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    Who would you like to see at ICT next season?

    Robbo didn't 'unearth' Donaldson and Austin, they were both well known players in Scottish football, who played for other clubs in the same league as us last season.
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    Who would you like to see at ICT next season?

    To be fair to Robbo, he was in the position of needing to get players in fast last summer and we clearly signed people who were available rather than assessing them and making an informed choice.
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    Who would you like to see at ICT next season?

    https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/sport/football/inverness-caledonian-thistle/1479420/caley-thistle-manager-john-robertson-seeking-quality-over-quantity-this-summer/ Headline is a bit meainingless - no-one ever says "we are seeking quantity over quality" - but the article does offer a good contrast from last season to this. I'd imagine we might have the odd trialist in for pre-season training, we usually do, but sounds like we may be settled for next season.
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    Championship 2018/19

    An excellent point made by @hislopsoffsideagain on Twitter - 2014/15 - Dundee Utd finish 5th with 56 points. 2015/16 - Dundee Utd relegated with 31 points. 2014/15 - ICT finish 3rd with 65 points. 2016/17 - ICT relegated with 34 points. 2015/16 - Ross County finish 6th with 48 points. 2017/18 Ross County relegated with 29 points. 2016/17 - Partick Thistle finish 6th with 42 points. 2017/18 Partick Thistle relegated with 33 points. Four teams relegated in the last four seasons, all of whom were in the top six a year or two previously. Two of those sides, us and County, won trophies in the two years before. Dundee Utd reached the league cup final the season before they were relegated, and the Scottish cup final the year before that. Scottish teams are on a knife edge - lose even one or two good players or make a poor managerial appointment and you can drop like a stone very quickly.
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    Toni Macaroni or Plastic Whistle?

    Livingston are a good team on a shoestring budget, they’ve done a great job. Defensively Lithgow, Halkett and Gallagher are solid at the back and I really like Scott Pittman in midfield, he’s a real buzzsaw. Partick are horrific, really bad. Danny Devine was particularly terrible, they had nothing in the middle of the park and they didn’t offer much up front.
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    The Pre-Season Thread

    Northern Ireland is charming in July I hear.
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    The Pre-Season Thread

    People are quite right not to go to pre-season friendlies, they are complete *****. I used to go to all of them when I lived in Inverness, what an idiot. I once drove, on my own, after work, to Huntly, watched us lost 1-0 and when I got home, found out that it had actually been 1-1, I'd missed the goal by arriving late. Having said that, I do remember seeing Steve Hislop pinging in a 35 yard volley against QPR and realising that we'd signed a diamond in Ian Black during friendlies. So maybe I'm being unfair.
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    Who would you like to see at ICT next season?

    Do we need another central midfielder? Beith, Polworth and Trafford can all play there. Hutton is also a bit older than the players we've been looking at.
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    Liam Polworth - One Of Our Own - Take 2

    I'm not sure I particularly agree with these parts of your post. One is that Vigurs main weakness is not tracking back when he's lost the ball - we lost several goals last season because of that (Falkirk in the league cup and Dundee in the Scottish cup are two examples). Vigurs does dish out tactical fouls to break up play though, hence why he had more yellow cards than anyone in the division last season. I think the perception of Polworth's reaction is greater than the reality. Also, I don't think slowing down play is advisable for Polworth. He's been a huge attacking threat for us and slowing play down will deviate from that. It's better to play right on the edge, than trying to slow down and play the perfect pass, better to put the opposition under pressure in an attacking area even if you go into a situation where you are 30-70 to keep possession than maintain the ball at all costs. Vigurs did a great job in keeping possession and controlling the play but you also need to take risks and push the opposition. If anything I'd want us to take more risks, at times we ended up over-playing when we could've gone for the jugular - part of that weakness comes, I think, from not having top strikers though.
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    Liam Polworth - One Of Our Own - Take 2

    What exactly is wrong with his attitude? He broke into the team in 2013 but dropped back in 2014 and looked as though he might be on his way out but he came back and established himself as a first team starter after that. Following the disappointment of relegation he has been an important player, behind a lot of our effective attacking play. He's played in a number of positions - wide midfield and centrally, takes set pieces and puts up with the nonsense that some of our fans throw at him.
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    Liam Polworth - One Of Our Own - Take 2

    I posted about his season last season on another thread, that seems to have been deleted? He was our best attacking player last season, the only criticism that you could maybe have is that he should've scored more than three goals in the league. That's a minor quibble considering he provided 18 assists, by far the most in the Championship. People in our support seem to have it in for him because of things like his 'body language' and 'attitude'. This is the same sort of stuff that used to be said about Vigurs, people should try and pay more attention to what players actually do than how you perceive them to be behaving.
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    Confirmed

    Vigurs was a great player for us last season, deserved his Player of the Year awards but he was always going to take a bigger offer. He's 30 years old, this could likely be his last long term deal. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/aldi-whisky-world-best-ranking-glen-marnoch-speyside-single-malt-scotch-glenlivet-a7896116.html 😉
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    Recruitment Policy?

    Leaving aside the forums latest Walter Mitty, football fans really need to have a look at themselves sometimes. Being a teacher and working in the emergency services are vital jobs, you need to be trained for years and dedicated to your profession to do it. Why should the authorities in charge of these services push a load of ex footballers ahead of other applicants? The entire world does not have making Caley a good team as a goal. And specifically to teaching, you really should have a degree in the subject you are seeking to teach, how many footballers meet that criteria? If footballers want to retrain as teachers then that’s fine but the world doesn’t owe them a living.
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    Recruitment Policy?

    Why are you lying in a football forum about having a brother who teaches in China?
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    Recruitment Policy?

    You can't move for businesses who are desperate for unskilled part-time new starts in their mid 30s, right enough.