Ronny’s Aberdeen-Salzburg dilemma


Before the second leg against Maribor I went into detail about how important it was for Ronny Deila to rest his players.  He did, we lost to Inverness and players spent the bulk the Maribor game looking like strangers.

Since then players’ propensity to look strangers has increased, with the arrival of Stefan Scepovic, John Guidetti and Wakaso Mubarak, not to mention the anticipated return of Aleks Tonev.  Ronny has some serious decisions to make.

Does he flood the team with all this new blood, or allow them time to build match fitness and familiarity?  New blood is badly needed but so is team cohesion.

Any decision for Aberdeen will be made with the visit to Salzburg one week today in mind.  On paper, away to the top seed is our most difficult Europa League game, so we have to be ready.

My expectation is that three, if not all four, of the above will feature heavily on Saturday, which will inform Ronny ahead of his choices for Europe.

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  1. sftb….



    Thoughtful piece but…



    To my hearing the word patriotic has only been used once in the official campaigns by….



    The lamentable Johann Lamont of the Better Together Group!



    Just saying’




  2. Vespacide



    14:20 on 11 September, 2014



    ‘Ernie, do you really want me to expose how evasive, rude, and hypocritical you are, again ?’








    I spit on your threats.



    So does my camel.

  3. The Celtic Way




    14:11 on 11 September, 2014




    If Mike Ashley is looking for guidance in utilising his naming rights at Ibrox he could do a lot worse than follow this example.





    Or have they suffered enough?




    Let’s put it to the people.



    I vote No! :-))

  4. gordon_j – he’s the minister who seems to spend all his time rendering unto Caesar, but no so much to God.



    If I remember correctly he went into a huff when the politicians refused to do an anti-democratic stitch-up to let him run for parliament unopposed. (thumbsup)

  5. philvisreturns



    13:39 on 11 September, 2014


    ernie lynch – thanks for posting that. It’s an interesting story, and it speaks well of Mo Mowlam’s character. A lot of politicians strike me as sociopaths who would have carried on without a shadow of a doubt troubling their conscience.



    Yes, whenever a politician says “we have XX days to save the NHS”, they’re engaged in sophistry. There is no campaign to do away with the NHS, any more than there is to abolish babies or helpless, fluffy kittens.



    There are legitimate debates over how the NHS is structured and funded, but unless there’s a sea change in public opinion it will continue to be taxpayer funded and free at the point of need for our lifetimes. (thumbsdoon)




    That’s not true though mate, is it? The EU is currently negotiating the TTIP with the US. If it goes through it will open up the whole of the UK NHS to privatisation. There are no regional opt-outs, only country opt-outs.



    An independent Scotland could ask for an opt-out but under Westminster rule they can’t be exempt, as Cameron hasn’t asked for an opt-out. So unless we find a way to make that happen the Scottish NHS will be privatised. There was a letter in The Lancet about it yesterday.

  6. moonbeams wd. – Thanks. I read the link, and there was no mention of the Tories promising “new powers”. (thumbsup)

  7. Auldheid,


    We have had our disagreements on here a few times, however if resolution 12 questions dont get the fair hearing that is deserved, then it wont be the fault of folks like yourself. You only need to have a look around at what the huns/sevco have got away with so far to understand what we are up against.



    In fact if we had a hundred more who put in the same amount of effort, we might have been able to do better. Keep fighting the good fight!

  8. Scrolling through the last blog comments I was reminded of a comment I once made of KDS before I moved to the then more rational CQN. It was



    “It’s not that reason does not surface occasionally here (KDS) but that it struggles to stay afloat.



    It is pretty clear that the Referendum debate has raised passions/feelings but no matter how real a feeling feels it is not real. It is the product of a thought held by the individual.


    Change the thought and change the feeling.


    So when alternatives views are expressed rather than dismiss them, look for the thinking that produces them with a view to finding common ground.


    It is on common ground that folk unite but it seems we are he’ll bent and I mean he’ll bent, trying to scare each other to death.


    Look at the risks? Are they real? Do we have control over what creates the risk? Can we reduce it or do we just ignore the possibility it might happen.



    The head is made for thinking, the heart for pumping the feelings the head creates.



    Let’s take a time out to see if we are right in the head and listen to each others fears just in case our thinking is stinking.



    Independence for the UK is not a long married couple breaking up. It’s two twins joined at the hip and elsewhere, and if separation is to keep both healthily alive it had better be done with thought and care

  9. chavez – f it goes through it will open up the whole of the UK NHS to privatisation.



    How would that work then?



    HYPERGLOBALMEGACORP: We insist that you privatise the NHS, Mr. Prime Minister!



    Ed Miliband (for it is he): Ok.







    Hmmm…. nah. (thumbsup)

  10. SFTB



    Tiresome, agreed



    no name calling from you at all…….apart from something about reformed smokers and a few others although I won’t be trawling back through. I know you will justify that as not came calling at all, just a response to the barbs but at the very least it is just constant offence being taken, something to ponder I would respectfully suggest.



    Self praise or sharing a heartfelt belief – you decide



    Anyway, election fever?






    emotions are going to get ramped up for another week, I really should have stuck to my default that Scots are too feart (sorry I really meant canny, canny and slow to change) and it will be a No, but sometimes I let optimism get the better of me.



    I hope you will not be too hard on me next week when my emotions plummet from hope to desperation.

  11. sftb…



    As I said, only in my hearing.



    Nonetheless whether yes or no the lack of an overt call to patriotism has imo been a positive as far as the overall debate is concerned.




  12. Chavez



    14:34 on 11 September, 2014



    The NHS would be free at the point of use and paid for out of general taxation but the sevice provided by private contractors.



    Just like the GP service is at the moment.



    I’m not in favour of the idea, but to describe it as the abolition of the NHS is wrong.



    It will afect NHS employees more than it will affect the public.

  13. There is a real misunderstanding of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership here – largely because the nationalists are promoting an interpretation that is misconceived.



    TTIP would not force anyone to privatise anything.



    Rather it deals with what happens when contracts are put out to tender. Currently large public contracts have to be made available to all companies in the EU under the single market. You can’t just advertise in your own country. TTIP would extend this so that American firms would also have to be given the opportunity to bid.



    So, if services are privatised then TTIP comes into play. If they are not then it doesn’t.



    There is no service contract for the provision of general NHS services. The Scottish government simply grant funds health boards to provide health services. And as long as the boards employ staff to provide these services directly then there is no provatisation and no contracts for TTIP to apply.

  14. Steinreignedsupreme on

    So much for the BBC not allowing gorgeous George on QT, or Sturgeon and Salmond refusing to appear with him.



    Sad that people fell for that sh1te really.



    Obviously it’s not just the Zombies that are gullible.

  15. I’ve a good friend who is waiting for a knee replacement on the NHS.



    She got a call yesterday that she has a place available next Friday at a private hospital as the local NHS hospital waiting list is lengthy.



    NHS treatment in a private hospital, happens all the time.

  16. gordon_j – Good summary.



    And no government is going to “privatise” the NHS for two reasons:



    * the voters would kill them


    * nobody would buy it



    What is happening is that some NHS services are provided under private sector contracts, which is a good thing if we get more healthcare for our money.



    As long as we still get our knee operations or what-have-you, patients don’t care.



    But that’s not as exciting or vote-grabbing as saying ZOMG! THEYRE GONNA PRIVATERISE TEH NHS!!!!!11 (thumbsup)

  17. Auldheid



    My only reading into that is that you believe those of us voting YES are doing so with only our hearts and without due consideration and from an informed position.



    It is however my belief that, an this is from talking to people who are voting yes, that in the main they have looked out the information, understand the risks, have balanced what we have with the Union against what they believe an independent Scotland has to offer based on the ground swell of information readily available. I still seek out the No literature for balance just to check my stand ing on this, albiet most of the time it does make me larf. In fact I thought The Scotsman’s editorial this morning to be very interseting and I would have paid more attention to it if I did not know already the Editor was a pro-unionist and and X-marine. the piece appeared very balanced leaning towards No but my information is that this was always going to be the way of it for The Scotsman and it was a matter of wording it in the leadup to the referendum. Information I have known for approx 4 months.



    On the other hand speaking to people in the No side one or two apart all I hear is a groundswell of ‘Acceptance of what we have and why change it’ with the majority not even having had considered or informed themselves of the Yes side. Pretty much how your post comes across actually. Or I am Labour and always have been so I’m voting No.



    I believe, and strongly, that in the main thoswe voting No are doionf so from an ill informed position. No matter their background, profession, role in society.



    I know which side of the informed debate i would rather be on. It is definately not yours.



    MWD says AYE

  18. monteblanco



    I did, indeed, compare the sudden enthusiasm for Scottish Independence, a feeling that was absent for much of the first 50 years when the SNP were offering it, as akin to the reformed zeal of an ex-smoker. I was not, of course, suggesting that all Yes voters were voting so because they were frustrated cos they were off the fags.



    But, even if I don’t think that is much of a barb (I don’t as a matter of fact, disapprove of ex-smokers), I will freely admit that there have been barbs and that some of them have been mine. “McGlashan” I will own up to, but I have been careful to apply it to those that mouth McGlashan like “glad to get rid of all you No voters” type of sentiments (as BillyBhoy05 said and has been echoed by some others, the latest variant being Celtic Champs Elect today. Like kitalba, I tend to answer like with like.



    However, I have also been careful to praise Yes voters like yourself and lionroars who have kept the Braveheart/Brigadoon rhetoric to a minimum and have, instead, emphasised the social justice (for those within Scottish geographical boundaries, at least)



    “Self praise or sharing a heartfelt belief – you decide”. I decided already- you shared a heartfelt belief that you were doing the right thing in voting Yes but you swerved into self-praise in calling that a brave decision.



    I will not be hard on anyone whether the vote is Yes or No. Right from the start I said I will still be here and trying to make the best of it. I have never stated that Scotland is too wee or too weak to go it alone (I hear more of that talk from Yessers claiming that is the argument). My position is that the disruption and start up costs do not justify the gain, which is only a changed border, IMO. Trident will still exist. Tories and UKIP (and their Scottish counterparts) will still exist. An uncertain global future will still frighten us all, whether Scottish, British, English or Syrian. There is no bravery or superiority in belonging to one or the other accidental nationalities that exist.



    When Lonnie Donegan sang “nobody loves like an Irishman”, I took it to be a comic sentiment rather than a boast.



    It is a wee bit harder to take, “You are a coward/ hun/ Orangeman/ BNP supporter” as a bit of harmless craic and banter but I can deal with it in other ways than calling myself brave for coping.



    I hope, after the vote, that most will treat fellow Celts with kindness and respect BUT….I will cope with the absence of invitation to Embra dinner parties if you can cope with some biting comments and claims to intellectual superiority from ernie lynch or Neg Anon, or some reference to being cranky and off the fags from me.

  19. Celtic Football Club@celticfc · 47s



    RD: “Scott Brown is like a new signing. He trains well and he might be available for Saturday. Everyone knows how important he is. (KM)

  20. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family


    14:57 on


    11 September, 2014




    hope it goes well for her..




    Many thanks BT

  21. Gordon J – After the reform of the Public Services act passed last year, the Scottish NHS can tender for any contracts and not just in the Health sector. This also means that other organisations can tender for contracts in the Health sector that currently only the NHS provide.



    Where TTIP can come into play is when funds previously passed to Health Boards are contested in courts as anti-competition by multi-nationals. Or maybe I’ve got it wrong?



    I’m not a nationalist btw, just a humble NHS worker who is very worried about the implications of TTIP.



    Also, not having a go at you or anyone else about this – I would just like to know more about it genuinely.

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