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  1. Is it double standards if the opinions are coming from different people? I don't think I've ever said anything, on here or elsewhere, criticising the 'lack' of investment from King, or any refusal to finance the wages for the likes of Lescott or Senderos. Some have obviously. What I have said since before Rangers even kicked a ball in League 2 is that they have wasted huge amounts of money on 'name' players, players that often weren't even suited to the level they were at, and that far better value could have been found from within the game in Scotland in the lower leagues. Templeton, Shiels, Black, Boyd - list goes on and on. SPL players signed to play against Queens Park, Annan and Elgin, rather than working to identify the better players from our Championship or even League 1, then build a stronger squad as they moved through the leagues. It looked like Rangers somehow couldn't bring themselves to do that, they had to be seen to be signing SPL players. Warburton (who I have said from day one is a good manager) moved away from that, he went to the lower leagues in England (which he knew well) to strengthen, and off-loaded much of what were really vanity signings by McCoist. Fair play to him for that. This season though he seems to have gone for a couple of 'We're back!' signings, and the Barton one really does feel like a misjudged attempt at a 'get-it-up-yae' towards the SPL in general, and Celtic in particular. It is early doors on Barton of course, but I've seen nothing yet to question my original suspicion that he will prove to be a gobby waste of money. We'll all find out as the season takes shape over the next couple of months.
  2. Disappointed to see Griffiths out, he's been in good form so far this season. Can't see that Watt has done much to earn a call-up into the squad, he has started a handful of games, scored one goal, and is only now just about match fit. Don't watch much English football so can't really comment on McCormack but at the moment he probably offers more than Watt. A strange decision by Strachan. From what I've seen of Rangers Wallace (as most probably expected) is finding things tougher back in the SPL than he did in the lower leagues and hasn't really shown the sort of form that would get you in most Scotland sides. Hopefully just travelling as cover anyway.
  3. It obviously is too early to judge, but so far Barton has been anonymous at best, and he is keeping one or two other decent players out of their team. Bearing in mind how much better he is than everyone and anyone in the Scottish game (we know this because he has told us) that is surprising. He can hardly be struggling to adapt to the league here either as it so poor and he came from the best league in the world. It struck me at the time as an odd signing by Warburton (a gamble with a lot of risk for questionable reward) and I still think it won't work out. But he could obviously go on to prove me and many others wrong.
  4. Thought it was very good, covered a few things I had forgotten all about, notably the Dundee Utd takeover of Dundee having come so close to happening, and also what a shady character David Duff was. Set out its stall early (basically money ruined football) and continued with that throughout. Of the various talking heads Cosgrove and Spiers talked the most sense, overall most contributors were fair and open in what they said. Certainly didn't romanticise the era one bit. Looking forward to the next one, in which I guess Mad Vlad will feature heavily.
  5. Agree with that, including the suggestion that we were a bit lucky to come away with the win.
  6. Sutton had a point re the Forrest booking. But he droned on about it up to half time, then got right back into it after half time (having a childish dig at Chris Miller in the process) and went on and on about it for what seemed like about 15 minutes, all but ignoring what was actually happening on the pitch. The delusions of grandeur involved in him believing Thomson was making decisions as a result of his (Sutton!s) criticism from last week was beyond parody. Sutton is a classic example of someone who is too stupid to know he is stupid. And our broadcaster give him a microphone.
  7. What the fvck is Sutton wittering in about?
  8. First game I've watched on BT in ages. Chris Sutton us an absolute bellend. Looking like a ranking for St Johnstone.
  9. I think Ritchie said something to the linesman.
  10. I suspect you'd be surprised both how hard it is, and the rate they are going at. There was a guy that used to do the parkrun in Edinburgh (haven't seen him for a while) who wasn't that young, and I'm told not particularly good, that did the 5k run 'walking', if you see what I mean. He usually finished in the top half, meaning that he was quicker than over 200 people who were running it.
  11. Well quite. And think of the froth sundry fvckwits get into over which flag flies over official buildings, not least in Northern Ireland, though it happens here too. In general terms anyone waving a flag, or getting worked up about someone else doing so, takes a bit of watching.
  12. In general, anyone making a big thing about flags, good chance he/she is a rocket. Flags somehow seem to attract those who just can't keep a sense of perspective about things. As an example, if someone has a flagpole in their front garden they are an arsehole, don't care what flag they stick up it. But I respect and rather admire what some of the Celtic fans did last night.
  13. I've no idea what Patterson is worth in today's market. The money in England is mental, but our league's players just aren't valued like many other countries, It's clear the step up from our top league to the EPL is far too big now. Putting skill to one side, the physicality and pace (not to mention the way games are refereed here) down south are such that promising players here just can't handle it. Championship first for a year or two to adapt is the only way that they can cope.
  14. Wrong link I think. The final duel scene, and then the 'Hey Blondie!' bit is great. Rarely has music been used so effectively.