My partner in crime,MAHE,told us on Saturday how much the next five games could mean to us in what we all hope will be an historic season.
He was bang on then,and he is still bang on now. This is a season that few who saw us doing the original nine ever dreamed of-after all,it was unprecedented. When the huns tried it,could any of us have dreamed of being in such a position a few decades later?
I know I couldn’t. I just wanted to win just once,as The Saw Doctors sang. Winning just once gets most of us through some bad times in life,and it sure as hell did in 1998.
So,will losing just once destroy us? Hmmm,naw-but it will piss us off. But it’s maybe too late to worry about the reasons why IF it happens. Nothing worse than some eejit who has never been right looking back and saying-Told ya so. So far,the Cassandras have maybe been right in the symptoms but way wrong in the final diagnosis.
The patient is thriving,against all the odds.
So MAHE told us on Saturday how much the next five games meant to us,how much those five games could define our season. And he was correct then,and he is now. We got off to a flier with perhaps our best performance of the season,a game which many of us viewed beforehand with some trepidation.
CalMac eased the fears after eight minutes,but I know better than to count my chickens. Been there. But,honestly? Hibs hardly had a look in,and we bossed that quite severely. It was a very impressive display,and both teams deserve the credit for an excellent game,as Hibs had to play on the front foot looking for an equaliser.
So five games and one down? Well,yes. But I think it’s equally likely that the five days from our next match tomorrow could be just as defining. If we win against Sarajevo,we are into the Europa League group stages-very much the poor relation,aye,but better than a poke in the eye wi a sharp stick. And with a couple of League wins against St Johnstone and the huns,it would put us well on track for that ten.
The fifth game,of course,is a throwback from last season as we continue our quest for another Treble. Can’t wait,to be honest. I’ve only seen one Treble in my lifetime prior to this one,being a tad too young in 1969. But the pain of my friends in 2001 made it all worthwhile,trust me. I’m like that.
So,my point? Five games to put a marker down for the season? Surely that’s been covered,and very well indeed by MAHE on Saturday. And indeed it has,but Thursday is also the first of the last five days till the end of the transfer window. And these are very unusual times,so unusual in fact that I won’t criticise any sales. Any player with less than two years left on his contract is up for grabs,and that has long been the case if they don’t sign a new contract. We can’t afford another Boyata situation because of a pissing competition,and I don’t care whether it’s between PL and the manager or PL and an agent. If a player wants to leave,or refuses to sign a new contract,punt him.
Few have left us over the years and gone on to better things. None has been irreplaceable. I’ll give you Henrik on that one,btw,but there was and is only one Henrik. There’s none in our team like that now.
Five days,our future in Europe this season and a notoriously difficult fixture in Perth,followed by the last day of the transfer window. Many of our players have been talked out of the door by the SMSM but how many have left? The same SMSM have been trying desperately to flog the garbage from Ibrox,but for different reasons,and with vastly different valuations.
Morelos is worth more than Edouard,anyone?
Well,at the moment,neither of them is worth a monkey’s. Morelos is a long-time sulk,thinks he has been there and done it,should be playing for Real Madrid or whoever because the SMSM were bullied or cajoled into saying it. It cost them a few salary increases,the law of unintended consequences. I’m not sure if Eddie is in a sulk at the moment,because prior to now he has never given us less than 100%-and I remember telling everyone on CQN in October of his loan season that we should just sign him now.
He is a great player. He was then,has been since,and will only improve. He is still only 22yo,after all. But if his heart isn’t in it,hmmm… same for Ryan Christie,who has stopped playing for the team,IMO,and also for Ajer who will never be as good as his agent thinks he is.
Tomorrow is crucial for us,and so is the three points in Perth on Sunday. The following day? Maybe not so much,because those three points are probably more important to our season than those three players will be the following day.
Above article by BMCUWP