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  1. A well done to everyone at the club for a good try at that playoff system; theres a reason nobody has done it yet. Never quite worked out although St Johnstone coming out the blocks after a half time roasting ought to have been obvious. They also get their bit of luck and then chasing it too late after all the games played; players injured etc But another learning process on the journey back to premier league football. Hopefully that journey can move quicker and more purposefully. A lot will depend on squad additions. Going up not ready would just result in what has happened to Dundee. This co
    6 points
  2. WellI enjoyed my first season contributing to this forum and respect all other views and opinions even if I don't always agree with them. I think we all have a passion for ICT and want to see them in the Premiership. There is no doubt many mistakes were made this year in team selection at times and tactics,but we seemed to get through that period and more or less be on the same page as we came up the home straight. Mid season we all (me included) questioned the will and committment of the team and quire rightly so,but these last dozen or so games they have risen to the challenge and done them
    5 points
  3. If nothing else comes from the efforts of the last six games at least we will have made some decent extra cash and hopefully reignited the stay away fans.
    5 points
  4. I hope that the club offers some sort of contract to Shane, or, at the very least, makes all its resources available to him for his rehabilitation. There's a moral obligation to do so.
    5 points
  5. Congratulations to caleycallum but, even more importantly, thanks yet again to Gringo for his time and effort, a marathon effort this season, to allow us, even those of us who always come nowhere, to have a bit of additional fun throughout the season. Greatly appreciated Gringo.
    3 points
  6. What are we like. Reaching the play offs and giving us the belief we could do this. Beating the odds in the 4th match of the play offs at Arbroath and out of it at half time in the first leg against StJohnstone! Only to still be in it level with a great chance of promotion at the start of the 2nd half of the 6th and final play off game of the season! Nobody can say we didn’t give it our best attempt. Well done all !
    3 points
  7. Agreed FJ. Also new young supporters. My daughter (11) attended a game for the first time and 4 goals on friday in the first leg including an exciting finale on the night left her asking when we could go again. Work commitments yesterday meant we couldn't go down last night to Perth but I have now promised her an away trip next season v the Rangers which she is buzzing about ( sunny Cove that is)
    3 points
  8. We may well use the group stage matches as our pre-season matches again. I hope not, though, as it would be good to get through the group stages this time round.
    2 points
  9. What a rollercoaster of a season. A great start, albeit a bit flattering, a dire middle, then a great finish to make the play offs. Over the two legs, St Johnstone deserved to win, but it could have been so different had we not lost the second goal or if Doran had pulled one back. I wanted us to win and get promoted but, being totally honest, I was concerned that we could be the whipping boys next season unless we got our recruitment spot on. I hope we can use the last two months as a foundation for next season, and strengthen our squad as well as replacing those key players we
    2 points
  10. For what it's worth, I disagree with those who suggest that Rooney was wrong to celebrate his goal so enthusiastically. These days players often have a dozen or more clubs in the course of their careers and, in my opinion, only owe loyalty to the club that they are playing for at any one time. Rooney was fully committed when he played for us and we miss him badly. However, he has been a St Johnstone player now for a number of seasons and a very influential one at that. He is perfectly entitled to celebrate with his team mates and in front of his own fans without intending or showing
    2 points
  11. I was saying to a few folk last night I was torn about wanting to go up. Obviously for the better exposure, ability to attract or retain more / better players, bigger crowds and the clear financial benefits you want us to go up. But on the flip side you have rubbish kick off times, multiple midweek rounds of fixtures and shockingly expensive tickets amongst other things. Whilst I am disappointed at not going up there is a (very) small part of me that is at ease with the thought of 3 pm games most Saturdays and arguably better away days than some of the matches in the Premiership.
    2 points
  12. I totally agree. I think he has learned loads this season
    2 points
  13. I’ve seen a lot of folk saying we need a target man for the long balls. I really hope we don’t go down this route. When we play it on the deck we’ve got the players to win this league and it’s much better to watch. just a personal preference but what’s the point of having creative midfielders if our defence just misses them out. Hope we can find a good replacement for Kirk broadfoot. He’s been a bit of a rock this season.
    2 points
  14. CTO REPORT That's it for another season from CTO Editorial Team. Grateful thanks to Iain for all the PotY Polls and Eric, who despite being unwell has worked tirelessly behind the scenes updating the stats. A truly mind numbing task, especially with nine subs now to be added. With these guys working mostly in the background that enables me to churn out Previews and Reports. If you enjoyed them, I'm tm4tj, if not then I'm CaleyD (Disclaimer. Only joking) See you next season.
    2 points
  15. The "highlights" are on YouTube. Needless to say I won't be watching them.
    2 points
  16. Congratulations to Wngwie for having the only correct answer in the poll. His reward in the opportunity to watch Cove Rangers next season on four occasions. As for the over optimistic rest of us, our consolation prize is the opportunity to watch Cove Rangers on four occasions next season.
    2 points
  17. I was just going to use this thread to ask the same question and then ask who you'd keep and release etc so I will let you post thoughts on that :)? We know we've lost McAlear, Chalmers and Hardy back to their parent clubs and Kirk confirmed on Radio AND TV that he's leaving which is no surprise. John Robertson did state before the match that he's been in England scouting which is good because we certainly needed to strengthen and increase the squad no matter what league we ended up in. Imho, if we do keep the nucleus of this squad and add to it that we're well capable o
    2 points
  18. I've never understood this way of thinking. It's surely more disrespectful not celebrating for the club that you play for and pays your wages.
    2 points
  19. Great to see the new format. I was getting heartily sick of being beaten by Hearts at Tynecastle. Would be great to to make more progress in one of the major cup competitions than we seem to have in recent years.
    1 point
  20. I have no idea how long Sutherland will be out for, but we must stand by him and offer him new terms.
    1 point
  21. I'm not on the testimonial committee but I'm told there will be later on in the year.
    1 point
  22. Definitely more away days closer for me with us in Championship
    1 point
  23. Well done to her and to you. It may not be what she might have been expecting but I am sure that she will find a visit to the Balmoral Stadium a much more pleasant experience than being abused and pelted with goodness knows what in the away section at Ibrox.
    1 point
  24. Absolute idiots. Silly young boys demonstrating that they have a lot of growing up still to do. If I was a St Johnstone fan I would have been cringing with embarrassment at these thoroughly juvenile but still, for some, very intimidating antics.
    1 point
  25. Haven't watched the highlights yet, but TBF to Chalmers, the guy he loses, ends up in the middle of where our two CB's should be, although that was between Deas and Devine so not sure where Broadfoot was. I should have put money on bloody Stevie 'he hasn't scored in 24 games' May scoring. The absolute killer was that deflected shot. Anyway...I think a real plus from this season of this season is the re-emergence of a large crew of young/new/vocal supporters, which if they can be encouraged to keep coming next season will be both a financial and motivation boost for the team. Looki
    1 point
  26. I always thought Rooney was a crap RB but very good going forward
    1 point
  27. I here what your saying, but it would be nice to have the option of a big guy, who might hold the ball up, or knock on for guys like Samuels to play-off... and be in the middle for crosses from the wings, because for all their qualities it's asking a lot for guys like Mckay, Samuels, Hardy to take on CB's bigger and stronger for 90+mins. Let's be fair for certain games where we were under pressure like Arbroath away and St Johnstone, the ball is going to get hoofed. I was thinking how last year Todorov won so many headers for us. Obviously not always easy to get a big guy who isn't just a cart
    1 point
  28. That group is actually quite menacing? All dressed in black with 2 of the flares ( as you can see actual flares) thrown at stewards. Then covered up their faces with the flags pretty sharpish too. I don't know if it was the fact this game felt so much but the normal friendly ST J/ICT atmosphere wasn't there.
    1 point
  29. Inverness stay put It was a winner takes all game tonight after a dramatic 2-2 draw at the Caledonian Stadium on Friday night. Inverness were bolstered by the return of Danny Devine and Wallace Duffy to the squad after their harsh dismissals at Arbroath. A big following went down to Perth, alas after a tremendous first half where we created the better opportunities, it was all undone within a minute of the restart by substitute Stevie May. A second goal killed any lingering hopes from a deflected MacPherson shot. The final two goals from Hendry & Rooney mattered not when the ga
    1 point
  30. I would say the end of the season, Dodds was making subs and changes that swung games (the Killie and some of the playoff games come to mind). I reckon he's learned a lot and if we can get some depth to the squad and a striker we can aim the long balls to, we've got a good chance
    1 point
  31. A very worthy cause and a practical way of showing appreciation to a great club servant for over a decade all to frequently blighted by injury. We may in all likelihood never see Aaron on the pitch again so a perfect opportunity to say goodbye, if goodbye it is and allow him to leave with some very well merited boost to his finances.
    1 point
  32. On Facebook I have had two separate features about St Johnstone winning 'suggested' for me. I view this very dimly.
    1 point
  33. And we need a reliable goalscorer. But then again who doesn't? Despite our apparent inability to score whilst creating lots of pressure, we ended up with the second highest goals-for figure, one behind Arbroath. Third-best goals-against, significantly better than the seven below us. We basically need more strength in depth throughout the team!
    1 point
  34. Devine is meant to be signing a new deal with us. McAlear hasn't ruled out returning to Inverness but I'd be stunned if that did come true. Welsh, Sutherland and Duffy would be worth new deals. I expect Deas to leave in the summer and wouldn't be shocked if Carson also returned south. Not that I want either of those guys to leave but Deas has been superb for us for a while and has been attracting attention from top tier clubs whilst Carson may want to move closer to home / family. We simply have to sign left and right backs in the summer together with wide midfielders. Whilst we seem
    1 point
  35. From the out of contract list, my priority would be Welsh and Devine. Doran has been a magnificent servant over many years. However, it has become increasingly obvious this season that over a decade of significant injuries and gruelling rehabilitation have taken their toll. It would be with considerable reluctance and great sorrow but with such a limited budget and a thin squad, I fear that the time has come to bit a fond and immensely grateful farewell.
    1 point
  36. Signed up for next season: Mark Ridgers David Carson Robbie Deas Cameron Harper Scott Allardice Roddy MacGregor Tom Walsh Billy Mckay Austin Samuels Definitely leaving: Reece McAlear (end of loan) Logan Chalmers (end of loan) Joe Hardy (end of loan) Kirk Broadfoot Ryan Fyffe (signed for Buckie Thistle) Out of contract: Cammy Mackay Danny Devine Wallace Duffy Harry Nicolson Lewis Nicolson Aaron Doran Lewis Hyde Sean Welsh Shane Sutherland
    1 point
  37. You are correct 😉 https://ictfc.com/austin-samuels-signs-for-ictfc https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/scottish-premiership/endendevertraege/wettbewerb/SC1 Not sure how many of these will be viable options or even available but it's worth a look 😛 https://www.transfermarkt.co.uk/scottish-championship/endendevertraege/wettbewerb/SC2 A more realistic one also worth a look ;). I'm not going to fill this thread with links to out of contract players at English and Scottish clubs as that will clog up the thread and tbh we have a Sporting Director that will deal with
    1 point
  38. I believe Austin Samuel was signed on an 18 month deal in January so should have him for next season i think 🤔
    1 point
  39. I'll say what I said on Facebook, on here as it is a fair point I make 😁 I believe that we have the nucleus of a good squad so if we can retain as much of them as possible and recruit well in the window then there's no reason to not be making an assault on the title and going head to head with Dundee. It was good to hear John Robertson mention before the match that he's been down in England scouting but it's now time for the board to show ambition and start backing the gaffer in the transfer market because we need to get out of this bloody league soon, its been too long now but thus
    1 point
  40. That was tough to take. I actually said at h-t that we'd played really well but might pay for not taking the chances. At h-t Davidson clearly reminded his players that a similar 45 might see them in the Championship. It was a great support from ICT, too. Not sour grapes but we should just have promotion playoffs as in England, not a second chance for sides who deserve to be relegated.
    1 point
  41. Gutted, but so proud of our team, our club and our fans. You did us proud and fought to the last. We cannot ask for more. Thank you.
    1 point
  42. I have to agree about Rooney and the sad thing is we have never replaced him and that is why we have struggled the last few seasons. A good effort tonight from the players after all the extra games.
    1 point
  43. Although we got further than I'd hoped when we started the playoffs, and the team can be very proud of how far they came, we really need to find a different way of winning next season. We need a target man, so we can change tactics when punting the ball up the park isn't being won by our small strikers. When we play on the deck with short fast passes, we usually create something, the long punt brings nothing, unless we can change it by bringing on a target man. So, it's another season in the championship, and it will be another season of building a team again, as a number of players will have
    1 point
  44. It might be fortunate if any ban imposed for illegal gambling coincides with his rehabilitation period.
    1 point
  45. This team As has been stated, we were abysmal for a vast majority of the game and have to thank Ridgers (again) for keeping us in it, that save at 0-0 was excellent but the one from Middleton was even better (he 100% got a touch to it by the way) and the one where he saved his own blunder on to the bar was as crucial :). We've criticised Billy quite a bit this season (especially during our dreadful run) so he rightly deserves praise this play off campaign for making the right changes at the right time and also applaud him for admitting he got the starting formation wrong toni
    1 point
  46. I'm confident we will be promoted if we win this evening. 👍
    -1 points
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    • Player of the Year 2021-2022
      The winner for this season voted for by you is Shane Sutherland.

      Shane began well at the start of the season and picked up points throughout the season coming on to his best form in March, April and the start of May before being injured in the away game at Arbroath.  A well deserved winner and hopefully he will make a good recovery from the serious injury picked up at Gayfield. However, early indications are that Shane will be out long term. Congratulations on winning this trophy which was held for the last two seasons by runner up David Carson and a speedy recovery Shane.
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      Inverness Stay Put: It was a winner takes all game tonight after a dramatic 2-2 draw at the Caledonian Stadium on Friday night. Inverness were bolstered by the return of Danny Devine and Wallace Duffy to the squad after their harsh dismissals at Arbroath. A big following went down to Perth, alas after a tremendous first half where we created the better opportunities, it was all undone within a minute of the restart by substitute Stevie May. A second goal killed any lingering hopes from a deflected MacPherson shot. The final two goals from Hendry & Rooney mattered not when the game was being chased and the dream ended, but the memory lives on. Fantastic endeavour from the Caley Jags and a magnificent following on the night.
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