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  1. Irn Bru Cup semi final

    The competition has provided almost zero interest to me apart from a potential away trip in Ireland or Northern Ireland. Excited for the draw tomorrow, last chance saloon.
  2. NICK ROSS Trialist

    I dont bother with dots. I doubt he would currently break into the first 11 at the moment however it is a squad game. I would say, we are very light in the central midfield position. At the moment we only have Vigurs, Polly and Trafford. Vigurs and Polworth are likely to pick up suspensions and niggles along the season so a strong squad is critical if we want to be successful. I would rather bin Cooper and bring in Ross who can cover both wide and central midfield position, especially now Doran is fit again. Also his flexibility may allow us opportunity to change formation during games. However, this is all dependant on him accepting a squad players wage, which is perhaps unlikely.
  3. Hang on, Yogi was crying in the press saying he wanted a bigger budget to push the club onto the next level. That's why he took the huff and put himself in an impossible position. Really, which level does he expect a club with 2000 hardcore supporters. Well down to Cameron for standing up to his nonsense. Deep down we all knew the success wasn't sustainable, however the rate of the decline was more of a shock. The timing of our success was excellent, it was masterminded at the same time whilst the Edinburgh clubs and Rangers were struggling. To finish 3rd or 4th in the Premiership is much tougher than a few years back.
  4. Livi Away

    Times the meet up?
  5. Stadium Improvements/Enhancing the Crowd

    Regarding the pies. If it is a seasons contract and the club sells to the highest bidder. From the sales of the pies on a match day, does any finance filter back to the club? If not, the quality of pies isn't really a major problem for the club. The bar I presume would be much more worthwhile to focus on to attract extra revenue. Perhaps a free bus from town that arrives at 1.30pm and leaves at 6pm. Gets punters into the bar and spending cash. Even get the youth teams minibus and shuttle run from 1pm onwards.
  6. Contracts - Who to get tied up?

    Since he and tremarco have returned into the full back positions their experience has really helped solidify the defence. I have no idea what the financial situation is but unless Seedorf returns a much improved player we will be significantly weakened.
  7. IRN BRU CUP

    Crusaders away please
  8. John Hughes and the board who backed him. He stretched our finances unnecessarily, then put himself in an untenable position knowing fine he would require to be paid until further employment was found, forcing us into converting Forans playing contract into a managerial one. Foran wasn't ready but was never going to turn down the offer.
  9. Captain

    People question where things have gone wrong for ICT. Obviously there are many deep rooted problems. This may be a strong statement with no evidence to back it up but I feel Vigurs has a massive negative influence on the team. The team is completely shot of confidence, we need a leader who leads by example by busting a gut, tackling, snarling around as well as encouraging and lifting those around him. What I see if Vigurs barking at refs, his own players and letting others do his job for him. The togetherness has gone, this has disappeared since his arrival at the club. I don't blame it all on him, but perhaps he has had a massive impact on that noticeable shift.
  10. Inverness CT -V- QOS

    Players with no heart is the major concern. Like others have mentioned, we have signed journeymen who are used to lurching from one club to another, more interested in their own egos. We used to gamble on young hungry players untested at this level. They had hunger, this lot are stuck in a rut. The togetherness within the dressing room appears to have gone. I would happily go to games knowing the players have given their all for the club and each other. Last week made it evident several players do not care one bit. It makes it hard to feel a bond with such players. I will still go to games in hope more than anything else for a change, but with each passing game, I fear the situation with these players will simply end in disaster for the club.
  11. Unhealthy diets/poor fitness levels

    I take your point Charles, however within the squad, i would hazard a guess that only Mulreany could use his muscle fibres as an excuse for a lack of stamina. Even before the sending off, the Dumbarton players were seeing out the game comfortably whilst our bunch were blowing out their hoops. No excuses for that. Hard work and application required during the week and training intensity needs to be upped several levels.
  12. Unhealthy diets/poor fitness levels

    Despite the problem that is Vigurs, the point still stands. As professionals they all should be able to last a 90 min game. However we have no recognised centre mid on the bench to challenge for their positions. Perhaps Seedorf or Calder could play in there, but in all honesty, I am clutching.
  13. Unhealthy diets/poor fitness levels

    I would, partly due to the formation with no recognised wide man on the right hand side as Bell was asked to play up front but cover right when we lost the ball. Also the usual problem of covering for a central midfielder who lacks mobility. Unfortunately we have no-one of any standard to challenge for his position, so he can stroll through games barking at refs and players while others pick up his runners.
  14. Unhealthy diets/poor fitness levels

    Bell, making a step up you can account for at the moment. Tremarco back after a long injury as well. The rest, that was embarrassing. Polly and Trafford were running on empty, is was obvious. There is something far wrong that full time footballers can't last 90 minutes, especially against Dumbarton and after a first half were we had the majority of the ball and playing with lite intensity with it.
  15. Dumbarton -V- Inverness CT

    That was a disaster. We seemed in control at the start of the match, lots of time and space on the ball. However we lacked urgency, a st mirren or pars team would have destroy them when the opportunity arose. Not us, vigurs and Trafford strolled about. Our full backs didn't push on we were happy to sit on a 1-0 lead. Second half, they pressed and harried and bullied. We dissolved. Once we conceded. Players went hiding, midfielder not moving for a pass, strikers passing rather than shooting, defenders who are unable to defend. A horrible combination. One extremely worrying thing is the lack of fitness, bell died on his feet, as did Trafford, tremarco and Polly. Our bench offers little, we have no CM. Our defenders on the bench are worse than the awful defenders already on pitch. Even more worrying is the lack of resilience in the side. The players are passing responsibility, shirking tackles, not making runs. A horrible combination when you combine it with players who are not particularly good. Only pass marks for me were OFW, Bell (even though he ran out of gas) and Warren (despite getting sent off for diving). At least he had the gonads to make a run into the opposition box and take players on. Ooft I'm stressed.