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Gerrard building his own gallows

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I indulged in a bit of radio call-in listening last night to hear how the other side are dealing with their recent implosion.  Blame flows in all directions when aspirational clubs win nothing and perspective is difficult to find.

Steven Gerrard is in his second season as a manager, most of his players have won little or nothing in their careers.  As a club, this is only their second season playing two games a week for months on end.  Contrast this to Celtic, which has years of corporate learning ingrained into the fabric of Lennoxtown.

Celtic know what work to do at the margins to ensure players can deliver at the weekend as well as on European duty.  They learned this through many seasons of fine-tuning.  They know what training and rest is required, what nutrition works best and how to motivate players to continue to achieve.

It is usually fans who have not kicked a ball for decades that accuse players of not trying or caring enough when they suffer a bad result against a weaker team.  In fact, football is far more nuanced.  Players are not machines and never will be.  Get the preparation 10% wrong and even the best are liable to lose.

It is the manager’s job to know this and to find the words to explain what went wrong, while keeping an eye on the next challenge.  Steven Gerrard is not alone in expressing his despair at players’ inconsistencies, but in doing so, he is building his own gallows.  Leave that chat to those who only know how to shout from this sides, but know nothing about dominating an opponent on the field.

It has been a while, but you and I have seen things go wrong at Celtic, as they will do again.  When it happens, don’t be like Steven and his ‘The players are not good enough” fans.  Newco players are, in fact, performing well above reasonable expectations.  That they will forever struggle to win a trophy is not their fault.

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  1. Timaloy29

     

     

    Personally , I feel we’ve badly missed Ntcham the last couple of games.

     

    He gives McGregor a helping hand, and they seem to tandem very well.

     

     

    The Brown, McGregor, Rogic, combination to my mind, leaves McGregor ploughing a lonely furrow

  2. weebobbycollins on

    Is it true the huns are singing god save the queen whilst washing their hands?

  3. Contrast this to Celtic, which has years of corporate learning ingrained into the fabric of Lennoxtown.

     

    Celtic know what work to do at the margins to ensure players can deliver at the weekend as well as on European duty. They learned this through many seasons of fine-tuning. They know what training and rest is required, what nutrition works best and how to motivate players to continue to achieve…….

     

     

    …….. It has been a while, but you and I have seen things go wrong at Celtic, as they will do again.

     

     

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    Really Paul?

     

     

    All of 5 days I’d say since we managed to get things really very significantly wrong.

     

     

    As for a consistent corporate structure being embedded in Lennoxtown? Not unless it’s a stain on the Astro? Cos when BR left, the entire core went with him.

     

     

    And that’s before we get to the dozen or so ‘benchfiller stocking fillers’ accumulated at a Cost of £Ms over a series of Santa transfer windows.

     

     

    We’re in a great place compared to the Stickies. But we shouldn’t let that disguise our several key areas where significant improvement is possible and necessary.

     

     

    HH jg

  4. Didn’t really think the Perth Puddle was the time or place for our resident Wizard of Oz. But I was so wrong. Some of his touches when he came on were utterly sublime.

     

     

    HH jg

  5. as i said yesterday, i wash me mitts to rockall rockall your never fall on britains dirty hands.

  6. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Can you believe this – they are planning a minutes applause for Stevie G tomorrow night to thank him for not quitting…

     

     

    “The proposal is for the home support inside Ibrox to applaud for 60 seconds in the 8th minute of Wednesday’s Premiership clash, in reference to the iconic No8 jersey worn by Gerrard during his playing days:”

     

     

    Somebody needs to let them know – its Stevie G the manager you’ve got – not Stevie G the player :-)

  7. Jamesgang

     

     

    Indeed, I thought big Rogic was really good on Sunday when he came on, and, despite the result, really good last Thursday

     

     

    Great to see him starting to get back in the groove (let’s just hope he stays fit)

     

     

    B-)

  8. bigrailroadblues on

    Good evening all from the Star Bar. Gerard is a cowardly thug who keeps the company of bullies, thieves and murderers in his home town. He is well suited to that pile of stinking hun vermin.

  9. bigrailroadblues on

    AT. The lemon buzzbomb was an extraordinary footballer. I was lucky enough to see him destroy many teams with his pace and finishing.

  10. the lennox goals had me getting a tingly spine. wonderful

     

     

    the set up play, the assists, wee jinky in madrid,

     

     

    lemons range of finishes the speed,

     

     

    it is a wonderful watch,

     

     

    ta for that

  11. It seems before EVERY league match since the winter break I say to myself ‘just win this won and we will be ok’

     

     

    Same for Livi tomorrow night lol

     

     

    Mon the Celts

  12. Am I the only One questioning Paul’s post .

     

     

    Rangers managed their midweek European fixtures and won both.

     

    We drew and lost at home .

     

    To a team who were not as match fit as we were ,after a winter break .

     

    They also lost their top goal scorer ,just before we played them ,and replaced him with a 35 year old.

     

     

    More Los is to blame for the drop in Sevco results since January.

     

     

    Gerrard’s one fault is that he wears his heart on his sleeve and is too honest.

     

     

    It’s refreshing ,but his detractors are using it against him.

     

     

    This league is not won yet .

     

     

    Drop points to Livi ,defeat at Ayebrokes,leaves us with a nail biter at Easter Road to not go behind in the league race.

     

     

    We picked up 1 point out of 6 at Livi and Hibs in the first half of the season and lost to Sevco in our last fixture.

     

     

    We need to stop thinking that the league is won until it is actually won.

     

     

    We might then have earned the right to have a wee laugh at their expense.

     

     

    He who laughs last .

     

     

    TT

  13. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Rock Tree Bhoy @ 5:15pm

     

     

    For real?

     

     

    Who is suggesting this?

  14. Me too Bhoylo but genuinely this is the one that bothered me most. If we do win tomorrow we win the League IMO,

  15. Jamesgang4.54

     

     

    I’ve just read your post .

     

    It would seem we have similar views on this thread.

     

     

    TT

  16. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    TT – agree the league is not won.

     

     

    No complacency here but the trends and indicators are very promising.

     

     

    BTW – we were eliminated on Thursday by a higher ranked team from a higher ranked country.

     

     

    Who were fitter and more free of knocks and injuries as a result of a winter break they clearly managed well and emerged quickly from.

     

     

    Bit like us in early February in fact.

     

     

    Tomorrow’s game massive psychologically.

     

     

    Hail hail

     

     

    Keep The Faith

  17. unless you choose not to it’s a very easy thing to understand

     

     

    We are in the threshold of winning everything we possibly can in Scotland for the fourth year in a row while playing 2 games a week almost every week. We’ve played 16 games in Europe this season and won the next game 15 times. It’s an incredible record

     

     

    Of the 20 teams that played on Thursday night and then Sunday 10 failed to win.

  18. TT

     

     

    The handsome young Tim by the name of Ruggyman also expressed a similar view.

     

     

    HH jg

  19. !!Bada Bing!! on

    AN SFA decision on whether or not to take the matter of Rangers’ 2011-12 European licence to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) could finally come in a matter of weeks, SunSport understands.

     

     

    It will be two years this May since then compliance officer Tony McGlennan issued a fresh notice of complaint against Rangers for alleged breaches of Uefa’s rules relating to their application to play European football that season.

  20. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    BACK TO BASICS – GLASS HALF FULL on 3RD MARCH 2020 5:39 PM

     

     

    “Rangers Fans Planning Minute’s Applause to Show ‘Appreciation’ for Steven Gerrard Tomorrow Night

     

     

    A group of Rangers supporters are attempting to organise a minute’s applause during tomorrow night’s game against Hamilton Accies as a way of demonstrating their appreciation for manager Steven Gerrard.

     

     

    Following Saturday’s Scottish Cup quarter-final exit away to Hearts, a dejected Gerrard admitted he’d have to consider his future at Ibrox, as well as closely scrutinise his methods and his players’ performances.

     

     

    As we told you earlier today, Gerrard has since met with the media and poured cold water on suggestions he could be about to quit the Glasgow giants but that hasn’t stopped Twitter user Bluepokerstar from organising a show of support for their gaffer.

     

     

    The proposal is for the home support inside Ibrox to applaud for 60 seconds in the 8th minute of Wednesday’s Premiership clash, in reference to the iconic No8 jersey worn by Gerrard during his playing days:”

     

     

    quite incredible – they’ve all lost the plot – billiant!

  21. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    RTB – cheers.

     

     

    Just when you think you’ve seen everything.

     

     

    Celebration of mediocrity.

     

     

    BTW – did that Joey Garner tribute ever make it to number one?

  22. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    TINYTIM on 3RD MARCH 2020 5:36 PM

     

     

     

    We drew and lost at home .

     

     

     

    To a team who were not as match fit as we were after a winter break .

     

     

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    Apparently they were actually fitter, Ajer knows the Scandinavian set up and he reckons they train like dogs during the winter break, that coupled with the rest, ah well water under the bridge now,

  23. Rock Tree Bhoy on

    Borna Barisic has been speaking to the Daily Record…

     

     

    “We haven’t given up the fight for the title yet but if we were out of Europe already that would be a bad thing for us because Rangers is a big club with a real army of loyal fans who always ask the most of us.

     

     

    “Fortunately we were really good against Braga and deservedly went through.

     

     

    “Of course they (the fans) are disappointed and unhappy because they’ve been waiting for the league and both we and they were counting on it being this season.

     

     

    “I repeat, we haven’t given up on it yet, but it will be difficult.

     

     

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    Wonder why they keep promoting this idea that they are a BIG CLUB – whats that all about I wonder,

     

     

    Genuine Big Clubs never ever have to say ‘we are a big club’ and they go on about it all the time :-)

  24. Another important reason to beat Livi tomorrow night is that if they remain in top 6, it’s almost certain that we will have to play them on their plastic a 3rd time after the split.

     

    St. Johnstone are 6 behind Livi with a game in hand. They are playing St. Mirren tomorrow so if results fall right it could be 3 pts tomorrow.

     

    St. Johnstone then have Livi on their own patch at the weekend so a win there would see both sides level on pts with Saints having game in hand against Huns.

     

     

    Playing Saints away would be no walk in the park but I’d prefer it to another game on Livi’s plastic.

  25. Hi Bhoys

     

     

    Celtic fans should join in the applause tomorrow night but in the 9th minute. I think you know why.😂😂😂

     

     

    KEEP THE FAITH