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Artur, Fraser, Craig and Wee Woodsy

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I watched Fraser Forster (29) deny Liverpool on Sunday with a series of impressive saves, one of which from the penalty spot. The big keeper improved enormously in his four years at Celtic. Another FA Premier League ‘keeper, Artur Boruc (37), spent five years at Celtic, a period which was marked with some vagaries in form.

Boruc arrived as the best keeper we had seen in decades, but two seasons in a mooted moved to Bayern Munich (who travelled to Glasgow to see him) were off the agenda. Boruc’s form had dived and he was no longer considered in the elite category.

Craig Gordon (34) was an excellent keeper under Ronny Deila but when Brendan Rodgers arrived a weakness became evident in Craig’s game: he wasn’t comfortable with Brendan’s passing game, which required keepers to be good with their feet.

Craig was dropped and didn’t make the start of the Champions League campaign, but eight months on he looks like he was born to play this way. The transformation in form has been remarkable.

Stevie Woods worked with all three keepers. He was the formative influence on Fraser, he rescued Artur from ignominious decline and with Craig Gordon he took a senior keeper and transformed his game.

We’ll talk later about Brendan Rodger’s striking ability to improve players, but there can scarcely be a goalkeeper coach in Britain with a more impressive track record in this regard than “Wee Woodsy”.

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  1. mike in toronto on

    given what is being presented/how it is being presented to McGill, does it not seem that, by comparison, David Murray got off pretty lightly in his cross-examination by Findlay.

  2. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    A Stor Mha Chroi on 9th May 2017 1:55 pm

     

     

    That’s how I am reading it. Murray couldn’t get metals business back till he got rid of Rangers.

     

     

     

    KTF

  3. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    MIT, as a blood-sucking parasitelawyer, you could advise maybe; I was looking at it that Findlay was setting Murray up. Murray made some statements about not knowing what was going on in the background and McGill is now disclosing that all the info was available. It infers (IMHO) that Murray is clearly being set up as a liar.

     

     

    Your thoughts?

     

     

     

    KTF

  4. ernie lynch on

    MIKE IN TORONTO on 9TH MAY 2017 1:58 PM

     

     

    We should maybe keep in mind that Findlay’s job is to secure an acquittal.

     

     

    That will be his only consideration.

  5. Greenpinata on

    TURKEYBHOY on 9TH MAY 2017 1:48 PM

     

    Its been a while since we had a player called”Dominic”.A finer Tim name,you will never hear.Get him signed up.

     

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    Yeah, especially since the Huns had a Dominic Ball a few years ago . I think.

     

     

    Can only think of Dominic Sullivan playing for the hoops, but there must be more.

     

     

    HH.

  6. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    Findlay warned them on day 2 that they had so many documents that others thought would never see the light of day; an exocet across the bowlers. There has got to be a few shakey knees in Edinburgh.

  7. You’ll probably see a lot of people claiming Solanke is leaving Chelsea because they refused to pay him 50k a week. This was untrue and the Telegraph posted a retraction.

     

     

    http://www.101greatgoals.com/news/telegraph-apologise-chelsea-striker-printing-fake-news/

     

     

    Telegraph & Dom Solanke

     

    It’s been almost a year since the Telegraph first claimed that Chelsea striker Dom Solanke was demanding a pay rise.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Back in April 2016, rumours spread that Solanke, now 19, was trying to force Chelsea into giving him a new £50,000 a week contract as well as first team guarantees at Stamford Bridge in order for the forward to commit his future to the club.

     

     

    According to widespread reports, Solanke currently receives £7,000 a week. The teenager’s contract expires at the end of the season.

     

     

    Time to say sorry

     

    On Thursday, the broadsheet have printed an apology in their paper, admitting the Solanke story was false.

     

     

    The Telegraph told their readers:

     

     

     

    On 18 February 2017 we published an allegation that Dominic Solanke was demanding wages of £50,000 per week from Chelsea Football Club as part of his contract negotiations, We understand that no such financial demands have been made by Mr Solanke and we are happy to make this clear.

     

     

    Solanke has since celebrated the Telegraph’s retraction on social media with the phrase “don’t believe everything you read”.

  8. Greenpinata on 9th May 2017 2:05 pm

     

     

    TURKEYBHOY on 9TH MAY 2017 1:48 PM

     

     

     

    Its been a while since we had a player called”Dominic”.A finer Tim name,you will never hear.Get him signed up.

     

     

     

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    Yeah, especially since the Huns had a Dominic Ball a few years ago . I think.

     

     

    Can only think of Dominic Sullivan playing for the hoops, but there must be more.

     

     

     

    HH.

     

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    Although he never played a first team match, we did have Dominic Cervi for a while.

  9. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 2 minutes ago

     

     

     

    McGill says Dave King had a “contractual right” to sit on the Rangers board.

     

     

    (??????????)

  10. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    Court now being shown a report “removal of RFC directors” created by Murray Lawyer Horn in 2010

     

     

    Continues “This procedure could be used for the removal of Dave King and Paul Murray”

     

     

    Findlay “was there a desire to remove Mr King”

     

     

    McGill agrees “thought was given to it”

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    A Stor Mha Chroi on 9th May 2017 2:22 pm

     

     

    This looks like a lead in (IMHO) to show the rancor between King and Murray, and Findlay is placing his pieces very, very carefully!

     

     

     

    KTF

  12. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    Email Dave King to David Horn, May 2011

     

     

    “Has the Murray group informed Craig Whyte of their undertaking to keep me on the board?”

  13. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    VFR800:

     

     

    I’m no lawyer but i know when a man is being torn to shreds.

     

     

    I would hesitate to tell anything but the truth, I think Craig has a heavy with evidence defence bench.

     

     

    I think the defence has the prerogative to recall any, and or all, witnesses for the defence at a future date.

  14. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    Email: McGill to Horn, January 2011

     

     

    “Are we concerned if purchaser increases debt?…not really this would be working capital”

  15. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    A Stor Mha Chroi on 9th May 2017 2:27 pm

     

     

    Yeah, the witnesses can be re-called to clarify or be asked further questions on conflicting evidence.

     

     

     

    KTF

  16. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    McGill email “While we are all still striving to find a benefactor with unlimited funds to take the club forward…this has not happened”

     

     

    Me: (I am struggling to believe these guys would put such in writing)

  17. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    VFR800:

     

     

    I thought these were all (to date) the prosecution witnesses…. (?)

  18. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    Findlay “The club was not being actively marketed as there was no-one to market it to?”

     

     

    McGill “Yes”

  19. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    Email 27 March 2011, McGill to Johnson “Debt to be converted to equity with no value..would allow club to borrow as no debt”

  20. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    McGill email “We need to ensure the purchaser doesnt get any surprises..I think we need to front up on the small tax case”

  21. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    McGill says the case had only recently went from a potential liability and had not “crystallised” until recently

     

    Dated 17 March 2011

     

     

    BOOM!!!!

  22. mike in toronto on

    VFR / Ernie

     

     

    Both correct …. As VFR suggests, he will try to impugne the credibility of all prosecution witnesses, some directly, and some more indirectly … but as Ernie suggests, his job is not to get to the truth, but only to raise a reasonable doubt about his client’s guilt ….

     

     

    getting to the truth/finding out what really happened is not defence counsel’s job … and, in fact, in many cases, it is to obscure the truth from the trier of facts …

     

     

    and I am only going on doleman’s tweets, so I admit that I may not have the complete picture …but, given what is now clear that Findlay knows (and must have known last week), it seems Murray could have been cross-examined much more vigorously and thoroughly …

  23. O.G.Rafferty on

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 2m2 minutes ago

     

     

    McGill says the case had only recently went from a potential liability and had not “crystallised” until recently

     

    Dated 17 March 2011

  24. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    BOOM!! Rangers knew about the tax liability I’m March 2001:

     

     

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 3m3 minutes ago

     

     

    McGill email “We need to ensure the purchaser doesnt get any surprises..I think we need to front up on the small tax case”

     

     

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 2m2 minutes ago

     

     

    McGill says the case had only recently went from a potential liability and had not “crystallised” until recently Dated 17 March 2011

     

    0 replies 4 retweets 4 likes

     

     

     

     

    KTF

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    A Stor Mha Chroi on 9th May 2017 2:37 pm

     

     

    Yeah, Findlay still has to present a defence (though McGill may very well be doing it for him!)

     

     

     

    KTF

  26. O.G.Rafferty on

    Horse.

     

    Stable Door.

     

    Bolted.

     

     

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 4m4 minutes ago

     

     

    Findlay “Murray was anxious that when club sold nothing bad would happen that would reflect badly”

     

    McGill “Yes”

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    MIT on 9th May 2017 2:46 pm

     

     

    I get the impression that Mr Findlay QC may actually enjoy going above and beyond in this particular task!

     

     

     

    KTF

  28. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    Email to witness from Lawyers, 20 April 2011.

     

     

    “Independent committee anxious to find out no benefits to Murray they didn’t know about”

  29. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    McGill says “That may relate to the demerger” (of the metals business)

     

     

    (uh-oh!!)

  30. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    HRVATSKIJIM 1225

     

     

    Excellent post,mate.

     

     

    The more people who are aware of this,the more will go for treatment.

     

     

    Suffering and knowing it is at least something you can manage.

     

     

    Suffering and not knowing it is potentially fatal.

     

     

    Well done to Kris Boyd for speaking out about a taboo subject.

  31. BABASONICOS71 on

    STARRY…

     

    Great partnership at the back for us.Rieper’s one of those players I can’t recall making mistakes,a quiet 7.5/10 every week type of player.And I loved big Stubbsy,even made my own wee tune up for him at the time.To the tune of When You’re In Love With a Beautiful Woman:

     

     

    When you’re in love with a central defender

     

    You know it’s Stubbs,Alan Stubbs

     

    (repeat until bored) ;)

     

     

    None of them were as good as Virgil but together they were magnificent for us.

     

     

    HH

  32. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    @jamesdoleman

     

     

    McGill confirms agreement​ between Lloyds and Murray over metals business pre-dated Craig Whyte bid

     

     

     

    (louder uh-oh!!)