Five in open battle for central defensive places

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After the dust settled on Sunday’s game I considered the four central defenders we fielded.  Acknowledging his poor performance, Brendan Rodgers reminded us Dedryck Boyata was just back from injury and will improve.  Jozo Simunovic coasted through the game but got drawn into the spate of off the ball acts which was a feature of the game.

Kris Ajar (19) continued his excellent recent form, while Jack Hendry (22) didn’t miss a beat when introduced after Jozo’s red card.  There will be tougher challenges ahead, but these two are more than comfortable at this level and have a genuine claim to a starting place at Hampden.

The Morton game a week earlier gave Marvin Compper an opportunity to show how match-fit he is – not sufficiently, was the outcome.  Marvin is at the club to bring experience and stability to the defensive line.  Our four games before the split are all against lower half of the league opposition.  The German international must be given plenty of game time in the coming month.

What our central defence will look like for the qualifiers remains an open book.  All five players discussed above are under consideration.  I expect comings and goings throughout the window in this area too.  Brendan will expect Marvin to play a significant part, but it will be a battle for all of them; which is a good thing.

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  1. Best thing to do is not stoop to the level of the agitators. It’s easy just to scroll past as soon as you see the name at the top of the post.

     

    I have better things to do with my life than read the same nonsense over and over ad nauseum.

  2. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Stewart Gilmour seems very upset about Doncaster being appointed to the SFA board.

     

    He claims that it is a political move, to be someone’s puppet.

     

     

    I wonder who he means?

     

     

    I don’t know what kind of board member he will make , but if Gilmour is agin it, then I am for it.

  3. Big Packy at 6.13, I think I read somewhere that the Collum is not teaching anymore. I believe he has an office job in education and that allows him to make more money, gained from trips into Europe.

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MAHETHEMADMAN

     

     

    No,mate. I responded to a post from KEVJ and it was gone so quickly I thought I’d failed to post it.

  5. THE EXILED TIM on 13th March 2018 10:22 pm

     

     

     

    Killie oot, two out of five, shocking

     

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    They were the one team I thought might prove difficult for us to handle.

  6. CONNAIRE12,thanks for the info, just a bit of a tongue in cheek post, hope you are well.hh.

  7. Mahe the Madman on

    BMCUWP,

     

     

    cheers was just hoping theres no abusive posts being flung due to me,, I know that post might wake some up ;) i mean prepare the natives for the big test to come rather.

     

     

    Vfr,,no need to respond,,was just intended as a bit of banter. Later.

     

     

    Hail Hail.

  8. Any ways……..the ETV caught on camera by the USAF today was brilliant. Used to be called UFO’s but to near to another well known phrase. So, hands up…..who believes in extra terrestrial aliens and their flying machines?

  9. You lot might not want to talk about them now but wait til they finally land and tell us the earth is flat

  10. KevJ

     

     

    If you hear of 2 tix going spare for semi give me a shout. I’d love to take my bhoy to game after having to give up my books 2 months into season after being on dole for a few months. So if you here anything give me a shout so I can spoil my bhoy.

     

     

    MWD

  11. Looks like there was a bit of fun & games on the blog. I missed the lot out for a few pints. OK How many yellows issued any reds?.

  12. MWD

     

     

    The Flat Earth Society website states they have members all around the globe. Seriously. How’s you D, hope you’re well. HH