I’m down to a gentle simmer now,so I’ll not mention Thursday. Today is another day,although our league performances so far this season have been more like Groundhog Day.
To avoid that possibility,I’m expecting Brendan to make a few adjustments to the team. I think it’s time to recall Scott Bain as goalkeeper,though I don’t actually expect Brendan will agree. Reason being,I don’t think he likes McLeish any more than we do,and that would just allow him an easy decision for the two international games coming up.
I’d persevere with Lustig,but only-if I’m honest-as cover for either of our centre-backs being injured or red-carded. Those centre-backs being Boyata and Benkevic,probably our top two at the moment. Ajer is still injured,but at least his injury is genuine. Simunovic is so far out of the picture,he might as well sod off back to whichever former Yugoslavian state he’s decided he comes from this week.
Then there’s KT. I personally think his form has shaded recently,but that is as much down to the team as anything else. Get back to the lung-bursting runs with a good final ball,son. It’s what you do. Just do it.
Now for the midfield minefield. Where do I start with this? Practically everyone is either injured or woefully short of form. I know!-first name on the team sheet under three successive managers. James Forrest. Nope. Form sucks,wee man. Time for a wee break,son. You need one. Withdraw from the Scotland squad too.
Mulumbu. There you go. I genuinely believe there’s another four years in this fella,and he’s not going anywhere. Build the midfield around his ageing but underused legs,Brendan. It will give Scott Brown some much-needed down time,and we might get that extra season or two from him too.
In place of James,I’d give Lewis Morgan a start. He’s still a kid,he’s just back from injury,I don’t expect him to last the 90 minutes. That’s fine. Just go out and enjoy yourself. As much as it’s possible to enjoy getting clattered by hammer-throwers,but them’s the breaks.
Ryan Christie is next. Am I being too experimental here,or too ruthless,or too idealistic maybe? Yes,yes,yes. I’m fed up watching players with no respect for our jersey,so ON is not playing with his current attitude. Let’s face it,he’s not been playing even when he’s been on the pitch,has he? Out,son. Get yer torn face sorted,we’ll welcome you back with open arms. Callum is out of sorts just now-aye,I know,play through it,it will click back into place. I think he also needs a rest. Here you go,son. Problem is,McLeish will play him twice in the break.
Eboue Kouassi. I didn’t think his performance against Hearts was as bad as many suggested. I think the fella has had a torrid time of it since he joined,and I’d play him in the engine-room with Youssef. Give them time together on the pitch,and let them have some training sessions together over the next two weeks. For me,it’s got to be worth the try. I genuinely think he’s a player,and I don’t think we should write off the £5m we have invested in him so far.
Up front,play Scott Sinclair through the middle,with Edouard given his free role. I suspect it’s a waste of time telling him what to do,other than go out and do it. So do it to them before they do it to us!!!
So there you have it. My first ever team selection since Brendan took over.
Lustig Boyata Benkevic Tierney
Morgan Mulumbu Kouassi Christie
I’m still not gonna try to predict the outcome though. I’ve still got that Saturday Coupon Syndrome.
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