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15 Oct 2015 11:59:49
I've read this week that we're interested in Michael O'Halloran of St Johnstone and John Soutar of Dundee United. Both sound like ideal signings and would fit in well with our style of play and be pretty sure of making the starting 11. That's vital for a career move and they just have to look at an ex-Hibs player, now Celtic, to confirm that one.

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1.) 16 Oct 2015 13:17:42
Kfraser Soutar would be a good deal if we could capture him but mate we ain't playing a game of Fifa here. We won't get players like that until we get to top flight. SA left hibs for money and now he's kicking himself as he ain't playing. Why is people still going on about this guy SA he made his messy bed let him lay in it. No but honest Soutar would be a good signing young too.


 

 

 

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25 Mar 2017 17:39:04
I read a great article on Martin Buchan today in The Scotsman and I'm hoping a few posters can give their input into one of life's great mysteries about the demise of Scottish footballers. You would think the concept of the academies for youth players would by definition create better players than in the past but the glaring truth is that they don't. We don't get Buchans today, a Davie Cooper, nowhere to be seen. What happened?

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1.) 25 Mar 2017 17:51:13
Here's what I think. I thinks it is a wider society problem. In continental europe the teens are out hanging around street corners eating and drinking whatever they can get their hands on but they are only learning what their parents taught them and it turn, teaching their own children. Its a cycle I don't know how we as a country can break. Probably best place to start would be schools. When I was at school (16 years ago now), we didn't have ex drug/ alcoholics in schools telling them how it has ruined their lives. I know this kind of stuff does happen in schools but I never saw it. Maybe that more often could be a good place to start.

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2.) 25 Mar 2017 19:06:39
Big_ped, you make a lot of valid points my friend! I myself used to eat breathe and sleep football everyday and played the game at a decent level! I can remember when really young and down our local public park. my dad had to continually come down to the park, while it was turning dark, to hunt me up to the house! Loved the game so much and still do! The problem for the demise of young street footballers today is relatively simple! Technology and computer games! Youngsters are nowhere near as fit as we were as youngsters, from days gone by!


3.) 25 Mar 2017 19:28:09
Thanks mate. I meant to say continental teens are NOT lol. Funnily enough your point would have been my second port of call. I have no doubts that has a part to play in it somewhere along the line. I refer back to my own point when I think of a couple of lads I went to school with. One lad in particular. On a full house day at Ibrox, 50,000 fans could not take the ball off this guy. He was that good. Now the last time I saw him he was fished as a part and gave me the impression he would be lucky to see out the next 5 years. He will be 34 this year.


4.) 25 Mar 2017 20:29:46
I also think the game is pricing some kids out of it, andy mclaren was talking about this how some parents just can't afford it, in a way you can see why I've got two girls and now my boy each month between swimming and dancing and general crap i must be easy 150 a month add my boy into that well he is only a month old just now but football, boots etc it will hit 200 notes, look where the guys came from schemes etc i was a drumchapel boy until i was 14 and all we did was play football, technology also has a lot to answer but it has to be at grass roots


5.) 25 Mar 2017 22:48:59
I'm afraid a lot of it is, as much a society problem as, a social one - I played in the street and in the local field and park when at school. - That field now has a housing scheme and part of the m9 through it - anythingfrom 10-20 of us playing footy more or less every night - these days are gone now - as someone said technology and boredom has taken over - also our streets aren't a safe place for any kid nowadays - a bleak post but unfortunately true - think about it - when was the last time you saw a bounce game in your neighbourhood - not organised by a local team or anything - just kids out playing- cchanged days for the worse - Cambusbarron argylls, Stirling boys club, raploch hearts, beechwood all whites - all gone -


6.) 26 Mar 2017 04:31:29
The young ones are too busy saving the world killing zombies! Plus every street light you see has a sign no ball games too who can blame them


7.) 26 Mar 2017 08:55:20
I personally think there is a lot of reasons for it happening in Scotland particularly
I think Scottish football is stuck in the past at the min we want to move forward but anytime we try something different it gets ridiculed and mocked wether it is the DOF at rangers or cathros appointment at hearts or even that lot bringing in players like toure that could help the younger players
Also the obvious influx of foreign players and I know every most nations do the same but leagues like England have strong lower divisions for the local boys to learn there trade

Also no one held accountable when things go wrong the SFA is a mess as an organisation, project brace has some good ideas and I hope it works especially the reserve league but so did project 2022 that seems to have just been swept under carpet no mention of what happened to it
and finally the commitment isn't there although this is international this problem my friend I work with in England plays for a non league club and got signed for a league team beginning of this season but cancelled the contract because he didn't want to travel 3 hours 3 times a week so returned to his previous club saying all I want is enough money to have a few beers at the weekend


8.) 26 Mar 2017 13:05:58
BEARS! Would it not make sense financially to push the boat out and sign Gilmour by matching Chelsea's offer IF our coaches etc think this lad will be worth X million therefore recouping wage bill and profiting!
Please let me know if this thinking is rubbish OR if it is a sound investment? If we see this lad in nxt 2-3yrs being talked about down south being valued at crazy millions we'll have messed up again thoughts Bears?


9.) 26 Mar 2017 13:21:02
I think all of the points made are the reasons for the state of our national game now. I was born in 1951 and from the age of 3 all I wanted to do was kick a ball. Even into the 60s there were only 3 TV channels, no internet, no mobile phones.

You went to the pictures (not the movies! ) or hung about cafes and listened to music. All kids do now is play computer games or sit for hours on their phones speaking to other kids via social media.

There are many more choices now for people to pass their leisure time on a Saturday. Before I was old enough to go and follow Rangers my dad used to take me to Dens Park to watch Dundee and they would regularly get crowds of 25,000 against the like of Kilmarnock or Motherwell and full houses of 35,000 against the Old Firm.

Finally, there are some good young kids but they are not getting a chance. I've posted that many times on here and still Burt, Thompson, Hardie form the current crop haven't been given a chance.


10.) 26 Mar 2017 13:33:19
Just want to say I am tired of reading people saying we don't have any kids coming through now because they are all playing computer games.

By that it must mean that English, French, Dutch, German et al kids do not have access to computer games. it is down to coaching, lack of decent schools football and leagues.


11.) 27 Mar 2017 12:09:06
Well my little cousin was at a trial for braidhurst high school a few weeks ago, who do a sort of soccer school thing and there was over 50 kids and only 3 coaches, 2 of which sat on their phones. There isn't enough football teams about either and the big clubs don't want to give youth a chance.


 

 

18 Mar 2017 11:41:29
Lots of posts on who should go but I can't back those picking Foderingham and Wilson. Foderingham because he makes saves which should be on the front page and Wilson because he's a future Rangers and Scotland captain. The guy fully fit has great ability, a real footballing brain and I'd hate to see him go.

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1.) 18 Mar 2017 13:39:41
Agree kfraser bar miller i would say fod has been our most consistent performer this season


2.) 18 Mar 2017 17:39:16
The ones who pick on foderingham are the ones you know don't go to or watch games and listen to "pundits" who slate his ability on the ball. He is a really good goalkeeper, the best in Scotland.


3.) 18 Mar 2017 22:03:24
Fod is average. Best keeper in Scotland my erse. Doesn't come out and win crosses at corners and is a bombscare with ball at feet. Not rangers class.


4.) 19 Mar 2017 12:21:57
Name a better keeper then? Scott bain? Jamie mcdonald? Neither are half the shot stopper he is. Craig Gordon? No chance he just stands there and doesn't even move for half the shots that get hit at him.


 

 

04 Mar 2017 14:50:27
We won 6-0 and live chat is going on about we should be playing Crooks. I now believe there is a parallel universe in play.

kfraser

1.) 04 Mar 2017 15:15:11
No one said we should be playing him as he's out on loan lol what I said was is murty might have been the man too give the guy a chance as I've noticed he has used holt toral and hydman in dm please quote correctly next time

6-0 was the final score but everyone seems too have brushed over the fact that Hamilton had dominated for about 15 mins before the penalty and we where lucky. It too be A man down let's not get carried away with this result next thing people will be on saying we can beat the mankys next week


2.) 04 Mar 2017 15:23:11
I think the team have mixed things up abit more last couple of games to our benefit, been more direct and moving the ball quicker! Dropping halliday has worked the three in midfield are much better ball players which is ok but we will need more presence in there in coming matches, that's where crooks could have came into play if he was still here! Still think celtic will bully holt and hyndman!


3.) 04 Mar 2017 19:29:11
Frustratedbear
How can you say we were lucky after winning 6-0, crazy. And what does "it to be A man down" mean?


4.) 04 Mar 2017 19:59:33
Sorry for the typo I tried too say "we where lucky not to be a man down"

the fact fod didn't get caught handling the ball outside helped us as we would have been a man down an we would have had too take a forward off for Alnwick

sorry seems like being negative and taking away from the performance was a good team performance Today and they can only play the game as it goes and for a change it went for us so fair play as there was a few well improved players in the team today


5.) 04 Mar 2017 19:49:06
My mate watched Crooks in a few 20s games and thought he was lacking in the courage department. That was the opinion of other onlookers too seemingly.


 

 

02 Mar 2017 17:43:52
The team deserves credit for winning last night. McKay mirrors Eden Hazard in a lot of ways, not in his class yet but like Hazard decides if he's in the mood or not and when he is he's a great player. Hyndman would be a great asset but I can't see Eddie Howe letting him go and on a lighter note the papers say it was easier to score than miss for Garner a minute after he came on. That's the point, he hit the post when it was easier to score. He did the more difficult thing hitting the post and how many other players could have pulled that off?

kfraser

1.) 02 Mar 2017 21:14:48
mirroring hazard (no in his class yet) . got to laugh mate, wee Barrie is not in Scotty Sinclair's class and he never will be. he's 23 not 17.

3 goal return this season. not great, average actually, just like his potential


2.) 03 Mar 2017 12:21:17
It's his 1st year at this level and has proved to be a very good player, if he played for a certain other team he would be in the national team.


3.) 03 Mar 2017 14:45:43
kaney sunclaire is fast barrie is a different type of player and its easier for sinclaire as he has a good team surrounding him up front while we have garner and waggy and miller who is a brilliant player but not the goalscorer we need soo badly.
enjoy your time just now kaney mate as we all know it swings in round abouts and our time is coming.


 

 

01 Mar 2017 10:58:11
It may or may not be fair enough for the players telling newspapers criticism is unfair and Clint Hill saying there's plenty of fight in the team. I say prove it then and show us that you're right. Don't talk about fine margins at high level football, simply put the ball in the back of St Johnstone's net a few times and prevent it from going in the back of our own a few times tonight.

kfraser

1.) 01 Mar 2017 19:35:28
at least 6 of the starting 11 should never have been able to say i played for rangers as they don't they turn up but they don't play with the intensity and hunger for the win that any rangers player of the past has


 

 

 

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27 Mar 2017 19:38:10
The 12th man.

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24 Mar 2017 11:14:54
Fully agree and the board reflects the culture of the club. There are lots of critics of course and the delusional wanting middle eastern or Chinese billionaires taking over but we're in good hands with good common sense thinking and realistic ambitious targets.

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19 Mar 2017 10:57:42
Doesn't sound silly at all and well posted. I also look to see the positives from the team and individuals and admit at times to wondering what Warburton's great plan was but I was happy to see Wallace take his chance well. I've been critical of him but he's always 100% committed to our cause and really glad to see him score. He could teach our strikers a thing or two.

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16 Mar 2017 19:47:06
A very positive post and why not? I think the board has been brave and it's a position I back but a lot of fans will need to take their head out of the sand when they say they want the club back at the top. We've had 'in Warbs we trust', 'Sir Davie' and now 'King Kenny' but to really haul our way above Celtic we need a lot of personnel changes and sentimentality can play no part. Players getting too old and players better suited to a Doncaster Rovers aren't going to threaten Celtic no matter how much we like them. Look at Monaco's budget against Man City, it can be done, we can win take the league off Celtic next season with the right players. Ferguson and Aberdeen spring to mind.

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13 Mar 2017 10:15:08
I've never thought there was a lack of trying but I agree there was more more bite and desire. Not trying to play like Barcelona and playing out from our own box and the lack of midfield back passing was refreshing. No Halliday. I think Hyndman brings a bit of class to the team and it was good to see Holt playing his heart out.

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