. As a rookie centre back, he was a good footballer for a defender, how was I to know that he was going to be unable to learn pitch geography? In the end he just didn't improve his positioning and reading of the game. Rob had the physical attributes, the courage and determination as well as the football skills to make you think, wow a natural centre-half. However, sadly, he was like a blind man in the desert when it came to knowing where he was in a defensive situation. How was I to know Big Wob was incapable of improvement? Warburton and Weir didn't! So I will give you that. I still hope you are wrong about Murty. He is a good and decent man, and good and decent things should happen to good and decent men. That is my philosophy.
  7. bilkobear

    Did We Miss a Trick With Davie Moyes?

    Eh, I don't think I was standing alone waxing about Warburton, in fact in his first season.....who wasn't standing alongside me .....eh you excepted I suppose? Warburton for a limited period gave us some wonderful experiences. He truly was worth waxing lyrical about. Then he became exposed and trapped in his own arrogance, and well....the rest is history. Murty is a different prospect entirely, he has been shoehorned into the position and in management terms, is most certainly an unknown quantity, eh again....... you excepted I suppose? Maybe he will surprise us, and I hope he does. Your certainty that he won't, your unwavering confidence that in this you are right, reminds me of another person already mentioned, but I am sure you are way ahead of me already.
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    Did We Miss a Trick With Davie Moyes?

    I really don't know if that is correct. Perhaps he has the capacity to grow into the role. Called upon to deliver under such demanding circumstances, is it a surprise that he will make misplaced steps as walks the walk? There is much about the man that I like, there is much about the man that is worthy, and there is perhaps much about him we have yet to see, maybe even positive and strong elements of his own character that he himself is as yet unaware of. I wasn't that excited about Walter taking over from Souness, and I wasn't alone, however, like the rest I was totally wrong, and how. Perhaps you are wrong now, I certainly hope that you are.
  9. I watched Peter Crouch as a young player at QPR. I was amazed back then at how poor he was in the air, and yet also surprised at how good he was with the ball at his feet. I predicted he would go onto play for England if he could improve in the air, he did both. Hardie has always impressed me when I have seen him at a lower level. The question is can he make the step up? However, it isn't easy to impress when you get thrown into a game like today when we are chasing the game. Morelos should have been kept on, he wasn't having a great game, but he was still totally involved and working the Hamilton back line. We should have simply taken Windass off, put Hererra on, and started going a bit more direct with three potential goalscorers around the eighteen-yard box.
  10. I don't see Miller as a starter in any case. I would prefer to see him coming on for the last thirty minutes when his legs are fresh and his opponents are beginning to tire. Today would have been the perfect game for Miller to be thrown on, rather than the inexperienced Hardie. Young Hardie needs to be given a baptism that isn't part of a rescue package.
  11. Miller was poor today. He doesn't get close enough to Morelos often enough, and his habit of dropping deep does the opposition's job for them, it just allows them to double up on Morelos when the ball is played forward.
  12. See, I knew you had it in you.
  13. Probably a lot of truth here. Too many of us lack patience. These are trying times, but howling at every setback like teenage girls doesn't help anyone.
  14. The quality in the midfield is lacking. We don't have a player who can make a pass forward into dangerous space without taking an extra touch that compromises the runner. Midfield is the problem.