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Short-term fix for staple Euro strategy

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There’s always a bit of reticence signing a player who has been away from his previous club for four months. Carlton Cole hasn’t played since starting West Ham’s final games of last season, and presumably has only trained in isolation since then.

Expectations of a quick return, should Celtic offer him a contract, have to be tempered with the realisation that he’ll be at least a month away from full fitness, but by then we will be set to face Molde away.

One aspect of our play that will concern Ronny Deila is that we’re short of attacking variation. The high ball forward to Samaras, so long our staple on the road in Europe, is not an option. This will be the reason why Carlton is training at Lennoxtown this week.

I’d expect a short-term deal to be concluded between now and January, to give both sides a chance to check out the fit.

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  1. SANDMAN

     

    Get in there mi amigo.

     

    Thankfully I didn’t put my money where my mouth is, I tend to bet in play these days, see how things are going so to speak.

     

    HH

  2. CultsBhoy likes living wage hates heated driveways on

    Beginning to revise my opinion of Ally McCoist as a manager….

  3. Alasdair MacLean on

    OK, I admit. Watching BBC. Feeling much better now but still a wee bit nervous. Loving the disappointed tone in the commentary.

  4. Two yellows…. not, in a trot there Mr McLean doing the business so far… thankfully can’t do anything about the goals….yet..

     

     

    Ayrshire is Green and White

  5. I hate when they call that midden ‘the south side’ it’s like calling byres road the north side – the sooside is the gorbals – end off

  6. P

     

    My only bet tonight is huns game over 2.5 @ 4/5.

     

    Really don’t like betting on cup games, so unpredictable.

     

    And the odds for AM, Bayern etc are pish, will see what’s what at half time.

     

    HH

  7. So far the Ref has had a very good game. Its a very enjoyable game to watch. St. Johnstone are well up for it. Looking forward to second half. If Mrs. corkcelt hasn’t reclaimed the telly by then.

  8. That first goal was a wee beauty, defending was ugly…. eh like a well Pat Nevin isny braw.

     

     

    Ayrshire is Green and White

  9. Basildon bonds magic hat is a balaclava on the wrong way round.

     

     

    Wait till a big team gets them.

     

     

    Mccall texting coisty as we speak.

  10. Watching ICT handle Hearts in Inverness I was thinking that was an indication of how TRFC might fare against St J.

     

     

    It should be 3 nil and maybe even 4.

     

     

    The open style of play that works in the lower tier is an invitation to be picked off by more able sides and so far St J are more than able.

     

     

    If only to put their gas at a peep I hope St J carry on where they left off.

  11. TET

     

     

    Line was a wee mix; 4/1 +5/4 +7/10 +AM -1@6/4.

     

     

    Treble would be handy – all 4 = a pay-day! :-)

  12. Not having watched the Dead Huns for some time or listened to a commentary on the Billy Boy Corporation I am still astounded at the bias and willingness for their favourite team to win. It’s as if StJ don’t exist and even blatant cheating by Kenny Misser is brushed over as good play. It’s an absolute disgrace, partiality and nunnery of the highest order. Hope StJ stuff them but with the MIB mmmm.

  13. Nice to see the new club fae across the Clyde fae me, get shown a lesson from a full time team. Nice also that their boasts and hype are shown up for what they are.

     

    Nice one Saint John’s Toon. Put 6 past them please.

  14. Auldheid, It most certainly should have been three, the goal St Johnstone missed from 2 yards must be candidate for miss of the season.

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