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. Looks a lot like Che Guevara



    15:07 on 11 September, 2014



    I was trying to avoid posting on the referendum until I seen this.The Independence movement is purely driven by anti English hatred,what a load of pish.

  2. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    It was never about it being left to us, it is was about being sick of the inaction and finding a way to make it happen that did not need permission and required action of stakeholders, we’ve achieved that, now we are removing the wriggle room, as Auldheid said earlier that is a delicate and time consuming job and I think we are being very successful indeed but as I’ve said many many times, only a result will prove our effectiveness.

  3. Sleekit says there will be no FFin’ administration:



    ‘Speaking ahead of Friday’s trip to Raith Rovers, he said: “I’ve been reassured by the chief executive that that (administration) will not be the case……I am not a financial man, I don’t see the accounts, I don’t know the accounts, I don’t know the expenditure, I don’t know the ins and outs” ‘




    ‘McCoist really is naive wee boy in amongst sharks’




    ‘That is the way of these scum,tell lies and hope the BEARS out there will be fooled … no chance!.’

  4. moonbeams wd. – thanks!



    The wee fella is very profound. He took his dummy out this morning, pointed it at me, said “DADADA!”, then smiled a big goofy grin.



    I could only agree with him.



    He loves all things green.



    He loves all things Celtic, and even watches Magnum PI with me early on Saturday mornings because Tom Selleck’s in it.



    His main ambitions right now involve chewing electrical cables and the cat’s tail. But he also enjoys banging on pots and pans.



    He has lots of pricey handmade organic toys my wife insisted on buying. I tried telling her that when I was a baby I had to make do with a pinecone and a box of matches, but you can’t reason with mothers. He ignores them in favour of the cat’s toys, which he finds delicious.



    I haven’t had a full night’s sleep since he came out of the hospital, but I can’t imagine what I did before him. (thumbsup)

  5. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Problem with the private health sector is the lack of acute facilities, when they make an arse of an operation the patient is shipped out the an NHS hospital to try and sort the mess, charging for this cover is something the NHS needs to look at.

  6. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    oxynorm is the tablel of necessity , hope to back off to amatriptaline and solpadil by the end of the week. Thanks for asking….

  7. Anyone looking for some light relief around the visit of labour mp’s to Glasgow have a wee look on youtube at



    Empire Strikes Back



    Guy in a rickshaw among the parasites giving March Of The Imperial Stormtroopers laldy.

  8. I haven’t had a full night’s sleep since he came out of the hospital, but I can’t imagine what I did before him. (thumbsup)




    you hung about all day waiting on a new article.

  9. Gordon J – it was called The Public Services Reform (Functions of the Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service) (Scotland) Order 2013



    I can’t find the PDF of the passed legislation but I’ll have a look when i’m back at work next week for the relevant parts?

  10. Looks a lot like Che Guevara on




    Yeah, I ignored that part too though not sure it doesnt play some part in the way some people will be voting. The part I thought was interesting was the part about going from ruled by England to in effect being ruled by Brussels. Scary that none of that eventuality has been discussed by either side…………………

  11. philvisreturns



    16:13 on 11 September, 2014




    Greetings mi amigo, is the wee yin giving ye a thumbs up for the clean nappies. Ps careful how you answer a Y or N may cause a fence or offence even.



  12. blantyretim – who supports young mothers, recovering addicts , children with learning difficulties and people suffering from mental health issues if these parts of nhs are not pretected?



    I don’t think there’s any plans afoot to stop funding those things. (thumbsup)



    canamalar – Did Milton Friedman ever visit a food bank



    Have you? (thumbsup)

  13. I was in conversation with a prominent Scottish referee this morning whom I have known for many years.



    He was telling me that the SFA are very pissed off with Sevco for having gone down the same road as their predecessors after they, the SFA, went out on a limb to make things easy for them after their liquidation.



    Apparently, at a recent meeting, Campbell Ogilvie started to raise a point about Sevco’s current plight, and was immediately shot down with, “Just don’t even f****n go there”.



    There is a general feeling of . . . they have thrown our earlier goodwill back in our faces and can expect no favours this time round and are on their own.



    Times a changin?

  14. Gordon_J



    I did not inisult you. I just thought better of you not to have informed yourself fully of the debate. Surely being better together and wishing to stay in the Union you have a feeling for the whole union and not just Scotland. I am actually astounded of forehead you are voting without being fully informed of the UK thus Union politics you seem to strongly believe in?



    And yes I did mean Malcolm Chisolm retired MP/MSP for Edinburgh North.



    MWd says AYE

  15. LiviBhoy



    13:09 on 11 September, 2014



    LB, thanks for sharing that. Very informative and thought provoking.







  16. long haired yins man




    15:30 on 11 September, 2014




    Listen to this…about 1hr and 8mins in….Cosgrove and colleague knock it write on the nail.






    Brilliant rant by Stuart Cosgrave and the other journalist exposing the BBC for its


    biased reporting on behalf of better together.


    Their coats will be on a shuggly peg from here on in!

  17. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on



    Only with donations but I understand for the unfortunates at the other end it’s free.



    Jimtim, the whole idea is to keep luck out of it, cheers

  18. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on




    I’ve been patiently following the progress of what you and your compadres have been doing re: Resolution 12.



    I see your comment above to Tamrabam, and it made me think that you, and people like you, who have continued to pursue this like a dug with a bone, do not get the recognition and thanks you deserve (and I know that is not why you are doing this!).



    It is easy to criticise, particularly when you do nothing yourself other than criticse, so for what it’s worth – I am really grateful for the work you are continuing to do, and for your perseverance.



    I really hope you do get a result – that would benefit Scottish football as a whole, and perhaps help signal a clear-out of some of the vested-interests within the rotten core of the SFA.



    Great work so far – please keep it up!!!!









  19. Looks a lot like Che Guevara on

    Tom McLaughlin



    16:20 on 11 September, 2014



    Isnt the worrying thing from your post that Campbell Ogilvie, The President of the SFA, is such a staunch supporter of Sevco and that it is so blatant that they are obliged to help out the Establishment club in any way they can. the SFA’s goodwill will never ebb away enough that they will treat Sevco in the way they would treat any other club.



  20. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Spare a wee thought for Jungle Jim. I’ve just had a couple of emails from Jim and he had a nasty accident while out cycling yesterday. He’s dislocated his Acromioclavicular joint, cracked a few ribs, double figure stitches, concussion and various other bumps and bruises.



    But I ask, is that any reason to pull out of the post match swally on Saturday?




    Hail Hail Jungle Jim

  21. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family



    16:01 on 11 September, 2014





    who supports young mothers, recovering addicts , children with learning difficulties and people suffering from mental health issues if these parts of nhs are not pretected?’







    That sentence was challenging any number of preconceptions until I got to the question mark.



    A lesson for all you kids out there, punctuation IS important, I mean.



    (spelling too, but hey)

  22. jamabhoy



    13:20 on 11 September, 2014



    Only pub on the Gallowgate that allows children in is The Pheonix which is between Hoops Bar and Bar67.



    It can be a bit hit and miss whether it’ll be open though.

  23. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    I’ll pop another oxynorm to kill the pain you inflicted on my poor wee brain…

  24. canamalar – thank you! :)



    Birth was an ordeal. Just under 48 hours of labour. Lots of gas and air and screaming. My wife struggled a bit too. (thumbsup)



    vmhan – he waits patiently till I take the dirty nappy off, then attempts to leg it. Like the Great Escape combined with a dirty protest. (thumbsup)



    favourite uncle – is that how you think it’s done? :) (thumbsup)