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  1. 'Reported' on BBC Gossip: Celtic have launched a bid for Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Ryan Christie and hope a cash offer of £500,000 with a clause to loan the 20-year-old back to their Scottish Premiership rivals for the rest of the season can secure the midfielder's signature. (Daily Star, print edition) If it's true, can't help but think that with the current situation, we'll jump at the chance to get some cash upfront (particularly as our gates don't seem to have seen much obvious improvement this season) and Celtic will have snapped up another Scottish rising star on the cheap for next year. But if the alternative is not getting anything for Christie at the end of the season, then beggars cannot be choosers. Certainly this is the first reporting of an actual bid that I've seen for Ryan, as opposed to just 'interest'
  2. In terms of technicalities, assuming that Ciftci's appeal was indeed upheld on the basis of being unable to prove it was 'deliberate' (which, let's face it, shouldn't have been all that hard - it was an off the ball incident, so why else would his elbow be up there), the SFA must surely be aware that wording Josh's citation such is risky (although they have no other option to, as for a handball to occur, it has to be deliberate anyway)? Any chance that they've made the citation to briefly appease Celtic, in the full knowledge that deliberate intent won't be proven, and Josh will get off? Unlikely, but I live in hope! What rankles me most about the whole citation process in general is that players are immediately deemed to be guilty of the offence, and then have to prove otherwise - it's completely backwards.
  3. I arrived 10 mins late as I still believed it was a 7.45 kickoff (obviously it turned out not to be!) so I had difficulty working out who was who at times, what with all the new or previously unseen faces on the pitch. Now, I realise that the team tonight is probably not our preferred starting eleven, but it's not that far off what we could be seeing in the SPL, especially if injuries strike. Let's just say the jury remains out... Their first goal - the penalty looked very much like a dive from the other end of the pitch, their left winger tore Proctor to shreds (happened quite a bit tonight), cut inside the box and impressively fell over Tokely's feet - there wasn't an outstretched leg or anything... There wasn't much more action in the first half, a few attempts on goal at both ends but nothing very exciting - wasn't majorly impressed with Foran in the lead striker role, he looked pretty weak there, really hope he doesn't play there this season. In the second half Bristol Rovers made something like 9 changes and still looked pretty good. They used the width of the pitch really well, whereas we insisted on playing balls down the middle of the park, expecting people like Nick Ross to compete with some giant centre backs. Ironically, our first goal came from exactly that, a bouncing through ball out did their defender and Nick finished it really well. With substitutions coming thick and fast in the second half we seemed to mostly have an attacking threat based on midfielders - not a recognisable striker among them. Good to see Jonny Hayes getting a run about in the second half - some nice touches and running, but still probably not 100% yet. The frustrating thing was that we really lacked width, we didn't have anyone out on the the right wing for long periods of the second half, and it really held us back. Bristol's second goal came from McLaggon (who looked very good) running at Proctor, and he shot across goal from a very tight angle (all the Bristol fans around me had started groaning that he'd gone too far) when suddenly the ball was in the back of the net. Our second goal came from finally having someone out on the right, Hayes kept the ball in on the touch line, crossed low into the box and the defense just stood and watched as Nick Ross stuck the ball in the net. After that we had some more attacks, again by using the right wing! Why it took so long to realise this I don't know... I think our formation didn't really help matters. Defensively speaking, if we have to rely on Proctor at RB all season we will struggle. He was good going forward, but did not cope well with their pacey wingers. The rest of the defence looked OK though, and Aldred did a decent job. The midfield didn't look all that good as an attacking force - we controlled the ball well, and put some good passes together, but the central 3 did not look remotely attacking minded - our number 8 (Tansey or Morrison?) spent a lot of time running towards our players in possession instead of in to space - still early doors there it seems. Nick Ross and Shinnie were good in their supporting roles, but Foran is not suited to the leading striker role he seemed to be in today. And we clearly had no proper striker to replace him upfront when he was subbed (tactical sub) in the 2nd half. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant evening out, and there was some good footy on display by both teams. But I do think that there is still a lot of work to be done.
  4. Very disappointed to see Duff gone - I thought he looked fairly decent when he had a run in the team in our last SPL season, plus he's still young and could have become a very good player under Butcher's guidance. Still, clearing out three defensive players means we have to actually get some new defenders signed - something that has usually been lacking in previous summer transfer windows. A back four of Proctor, Tokely, Munro and Golabeck just won't cut it for long in the SPL I reckon.
  5. Very glad to see Hayes has signed for two years - this way if he tears up the SPL next season he'll still be under contract, and we won't lose him on a free instead. Very good bit of business. And quite glad to see Sanchez signed too!
  6. Third penalty shout for Hamilton,and it's given this time... 1-0 Hamilton - stuff this I'm off to do some revision instead of listening to any more of this.
  7. Great to see Proctor back. Incidentally does anyone know what's happened to cause Mcallister to disappear from the squad? The commentators just mentioned the inexperience of our front line, Rory has more SPL experience than Wood, I'm surprised that Wood has been picked instead in the last couple of games - just a thought.
  8. Niculae failed a late fitness test, apparently.
  9. Ross Tokely sent off - what on earth is going on?
  10. Aberdeen looked extremely quick, and had our defence beaten for pace with nearly every attack. Our midfield was all over the place, none of them seemed to know where they were supposed to be. plus putting the long ball in with every attack becomes predictable and easy to defend. Crossing was extremely poor, wouldn't like to count the number of times the ball sailed over the box, or didn't reach at all. Big mistake not changing the team earlier - we clearly weren't playing well (mind you, the subs had been waiting to come on for about 5 minutes when Aberdeen scored goal number 4) Back to the drawing board I think...
  11. Eventually managed to get the game on MW - what's the point of the digital age if you have to resort to analogue all the time? If you have access to digital TV, tune in to the Radio Scotland channel - they're playing the game on that too.
  12. No matter whether people think the Killie game is 'crucial' or not, it should make an extremely exciting end to the pre-split. Looking at the games coming up i honestly believe we have a real chance of making the top 6. That's assuming we beat Killie on Saturday however - if we can narrow the gap to three points we should be able to get 6 points min in our last three games whereas Killie have to play two teams above them, and motherwell. It's all to play for - now lets get a win on Saturday!
  13. AndyC

    New Goalie

    A good move for Caley overall I'd say. Yes, it might be better if our back up goal keeper had more top level experience - but as ICT said themselves, getting an experienced keeper, or a reserve keeper from a top flight club (beleive we were looking at an Arsenal keeper), to be content with sitting on the bench most of the time is pretty much impossible.
  14. How about wyness' goal against St Mirren? Great play to lead up to the goal, great goal itself and seeing as it was his first in goal in ages surely must be pretty special.
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