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I watched Kilmarnock previous home game against Inverness, as shambolic a defensive performance as I have seen in the SPL.  Shipping six goals against the team who were, and remain, bottom of the league is the kind of result that can decimate team morale, but St Johnstone’s result at Ibrox last week offered some encouragement that you can get at this this Rangers team.

It’s worth pointing out a few things.  Rangers are still four points clear at the top of the league, if we were in that position we would rightly be delighted and confident.  Pascali’s goal for Kilmarnock was also only their second goal conceded in eight SPL away games and only their seventh overall in 16 games – getting on for half a season.  By comparison, Celtic have conceded 14 goals, including three at Kilmarnock.

While that defensive record is commendable, the loss of Steven Naismith leaves them disproportionately dependent on Nikica Jelavic to maintain their goal-scoring threat, and Jelavic is not known for season-long durability.

When news came through that Sone Aluko had paid his transfer fee to become a Rangers player few of us expected him to make as quick an impact on the league table as he has, single-handedly playing three Kilmarnock players onside at the goal.  This is an unfortunate start to the player’s Rangers career but Rangers fans have a reputation for scapegoating (among other things).  For some, Aluko’s card is marked.  He’ll need a lot of talent to recover from this one.

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  1. Cultsbhoy:

     

    “I just have a wee inclination that Aluko might come good”

     

     

    He has already come good as far as I am concerned!

     

     

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  2. I think Sone Aluko might escape scapegoating by the Rangers fans.

     

     

    He has the great advantage of not being Irish.

     

     

    it’s not as if their fans would abuse their own for being non-Aryan. I mean ask Maurice Edu :-)

  3. Fierst post since yesterday’s game.

     

    I have been trying to work out GS.

     

     

    Paul67 – timing is everything – some recycling.

     

     

    After 22 hours of trying – I can’t.

     

    He is effectively the JS’s QSG in one body.

     

    His head and attitude are another matter but the talent is all there.

     

     

    GC – Physique and presence.

     

    DH – Tackling.

     

    KD – Vision

     

    DMcG – Finishing.

     

    PW – Saving his best for TFOD.

     

    LM – Luck with the horses.

     

     

    Good to see him getting a goal yesterday.

     

    Consequently there is now an 800lb gorilla out of work.

  4. Great result, overshadowed by the death of Gary Speed.

     

     

    Depression is a terrible thing, thankfully our manager got help for his condition.

     

     

    Getting remarkably warmer around the parkhead area, was -15 3 weeks ago!!

  5. From 15 points behind when we went to Motherwell a mere 3 weeks ago, to 4 points behind today.

     

    At this rate we’ll have the league tied up by Ne’erday ;-)

  6. Yes Paul, they are 4 points clear and we would like a 4 point lead. BUT imagine that 4 point lead had been a 15 point one, or even, in real terms ‘just’a 9 pointer. Imagine we had lost away to Killie, drawn at home to St Johnstone and St Mirren in recent weeks and looked decidedly shaky in recent home games added to the fact that we had been pumped out of three competitions already with no excuse of midweek european games to make life harder for us……..

     

     

    One training ground will be a happy and positive place to be this week and the other a place that isn’t quite as brimful of confidence as it was two short weeks ago.

     

     

    Focus is required as is a new face or two for the squad – we cannot hide the obvious weaknesses which will be tested again before the season is out.

     

     

    Any chance of us going back for Diawara?

  7. Tom McL @ 15.39 – Previous Thread

     

     

    If you knew your history …

     

    The youth of today, spoon fed.

     

     

    Just when did you start to follow the club?

     

     

    JS – just who could I be talking about?

     

    The 1970’s QSG – surely you know the group I am talking about?

     

     

    Finally anyone work out why GH was having a mega strop as the 1st half wore on?

     

    He looked as if someone had eat his last Rollo.

  8. I honestly feel sick about Gary Speed. It is so sad. Never nice to hear about these things but your thoughts have to be there in part today at least.

     

     

    It must have been very emotional at Swansea today.

  9. CultsBhoy hates being 2nd on

    from previous thread..

     

     

    reilly1926

     

     

    I’m DELIGHTED with the progress we have made..and I have already said it goes well against my expectations. I’m not alone in that – I’m probably more honest than many inasmuch as I’m happy to come on CQN and say so…

     

     

    I’m sure I don’t need to tell you who is not good enough – you should already know.Put it this way – any player who is in his 3rd season but is not a first team regular should go (Sammi is the exception).

     

     

    I’m on record as saying I’d like a new goalie who is a Celtic owned permanently contracted player, I don’t like our CB options, particularly Dan.

     

     

    I’m not keen on Ki or Brown, either

     

     

    On the otherhand, I like Kayal, Mulgrew, Stokes, Sammi – all players other CQN-ers can get wired in to..but it’s all about opinions..

     

     

    Mine is just as valid as yours…

  10. Hay Madmitch – the Enigma Code Breaker is now broken on account of trying to decipher your post!!!

     

     

    Anyway I’m away for a COT and to DSWATH before MRST gets back from TS and cuts my KA for sitting at this computer for TL.

     

     

    TTFN, LALAR

  11. RIP Gary Speed

     

     

    Watched football focus yesterday,thought Gary

     

    still looked like he should be playing.

     

    Seems he was a well liked guy,big Savage on

     

    BBC news couldn’t get through his interview,

     

    kept breaking up..

  12. The Honest Mistake (Sickened) on

    Paul67.

     

    It’s all about context. We’d be far from happy or comfortable if we had a 12 point lead last week and it was now 4 points. 8 points in one week is enough to make them tremble.

     

    Can you hear the thunder?

  13. Keevins on Friday:

     

     

    I think Sone Aluko against Kilmarnock on Sunday fired up by his arrival at the club might just run riot there.

     

     

     

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  14. I think we better wait until if\when we are above Rangers in the league before we get too cocky. Lot of football to be played.

     

     

    Hooper & Ledley been immense last few games. Gutted Commons is out again, looked sharp. Cant wait for Mulgrew and Izzy to get back fit.

     

     

    Sad day for football today though..

     

     

    Gary Speed R.I.P

     

     

    Hail Hail

  15. Larsson and McStay on

    RobertTressell says:

     

    27 November, 2011 at 15:53

     

    Hay Madmitch – the Enigma Code Breaker is now broken on account of trying to decipher your post!!!

     

     

    Anyway I’m away for a COT and to DSWATH before MRST gets back from TS and cuts my KA for sitting at this computer for TL.

     

     

    TTFN, LALAR

     

     

     

    Magic…..really laughed at that.

  16. Paul67

     

     

    You may have got the dubious honour of having that headline pinned to the ipox dressing room wall if you were the regular Scottish press…I would leave them to just stumble on with the fawning local press doing us a all a favour. Dont interrupt your enemy when they are having a mare. :0)

  17. Feel sorry for Aluko,guy was getting bummed up

     

    all week cause he is with the huns.

     

     

    Boy was a free transfer(kinda)and out of work.

     

     

    The usual hun propaganda machine went into overdrive..

     

    …..Sone big boost to team etc,etc.

     

     

    poor sod disnae know what he’s let himself in for.

  18. Maybe sometime in the near future i’ll get some satisfaction from the result from Rugby Park today but at the moment i just feel the news of Gary Speed renders football meaningless.

     

    My thhoughts go out to his family.

     

    A genuine tragedy.

  19. Posted this on the last thread

     

     

    Madmitch and others

     

     

    “After 22 hours of trying – I can’t.

     

    He is effectively the JS’s QSG in one body.

     

    His head and attitude are another matter but the talent is all there.

     

     

    GC – Physique and presence.

     

    DH – Tackling.

     

    KD – Vision

     

    DMcG – Finishing.

     

    PW – Saving his best for TFOD.

     

    LM – Luck with the horses.

     

     

    Good to see him getting a goal yesterday.

     

    Consequently there is now an 800lb gorilla out of work. ”

     

     

     

     

    After 22 minutes of trying, I think I have found the Rosetta stone to unlock the above. I knew JS must refer to Jock Stein BUT… JS’s QSG???

     

     

    Queer straight guy??

     

    Queen’s Scottish Guards???

     

    Quivering Sieve Goalie??

     

     

    Then, my wife offered me a Quality Street and I was able to change Gary Caldwell to George Connelly, and the rest were easy.

     

     

    Maybe if he’d added VD to the list I would have got it earlier :-)

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