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As a rule, I don’t like managers complaining about the pitch, the weather (Barbara is blowing in Hamilton right now), the ball or anything else prior to a game. Experience suggests if you give players an excuse to underperform, they’ll grab it with both hands.

The pitch at the Superseal (save us) Stadium Hamilton is more than adequate for a football match, let’s get on with it.

After a run of solid results Accies came off the rails in the last two games, losing narrowly to the top two: 1-0 away to Celtic then 1-2 to Newco in Hamilton. These are not the games which are important for Hamilton but losing twice by a single goal will sting. Barricades will be reinforced for Celtic tomorrow.

Brendan Rodgers has managed his squad subliminally well this month, resting players throughout but still putting a team on the field to win all, apart from the 1-1 away in the Champions League. He’ll know that anything less than 100% tomorrow brings the real risk of dropped points, so I’m far from sure he’ll be in the mood to rest anyone.

It’s been a couple of weeks since we saw images of Kieran Tierney back training. When he went through his operation we were told it would be January before we’d see him back, but he’s a fit lad, I wonder if he’ll be ready for 20 minutes on the magnificently smooth Lanarkshire surface.

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    HUNDERBIRDSAREGONE

     

     

    Best wishes and prayers for divine intervention for Dougie.

     

     

    HH

  2. TONYDONNELLY67 on 23RD DECEMBER 2016 12:07 PM

     

    MING on 23RD DECEMBER 2016 11:16 AM

     

     

    Brexit – where the UK grew a pair

     

     

     

     

    Indi ref – where Scotland bottled it

     

     

     

     

    expectingflakCSC

     

     

     

     

    Bottled it? Why because I didn’t vote for a free Scotland that came with a Union Jack and a sovereignty? You havin a laugh, snp, plastic jocks.

     

     

     

    Give me a Scottish Republican Party if you want to play big boys games, know your history ffs.

     

     

    Scotland on its Owen nothing else, no Jack, no sovereignty, yer never gonny see it, well no in ma time anyway.

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PAUL67

     

     

    Brendan has squad-management down to a T so far. He’ll do what is needed over the next few matches with the winter break very much in mind.

     

     

    No predictions though. Wish my New Year resolutions lasted as long as my new season resolution has!

  4. Barbara blowing in Hamilton right now, seriously? Cough cough

     

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    you aint lived til you experience a blow from Barbara in Hamilton

  5. FL- more chance of game being off than on IMO, will be interesting to see if Motherwell game is on tonight.

  6. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Hmmmm…

     

     

    Who would be more inconvenienced by a match played on a plastic pitch in storm conditions?

  7. FOGHORN LEGHORN on 23RD DECEMBER 2016 12:13 PM

     

    Barbara blowing in Hamilton right now, seriously? Cough cough

     

     

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    you aint lived til you experience a blow from Barbara in Hamilton

     

     

    A just called a cab there, am on ma way.

  8. If all the games are on tonight, and the ham v tic game is on tomorrow, and another game in Glasgow gets cancelled tomorrow, that will be interesting, one call off tonight or tomorrow may bail thems out me thinks.?

  9. Weather forecast for tomorrow ( In both Hamilton and Glasgow) is for a 40-42 mph blast at 12 noon then a mere zephyr of 16-18 mph for the duration of the matches.

     

     

    JJ

     

     

    PS Why has Jobo not been onto this? 0:-)

  10. adi_dasler on 23rd December 2016 12:31 pm

     

     

     

    This will test crumbledome.

     

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    My thoughts exactly

  11. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    I posted this on the end of the previous thread, so apologies for the repost. Heartfelt thanks to those who have already Can I convey my deepest sympathies to all of those recently bereaved. It is a difficult time of the year to face such grief. Remember the gift of knowing, and sharing the life, of the people you loved.

     

     

     

    I wrote a few months ago about my shock of learning a very close friend was starting a battle with cancer. I was best man at Dougie’s wedding 25 years ago. His wife is Irish, and the wedding was held in Mullingar, and the honeymoon (which I joined the couple on) was in Dingle. That week is one of my happiest memories i have in my life.

     

     

     

    Sad to say that happiness has been matched by my shock to hear the news that Dougie’s chemo has been unsuccessful, the cancer has spread, and his depressing prognosis is that he has 6 months at best to live, and possibly only 3.

     

     

     

    Could I ask that any CQNers who have a strong faith could perhaps add my great friend to their prayers. His wife, his teenage daughter and son do not deserve this news, especially at such a time. Dougie is only 53 years old.

     

     

     

    Best wishes to everyone over Christmas, and I hope everyone has a positive new year.

  12. If structural engineers have carried out a report ( Wolfgang Hunter?) on the Ibrox roof and deemed that any remedial action is required, it is almost certain that there will be provisions for adverse weather until such time as the remedials have been completed. Normally weather warnings for high winds are the trigger.

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    TONYDONNELLY67 on 23RD DECEMBER 2016 12:09 PM

     

     

    100% agree Tony. No sovereign; our own currency; and no financial control from London or Brussels!

     

     

    Strange days when TD67 and VFR are singing from the same hymn sheet!

     

     

     

    KTF

  14. Hot Smoked at 12:23 –

     

     

    Excuse me, i AM onto it and can confirm that not only is Barbara blowing in Hamilton, she’s blowing just as strong in ole EK.

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