Lessons learned from Friday experiment


After every experimental line-up (such as Friday’s), it’s tempting to ask what the manager learned from the experience.

The partnerships on the left and right wings didn’t look right.  Emilio Izaguirre didn’t overlap as often as usual and Stuart Armstrong was less effective than normal.  A lack of space impacted the James Forrest-Adam Matthews partnership on the right.  Forrest was manhandled until he switched left or got inside the box, when he was able to play unhindered.

Ineffectiveness on the wings led to the same up front.  Anthony Stokes doesn’t get to play centre forward too often and didn’t really get much of a chance on Friday.  Stokes anonymity was the most glaring aspect of the game but I suspect the responsibility lies elsewhere.

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  1. Cloughie took the Notts Forest players for a pint in Davie Hay’s pub on the day of the game.


    Cloughie out foxed Davie for the home game .


    We were just too naive

  2. Stringer Bell on




    no idea mate, though I’m positive it’s not in Ayrshire!



    It looks a sure fire elastic loosener though :-)

  3. That hotel in the grotto is in Italy of course! Somewhere on the Adriatic coast.



    €15 for a pint of Moretti.




  4. 67Heaven .. CHALLENGING THE LIE ..I am wee Oscar...... Ipox belongs to the creditors on

    ROY CROPPY ……. SOME MHAN……I’ve just spent the last hour or so looking at every one of the photos etc you posted yesterday ….. bought back fantastic memories ……one in particular, the stairs leading up to the Celtic End had me gobsmacked ……!!!!!!!!



    THANK YOU and HAIL HAIL to you, sir….!!!!

  5. bmcuwp



    Ive still got my whole ticket from the 1st leg because they opened that gate and let everyone in.



    £2.50 for the ticket!



    Those were the days :)



    Less than the cost of a pint of the black stuff……unless in Swindon of course.





    It’s slipping down nicely after an unusually quiet weekend.

  7. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Charlie nicholas tells sky sports he’s an arse, sorry , arsenal man.



    Good player for us but does nothing for us now. Him & white’s off mic comments at the ac milan game about potatoes and the fields of athenry were enough for me.



    The look on his coupon when neil came into the sky room after the sammi game at ibrox was one of oh s@@@

  8. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Ask delaney’s what he wore down to the artic condotions in nottingham for that game





    One superb season for us and Couldnae get away quick enough.



    Replaced by Brian McClair who gave us four excellent seasons. And has never badmouthed us either.

  10. Ex Raith Rovers chairman Turnbull Hutton passed away last night.



    He did not stay silent when wrong was being done.



    May he RIP.








    Celtic strip,shorts included?








    That is a tragedy for his family,and bad news for Scottish football too.



    He gained a lot of respect by his words and his actions. A good man who will be missed.

  13. Craigellachie10 on

    Very sorry to hear of the death of Turnbull Hutton, he played an honourable role in bringing Regan, Doncaster and their allies to heel.



    Heard him interviewed a few times and always spoke sense.



    Sympathy to his family and friends.

  14. the glorious balance sheet on

    Sorry to hear that Turnbull Hutton has died.



    Scottish football has too few men of integrity, and now has one less.



    He will be missed.

  15. Very sad to hear of the passing of Turnbull Hutton.



    A man of principle not afraid to stand up for justice.



    He will be sadly missed.



    Heartfelt condolences to his family.

  16. RIP Turnbull Hutton Scottish football will be the poorer for his passing, need more like him. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  17. Saddened to hear of the passing of Turnbull Hutton.


    A man of integrity and principle .


    He did not cow-tow to the Orcs.


    He never allowed the intimidation to win.


    His stand in Scottish Footballs hour of need will never be forgotten




  18. Sad news of the passing of Turnbull Hutton ,pity there were not more like him in Scottish football.R.I.P big guy.

  19. Turnbull Hutton R.I.P


    When will we see his likes again


    Told them what was going on and he was not going to stay silent , put many in Scottish football to shame.


    Thoughts with his family

  20. Rest In Peace Mr Hutton, a man not afraid to tell the truth in times of cheating and conniving..



    The game will be poorer without you..



    May your family be comforted in the sad time.

  21. ....PFayr supports WeeOscar on

    Sad news ..men of integrity and substance are in short supply in Scottish Football



    When the next Hun con arises …who will stand up to them



    RIP Turnbull Hutton

  22. Just the six picks for the Easter Monday CQN Coupon:



    AWATR: Rochdale


    GL2: Northampton


    Jobo: Norwich


    LB: Bournemouth


    PF: Bury


    TTT: FleetwooD



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  23. Professor Green on




    Yes was on that flight too. Hope you enjoyed Copenhagen as much as we did :-)



    Sad news regarding Turnbull Hutton. He deserved great credit for insisting the rules were not bent for one failed club.

  24. Sad news about Turnbull Hutton. May he rest in peace.


    I’d like to see a show of respect for him at the Glasgow derby on Wednesday

  25. Nye Bevans' rebel soldier on

    Sorry to here of the passing of Turnbull Hutton,a true man


    of principle,a rare thing in Scottish fitba.

  26. RIP Turnbull Hutton.



    Our country needs more men willing to stand up against the cosy concensus.

  27. Condolences to Turnbull Hutton’s family – what a tremendous christian name…



    Prof Green / VP – I’m heading to Copenhagen in june – still to book hotel – any tips? – will have a toddler with us…