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  1. Can confirm 100% what has been said already about County/Macgregor and those player wages. Since 2012 County have signed on average 7 players every transfer window and this summer have gone the full hog and signed a whole new team almost of English League 1/ 2 standard players. This comes at a hefty price ofcourse, but thats nothing for a guy who personal wealth puts him in the Top 100 wealthiest people in Scotland list Also, since 2012 Macgregor has financed the build of 2 new stands, extension of existing Stand, relaying of a new pitch AND draining system, brand new hospitality area and t
    8 points
  2. I've got to say that I've never been so concerned about our football club. Granted, I was dreaming when I thought that the Cup success would improve our gate and attractiveness to players, but I'm really disappointed that we haven't managed to solidify our position (note: not "go to the next level" which is both a horrible expression and a pipe dream) and to make reasonable signings to replace the inevitable departure of our best players. Irreplaceable? Maybe in the short term, but there must be some rough diamonds out there as Watkins and Mckay proves! Instead, we are exactly where we were:
    7 points
  3. I'm keen for this deal to go through.
    5 points
  4. McGregor can afford Mackay, County cant, they are living way beyond their means, but as long as moneybags stumps up they will still pay more than us.
    3 points
  5. There's no point in talking down any of our players - we have a paper - thin squad, like several of the other teams in this league. Last season, we escaped long-term injuries in areas where we lacked depth - this season so far has been the opposite. We've got several new players up front, and it's not surprising they aren't on the same wavelength - too soon to write them off as bad players I'd say. Likewise, the youngsters who come in need time to find their roles in the team. For now, I'm worried - but not surprised, and I'm sure as hell not booing anybody.
    2 points
  6. Couldn't disagree more. He's put in a solid graft since he's come into the team, and shown flashes of quality. If he was 28 and had 400 games under his belt, fair enough. But we're talking about an inexperienced 20 year old who's barely had any first team football. Of course he's going to make mistakes. Give the lad a break. He's only going to get better.
    2 points
  7. I'm sure we'd all like to wish him all the best on his return to Scottish football. Break a leg, Billy.
    2 points
  8. Ok then. Two of our most valued assets have walked away from the club for absolutely nothing. Not only have we missed out on a transfer fee for both, our board and their belief in short contracts have made sure that we did not get reimbursed for the time and resource spent on their development. Both players have moved to direct rivals within the same division. We have replaced 4 players from a cup winning squad with players that have never played at this level and unsurprisingly they are struggling We have no striker, needed one since Billy left... Christ we needed one before Billy left
    2 points
  9. BUT. If we keep him fer the season, get spondoolachs up front, negotiate some "extras" for the future and add a striker loan into the basket ?
    2 points
  10. The whole striker situation is rather concerning. We lost Billy in January and knew we would be losing Marley at the end of last season, so there has been plenty of time to seek replacements. A few weeks ago Yogi said that by having signed Lopez and Mutombo our signings for front men was completed. No sooner was he saying that than suddenly we are in panic mode begging the Chairman to release funding to sign a much needed striker. The transfer window will be shutting soon and whilst teams around us seem to be able to make decent signings, we are still searching. I dread to think what th
    2 points
  11. Must admit that i'm getting a bit concerned, in fact a big bit concerned, Yogi said on TV tonight that is was quite a problem getting players to come to Scotland, and that the last target didn't want to come here. Now other teams have managed this, so it is Inverness? But players sign for Dungwell (albeit they all live in Inverness). So why the hassle? Also other teams seem to attract players of a decent standard on loan, given our horrendous injury situation why cant we go down the loan route to help us out?
    2 points
  12. One of the real concerns I see is that so many of our players are on contracts only to the end of this season. Had we started off this season as we had last season, then the prospect of another good finish in the league and perhaps another taste of Europe next year, would have seen us in a much stronger position to retain our current players and attract new players. Hopefully our injury crisis will ease soon, our new recruits will demonstrate that they can perform at this level and we will start to make progress up the table. However, if we have not turned things round by the end of the yea
    1 point
  13. Speculate : To take a chance on something, or some course of action, without any firm evidence to support it. Yeah, that sounds like a really intelligent way to run a club/business
    1 point
  14. Meekings should be back in contention for Hearts. He'll be back in full training next week. Not all bad news !
    1 point
  15. 1 point
  16. And John Collins wonders why their is no competition in the league?
    1 point
  17. I'll chip in as one of the people who introduced the £1 fee for CJT membership. IMHO it's a bit of a red herring to put increasing the membership fee as a means of subsidising the buses, which have always been "challenging" to administer and fund. The £1 membership fee was introduced as a means of democratising the trust (as it was then) by increasing the membership. This has happened and CJT should now reflect the opinion of a significant proportion of our support who are members and therefore engaged in their supporters trust. If all of those members were to pay the £10 fee mooted above, the
    1 point
  18. I would grab it only if there is a resale clause etc there as well. If Christie has a good season and continues to develop Celtic will have a very valuable asset on their hands. Celtic of course are taking a risk that Christie does not develop much further or gets injured but then that is reflected in the price. If a deal was for Christie to go now, then we should be looking at a 7 figure sum. In very simplistic terms, we would, in effect be paying half a million for his services this season if this deal goes through. He is good but he's not that good and we need to have a guarantee of be
    1 point
  19. Really gutted to learn of Doran's injury. He's been one of the most creative players we have had in the club in the last few years and has scored a decent number of goals. He is also very good at pulling defenders out of position and creating space for team mates. It is all very well looking for a striker but you need to have players who can create the chances for the strikers in the first place. He is going to be a huge miss for us.
    1 point
  20. So what should be worn Mr Fashion Policeman?
    1 point
  21. If I find any of you wearing an ICT top with your jeans like this nugget you will be mocked. And possibly have a pie thrown at you.
    1 point
  22. ...and this once again raises the issue of players' value. We sell him to Wigan for ~£150k on tghe back of a couple of seasons in which he scores >20 goals in each and, following a handful of games and no goals (I think) in 6 months at Wigan, his value has apparently gone UP by 1/3rd! While I understand that value is based on many factors, including length of contract remaining etc, I can't help thinking that ICT are seen as a soft touch in the transfer market.
    1 point
  23. Might be prudent to wait until the story appears in a newspaper before giving any weight to it.
    1 point
  24. With the obvious exception of Hearts, it's effectively Premiership-seeded and 'lower league'-unseeded. Privately, I'd imagine all the seeded clubs will be wanting to avoid Hearts. I'd like a home tie against our old foes, Livingston! Just looked back, and it's ten seasons since we last played them! (2005/06 SPL) Apologies for the formatting shambles in the OP! (wouldn't have happened on the 'old' interface!)
    1 point
  25. The resignation of Stephen House as Police Scotland Chief Constable further highlights the complete turmoil in which this vital public service finds itself. There is no need to go through the by now well known chapter of disasters which have emerged and of course must be added to the similarly shambolic state of heatlh, education, transport and a lot more.... all on the SNP's watch which is now of eight years' duration. As the first anniversary of the referendum approaches, it is of course far too much to expect the SNP to admit that, while they indulged themselves exclusively in their singul
    -1 points
  26. While we are struggling, is it really that bad? We competed over 2 games with Astra, away draw with St J at a ground where we historically have struggled, lost at Parkhead against the best team in the country by a long way. The Hamilton game was a disappointment and the display poor but they put 4 past Dundee Utd only the wk before and for 20 mins we were all over them - if given our makeshift team we can compete and narrowly loose to a team fielding its strongest 11 who look crap then I think there is hope. I think we need to get Draper back alongside Tansey in the middle as both look out of
    -2 points
  27. Let's just hope Queen of the South don't get promoted this season as it's my favourite away game.
    -2 points
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