Duran Duran used to say that at their backstage parties a quarter of a decade ago.
The fringe delivered ultimately had a different meaning though.
Today, Ange can honestly state the above, in footballing terms.
Yesterday my partner in crime opined “A terrific game,and a good scalp to take. But at what cost?”
I instantly acknowledge the terrible mistake made regarding Furuhashi, and yes Nir isnt tip top but,,,
I ask you are injuries not part and parcel of the game and I further ask was the big lesson completely overshadowed by two injuries?
The big lesson being, the fringe delivered.
For starters it was very much a case of “let’s do this bhoys!” the backup group moving together as a unit to represent the first team must have been a great bonding experience for the group itself.
There’s the fact this wasnt a Dumbarton league Cup tie where that group would be expected to overcome, they as a group took a prestige enough scalp on Europe’s second biggest club stage, mighty impressive.
Those heads can now walk high.
Those usually selected for the first team but rested must surely appreciate the effort, hopefully have a bit more respect and faith in the others. I imagine the dressing room was extra kicking post game.
The fringe players involved can pat themselves on the back, they exceeded expectations. A hammering can scar, they had anything but on their minds.
Ive previously mentioned Ange must learn whilst winning,well he did once again. The knowledge being gleamed is the key to planning out our assault on the current Champions.
We’ve watched Welsh, McCarthy, Taylor, Mikey, Bitton, Scales, come in seamlessly.
Now the rest have opened their account with a massive plus mark beside their name.
Now they cry out for integration.
So Ange learnt one huge lesson, our depth is decent and can be called upon.
His second huge lesson he won’t forget, but such things happen, let’s not beat him up after all the positive work.
He’s probably responsible for firing up those unlikely lads.
And this is where Bobby and myself differ.
He viewed this victory as costly for injury reasons but I say that’s clearly a glass half empty man talking!
A glass half full man such as myself would state the squad players are better than we gave credit for, and we are stronger than many believe.
Aye there’s now two first team players we cannot call upon right away, but aye there’s 3,4,5 extra names in or around the match day squad now and ready to play based on what we witnessed.
Folks, the second string being good enough to take out a Spanish outfit on a cold quiet December night is quite a feat, it’s an excellent sign.
I seen a great example of squad depth, every week I see signals of squad unity and happiness, and this hasn’t been bought or inherited.
I see something special happening, even the fringe players have bought into it.
(That fringe is for Jim)
The final will take care of itself, there’s goals all over this team, and the way I see it either Tam, G-Mac or both steals the show with a license to thrill.
Those who actually read my drivel might know I have championed for young Henderson to get a chance in this new look side, and would bring his brother home in an instant.
I pretty please Euan gets more game time?
I regularly read the opinion our rivals have a better squad and think maybe but they have more miles on the clock. A few incoming Hoops would just about even things up squad wise, the rumored trio the ideal boost. Post Cup victory of course.
This title race is already exciting, and it’s not even at the half way stage.
It’s natural for your general outlook in life to pervade thoughts of your chosen and therefore special team.
They have the current Champions and collective knowhow, we have ‘the Man’, the momentum, and a better squad than many gave us credit for.
People can talk about going through, and four points all they want,,
simple facts are five domestic wins in five games, unbeaten in ten league games now, eight wins and two draws. That’s title winning form.
And to enhance the party atmosphere the fringe players or go and beat the bloody Spaniards!
One game away from silverware and let me ask you this? Do you realize any of the fringe players would totally play their heart out against Motherwell knowing a possible slot in the cup final is at stake?
Of course they would, on that front Ange now knows they can properly step up and truly represent.
Just like the 80s, our manager can properly show off his fringe.