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    Inverness CT -V- Dunfermline

    Good question. I think Tremarco is certainly a better defender, but then I don't think full back will be Calder's best position. Calder seems to me to be one of the best, if not the best crosser of a ball we have. I would like to see him play in left midfield. This would allow Tremarco and Calder to vary things on the left side with Tremarco overlapping wide from time to time and Calder dropping back to cover if need be.
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    Bans

    Yes. And it certainly isn't only some of the young lads who are abusive either.
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    Inverness CT -V- Dunfermline

    I've been full of admiration for what JR has achieved since he came back as manager but I think that is a simply appalling interview. For a start, how dare he criticise these young lads for disrespecting the opposition and the fans and being responsible for going out of the cup that, in his words, "we worked so hard last year to win". If he thinks making every effort to win this game was important, then he should have put out his strongest team. If he thinks the team that started on Saturday was his strongest team than how disrespectful is it to make no less than 7 changes. But to add insult to injury, his criticism of the 7 is mostly unjustified and to restrict his comments to the 7 is plain wrong. What about the 4 who also started against Ayr? Of those, only Rooney had a reasonable game. The Par's first goal came from a Trafford error and McKay's foul. The 2nd stemmed from Polworth losing the ball in midfield. Yes we were lethargic in the first half, but no more so than for most of the game against Ayr. Responsibility for that lethargy must lie primarily with the more experienced players who failed to show the necessary leadership on the park. And if some of these young lads were so poor, why then only take one of them off and only make 2 substitutions? He says that White and Welsh were fine and McCart did OK but that there was "... nothing. Nothing" from the others. I guess he was too far away to see just how well Calder did out on the left in the 2nd half. He makes reference to the number of crosses coming in and that some were good, but just who does he think was getting the ball across? The ball boys? To quote from the official match report " Spotting a weakness on the flanks, both Rooney and Calder continued to hit tantalising crosses into the box". And how can John Robertson say White and Welsh were fine and then go on to say it may be a long time before any of the 7 play again? It just doesn't make sense. Unfair criticism of his players in this way is a sure fire way of losing the dressing room. There is only one person responsible for yesterday's defeat and that is John Robertson himself It is John Robertson who should be taking a long hard look at the video of the game before making a few apologies to some of the lads. As I say, I have been a great admirer for what John has achieved here. His comments have often been uncomfortable but honest and fair. That is why I am just so disappointed to hear him making such unjustified criticism of his young players in order to deflect the blame from where it so clearly lies - with himself.
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    Inverness CT -V- Dunfermline

    Calder was not exactly casual. He was exposed firstly by very slack play by the midfield gifting the ball to Dunfermline and making little effort to get the ball back, and secondly by McCart who seemed to let the ball run past him when it looked to me to be the easiest thing in the world to have cut the cross out. Calder was left in the difficult position of knowing that any touch on the ball could have put it in his own net. Calder couldn't quite sort out the mess that his team mates created but at least he tried. To put the blame on him is very harsh indeed.
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    Inverness CT -V- Dunfermline

    I'm struggling to think of when an ICT player last put as many decent crosses into the box as Calder did last night
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    Inverness CT -V- Dunfermline

    As defending champions I would have thought that we would be determined to go as far as possible and to field our strongest team. Cup runs are good for so many reasons that to risk going out with a weakened team when there is no need to rest players seems a very strange call indeed. Dunfermline fielded an even more weakened side than us for some reason. We should have beaten them and ironically, without the negative contributions of 2 of the 4 who started on Saturday, we would have done. Brad McKay's rash challenge (albeit outside the box) led to the penalty whilst Polworth gifted the ball to the pars who made good use of the opportunity. On the plus side, we played some really good attacking football in the second half, particularly when Walsh and Oakley came on. The subs provided a much needed urgency and Walsh and Rooney combining well down the right created more space for the outstanding Calder to exploit on the other side of the park. Calder was a clear MOTM and got several very good crosses in, often from positions where you felt it unlikely he would be able to cross it at all. I hadn't seen Welsh play before but I thought he had a decent game and looked more positive than either Trafford or Chalmers. As others have said, we have looked very slow in our build up play this year. We need to attack with a bit more pace and width. Last night we did that for the final 30 minutes and created chance after chance. Hopefully making several changes has provided some clues to the manager about how to make us a more potent and exciting attacking force. With Tremarco returning I would like to see Calder playing in midfield. He had some good performances at the end of last season too. I rate him as one of our best players and he needs to have a regular start. Worth noting that on the day we tamely bowed out of the cup we won last year, our unwanted cup winning captain of a few months ago was doing sterling work for Yeovil in the English League cup against former European Champions Aston Villa. They lost 1-0, but to quote the BBC report Villa "were denied as Gary Warren dived headfirst to stop Hourihane's powerful shot." I'm sure he enjoyed his evening more than our current captain who was not involved at all as the trophy slipped from our hands.
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    FIFA eradicates corruption !

    What the article is not clear about is the mechanisms for approving such policies . It is all very well for officials to draw up changes but some committees of representatives of member Associations must surely approve them and the Committees themselves will be accountable to the body as whole. What then is the position of UK FAs? Are they opposing this or are they doing FA? The sums of money floating around at the top level of football these days are totally obscene. It would appear that what to us ordinary people is corruption is just a fact of life to those at the top of the administrative tree.
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    Inverness CT -V- Dunfermline

    Just had a look at the on-line programme for tonight's game. I must say I rather like the idea of reading the programme before heading off to the game. Robbo is having a go at the fact that the English, Welsh and Irish clubs in the competition all have a bye into the 2nd round. It seems a bit unfair but all the more reason to make sure we win tonight. It would be unfortunate if we, as champions, were out of the competition before they had even come into it. Robbo also doesn't mince his words about certain off field matters. Let's hope everybody gets properly behind the team tonight.
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    Summer transfer targets

    Good point. Celtic seriously miscalculated by resting 9 of the players who faced ICT in the clash between the league champions and the league leaders last weekend.
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    Our game against Killie-significant.

    I'm not convinced they are that far ahead of the rest as they have been. They look far more beatable than previously having already lost matches to Leiga Warsaw and Maribor - and to us, of course. With all due respect to Warsaw and Maribor, they are a far cry from Barcelona who Celtic beat under Lennon. Sure they have a large and expensive squad but will the new manager be able to get them to play consistently together as a team? What will the team sprit be when so many of these players are only involved occaisionally? How will the expectations of the fans and their reaction to failure impact on the team. I can see Celtic failing to win quite a lot of games this season. If one or two of the rest of the teams steps up and can develop the winning habit even when not playing at their best, Celtic could be given a run for their money. I certainly fully expect them to win the league but it just might be a good bit closer this year.
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    The Big Scottish Independence Debate

    I am a supporter of PR and always have been, but one of the downsides from personal experience is how you are represented on an individual level. Over the year I have occasionally written to my elected representatives at various levels on a number of issues. Where there is a specific single representative I have always received a reply. Where there is some multiple representation I rarely get a reply and, in fact have never received other than an automated holding response from a representative elected by virtue of a list system. It seems these people feel accountable only to the party that determines their place on the party list and not to the electorate.
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    The ultimate journeyman

    Can you explain just what it is about having bricks put through your windows or being in jail fending of rape attempts that you would find so rewarding? Give me your address and I can arrange the former if you'ld like but I'm afraid you'll need to look elsewhere for the latter.
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    The Big Scottish Independence Debate

    Thought I'd hold off responding to Oddquine's post at 1056 till after the "debate" between Darling and Salmond to see what they had to say about the subjects. It is clear that Oddquine's plea that someone clarify why an independent Scotland can't use the pound without a currency union needs to be answered by someone in the "YES" camp. Oddquine seems very clear that this is option B and that seems fair enough to me, but the question really needs to be directed to Alex Salmond because again last night he refused to state what plan B was. It seemed to come as a revelation to him when Darling explained that of course he was free to use the pound, the rouble or whatever. Bizarrely Salmond then went on to say there were actually 3 plan Bs! As usual he thought he was being frightfully clever but as we all know, 3 plan Bs means no plan B. He is focused on what he has been told time and time again is not an option yet now he grandly states that he is seeking a "mandate" from the electorate to negotiate for a currency union. This is just mind bogglingly arrogant, inept and irresponsible. What was also of note was Salmond's clear assertion that if there is no currency union (which there won't be) Scotland won't pay it's share of the UK debt. Do we really want to start life as an independent state with the world knowing we are a country that does not honour its debts? As to the NHS, Salmond continued with his scaremongering tactics yesterday and just sailed blithely on completely immune to the utter hypocrisy of what he was saying. Oddquine specifically asks about Andy Burnham's remarks and my response to that is to remind folk that we are engaged in a referendum debate about the long term future of Scotland and should not get over-exercised about speculation voiced as part of the internal cut and thrust of English politics. Let's just stick to the facts and ask questions about how we might cope with the ever growing pressure on the NHS in an Independent Scotland. Fact is that despite their scare tactics of talk about the "privatisation threat", the SNP have increased the involvement of the private sector in the NHS in Scotland. Fact is that despite scare tactics of talk suggesting Tory cuts into the NHS will result in reduced funding here, the current Tory Government have delivered increased public spending to the NHS and are pledged to continue to increase spending year on year despite the post recession austerity programme. Fact is that Scotland gets something in the region of £1,200 per head of population more for public services that the rest of the UK and this gives Scotland the opportunity to provide more public funding into the NHS than the English NHS gets. Much of the greater engagement with the private sector in England and speculation regarding future policy is because their lower level of funding means that they are having to cope with the growing healthcare demand pressures sooner that we will. But even if we may not like their responses or speculation at least they are grappling with the problem. Up here, the gradual but steady increase in using the private sector is proof that Salmond and his crew are well aware of the coming pressures but publicly they pander to the public affection for the NHS and condemn what's going on down south whilst having no public strategy for dealing with the inevitable crisis. This is both hypocritical and irresponsible. Ah, but of course, the NHS in an independent Scotland is going to be protected in the Constitution so we don't need to worry! Obviously there is no need to say how it is going to be protected or paid for - Alex says it will be OK and we can trust Alex. A further point made by Darling yesterday in response to smug Alex claiming the moral high ground over Trident was the Salmond is wanting to shelter under NATO's nuclear umbrella but is not prepared to have the nuclear weapons on Scottish soil. It is worth pointing out that not only is that his line, he expects a NATO partner to pay for resiting them so that he can adopt his hypocritical position. I can understand why folk felt Salmond won the debate yesterday, but it was all show over substance. We are no further forward other than receiving confirmation from Salmond that he won't pay his debts and that finally after 2 years of campaigning he now understands that it is possible to use the pound outwith a currency union. We are left with the usual unanswered questions of what currency we would use, will we be in the European Union and if so, under what conditions? How will pressures on the NHS and other public services be funded? There are other issues of course. One which has received little attention is what plans does the Government have for replacing the ageing nuclear reactors at Torness and Hunterston and the coal fired power station at Longannet which are all due to be closed in a few years time? The SNP's position here is that "The matter of what generating stations will be built, and when, is currently down to the proposals the market brings forward for new or upgraded thermal electricity generation capacity in Scotland." In other words, not only is there not a plan B, there isn't even a plan A! In a few years time a supposedly energy rich independent Scotland could be importing electricity from England to keep the lights on! The sad thing about last night was the inability of Darling to exploit the hypocrisy and lack of substance behind all of Salmond's arrogant and often patronising bluster. Whether or not we break from the Union is a massive decision to make and the people of Scotland deserve to have that decision made on the basis of a clear understanding of what independence will mean for Scotland. The people of Scotland deserve better debate than we witnessed at last night's shout fest.
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    Inverness CT -V- Celtic

    I really enjoyed the game and thought we played some great stuff at times. It is great to be top of the league without having conceded - but let's not get too carried away just yet. It is easy to be blinkered by the good stuff but I thought Yogi got it spot on with his post match comments about us riding our luck a bit. Celtic hit the woodwork and Brill was by far the busier of the two keepers, indeed, the fact that so many here have marked Brill out for particular praise reflects the fact that on another day we might well have lost that game by 2 or 3. This, remember, against a severely weakened Celtic side with lots of guys probably playing together for the first time in a competitive game. By contrast we have a settled team from last year which clearly has a good understanding between them. It was also the same team that received significant criticism after a disappointing draw against Dundee a couple of weeks ago. Several fans expressed concerns following a run of disappointing performances at the end of last season and were criticised for not giving Hughes time. Now we have just a couple of decent performances and that, apparently is enough for large quantities on humble pie to be eaten! Let's enjoy the win by all means but let us also have some perspective here. Last season we got off to a flier because we had a settled squad. The same is true this year but other teams will get better as their re-shaped teams begin to gel. Let's judge Yogi on where we are at the end of the season and not on where we are just 4 games in. There were some encouraging signs on Saturday, but it is still very much work in progress.
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    SHOOT FOR THE BOOT & Win £200 Cash

    Well, the chap with the boots got the ball closer to the car than Leigh Griffiths got to the goal. Well done to all three guys for having the guts to have a go.
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    The Big Scottish Independence Debate

    The figures are the value of Scotlands exports in whisky, oil and gas. We export oil and gas as well as use it. We export refined products from oil and gas.These are nothing to do with revenue income but more to do with demonstrating that we are a thriving nation. Bear in mind that showing a healthy economy also shows that people are in employment and paying taxes. Its not just about the taxes from the profits of the companies its about the taxes from the people. There are around 42,000 employed directly and indirectly in the Scottish whisky industry and close on 200,000 in oil and gas in Scotland. Assuming an average wage of £30,000 and taxes at 20% thats 1.4 billion to the treasury. Add to that the taxes on spending (VAT, Insurance taxes etc) and it comes to a substantial amount from two industries. Yesterday or the day before the Financial Times ran an article stating that an independent Scotland would be in the top twenty of the worlds wealthiest countries. I'd provide a link but I've no intention of paying a subscription. Thanks for trying to clarify, but the figures for oil and gas cannot be annual export value. The link here http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fff67a62-88fa-11e3-bb5f-00144feab7de.html#axzz3B7Z5SzkA is pretty factual I think and quotes a Scottish Government spokesman as saying the exports of of oil and gas in 2012 (including to the rest of the UK) to be £24.4bn. In terms of wider value to the Scottish economy, using your figures of 200,000 earning an average £30,000 gives us a wage bill of £6bn in oil and gas related activity. The value of oil related exports and the wider benefit to the economy is therefore in the region of £30bn - that is just 2% of the £1,500bn quoted in the "YES" bookle I would imagine that the figure includes sales of oil and gas, sales of petroleum products, sales of expertise, sales of technology, sales of equipment, servicing of rigs etc etc. It may surprise many people not involved in the industry exactly how much of the aforementioned comes out of the country. The installation I'm on at the minute, although built in Singapore, is built from many components sourced from Scottish companies. Sorry, can't buy that one either. The sum quoted is £300,000 for every man woman and child in Scotland and therefore cannot relate to annual figures as the rest would appear to do.
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    Or are these trials for a new striker and the £100 is a signing on fee?
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    The Big Scottish Independence Debate

    The figures are the value of Scotlands exports in whisky, oil and gas. We export oil and gas as well as use it. We export refined products from oil and gas.These are nothing to do with revenue income but more to do with demonstrating that we are a thriving nation. Bear in mind that showing a healthy economy also shows that people are in employment and paying taxes. Its not just about the taxes from the profits of the companies its about the taxes from the people. There are around 42,000 employed directly and indirectly in the Scottish whisky industry and close on 200,000 in oil and gas in Scotland. Assuming an average wage of £30,000 and taxes at 20% thats 1.4 billion to the treasury. Add to that the taxes on spending (VAT, Insurance taxes etc) and it comes to a substantial amount from two industries. Yesterday or the day before the Financial Times ran an article stating that an independent Scotland would be in the top twenty of the worlds wealthiest countries. I'd provide a link but I've no intention of paying a subscription. Thanks for trying to clarify, but the figures for oil and gas cannot be annual export value. The link here http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fff67a62-88fa-11e3-bb5f-00144feab7de.html#axzz3B7Z5SzkA is pretty factual I think and quotes a Scottish Government spokesman as saying the exports of of oil and gas in 2012 (including to the rest of the UK) to be £24.4bn. In terms of wider value to the Scottish economy, using your figures of 200,000 earning an average £30,000 gives us a wage bill of £6bn in oil and gas related activity. The value of oil related exports and the wider benefit to the economy is therefore in the region of £30bn - that is just 2% of the £1,500bn quoted in the "YES" booklet.
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    Game 04 - Celtic (H) 23 Aug

    HT - 1 - 0 FT - 1 - 2 ICT Scorer - Tansey Celtic Scorer - Commons 1st goal 21 mins
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    The Big Scottish Independence Debate

    I agree that Savage's statement is not clever. I am an Englishman who has lived in Scotland for 40 years and I can honestly say that I have never been on the receiving end of any animosity because of me being English. That is one of the things I love about Scotland, there are plenty of things the Scots get very patriotic about but I have never experienced that being translated into anything remotely racist.
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    The Big Scottish Independence Debate

    I very much do get the fact that some people's sense of Scottish identity is such that they will choose to be independent no matter what - and I very much respect that view point. But there are very few who display that level of honesty. Too many people have that view but are dishonest about what the consequences will be and imply that they want Independence because Scotland will be better off. You may be happy in a poorer but independent Scotland but I suspect the majority who say they will vote "YES" will do so because they believe they will be better off. They will not be happy when they realise they have been duped.
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    The Big Scottish Independence Debate

    This is just an honest simple question that I would be grateful if one of our "YES" supporting friends would be good enough to answer. Today I got a mailing through the door from the "YES" campaign. There is a page where it says "Scotland's got what it takes" where it lists a number of things and puts a value to them but with no supporting explanation. For instance it has "Whisky Export £4,3bn" which I think is an accurate enough annual figure. It also has "Oil and Gas £1,500 billion". Can anyone tell me what that figure means? The innocent reader would be excused for thinking these are the sums of money which will come into the Scottish Government to spend but yet total UK tax revenues from oil and gas last year were a mere £4.7bn. £1,500bn is equivalent to £300,000 for every man woman and child in Scotland and is over 300 times the total annual UK revenue from oil and gas. I am thinking this might be an estimate of the total value of all remaining recoverable reserves of which only a small proportion of the value will ever come back to the Government as oil tax revenues and even then, this will be spread over 30 to 40 years. This would appear to be just the latest bit of misleading information aimed at duping people to believe they will be better off in an Independent Scotland.
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    The Big Scottish Independence Debate

    Sorry SP, but as you will see from my post above my view has not changed! I talk about "we" and "us" because I live in Scotland and pay my taxes in Scotland and have done for 40 years. The decision we make on Sep 18 affects me personally as much as anyone born and bred in Scotland. If we are talking about freedom, I think that independence may actually curtail the freedom of many. Within the UK Scots get the best of both worlds, the security that being part of a larger economy brings plus the freedom to make decisions on a wide range of devolved issues. The English don't get that. We have levels of freedom as part of the UK that William Wallace could never have dreamed of!
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    The Big Scottish Independence Debate

    Top marks for Yngwie for spotting that the sentiments expressed in Alex's post were not from the "Scotsman". It is difficult to see how the actual "Scotsman" article can be seen as supporting independence but one gets quite a different sense when you read the bits which were attributed to it but were not in the article. One relevant bit states - "Scottish voters are about to be faced with a stark choice. They can choose to take responsibility for their own affairs and manage the future with the security of a massive oil bonanza behind them, or they can choose to run away from responsibility and go crawling to a Westminster which will be under enormous pressure from voters to punish them viciously in the name of “more devolution”." This sneaky add on is nonsense of course but is exactly the the sort of thing that persuades those emotionally attracted to the concept of Independence that Salmond's vision of a wealthy land of social harmony and justice (milk and honey too, no doubt) is there for the taking if only we have the "courage" to vote "YES". Truth is there is no oil bonanza massive or otherwise. Oil production has fallen every year since it peaked in 1999 and is now running at around 30% of those levels. Exploration is down and the amount of oil being discovered is falling. Last year UK tax revenues from oil were £4.7bn and the office for budget responsibility forecasts these will drop to £3.5bn by 2018/19. The Scottish Government's own predictions are for revenue for the Scottish sector of between £3.2 and £8bn by 2018/19. The upper figure is unlikely to be realised and clearly it would be prudent to budget for the lower end figures. Beyond that, nobody is seriously suggesting revenues will rise much beyond that, and whilst there may be periodic peaks of activity, the general consensus is that revenues will slowly drop off over the next 25 years. Coming back to what was actually in the Scotsman article there is the suggestion that the UK Government might end the benefit Scotland receives in public funding in the event of a no vote. That is speculation of course, because whilst the English voters may see that as fair, the politicians will want the Scots votes. What is clear is that whilst an Independent Scotland would receive all the tax revenue from the Scottish Sector, these alone would not be sufficient in order to maintain public sector services at current levels. As the Scotsman article points out, Salmond is warning that £4bn could be removed from the Scottish budget and that (or should it be £7.2bn) will be what an independent Scotland would need to find. Given the total UK oil revenue is less than that, it is clear that the freedom independence would give is the freedom for the Scottish Government to decide whether it raises taxes or cuts public spending first in order to address the budget deficit. Added to that are the costs of setting up the infrastructure of a new state and a requirement to pay £5.5bn annually as Scotland's share of the UK debt. You really have to ask where the money is going to come from to maintain peoples standards of living in Scotland at the level we currently have. As for all the milk and honey stuff about a fairer and more equal society, you can forget it. No matter how appealing it sounds in principle, Scotland does not have the cash to boost the wages of the lower paid and if it tries to increase taxes of the rich they will simply b*gger of south of the border and not pay any tax into the Scottish exchequer. If Salmond tries to go ahead with his social vision he will bankrupt us. He's promised us oil but what we'll get is Greece.
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    That discriminates against us lefties as the natural curve will take the ball across the target rather than into it. Guess I'll just have to strike the ball with the outside of the foot. - If only I could kick a ball that far at my age!