MAHE refers to Wednesday as Hump Day,as that is the day that most of the week has been and gone. Mondays though are Get The Hump Day,as I’m with The Boomtown Rats on this one-I don’t like Mondays much either. On the plus side,once I’ve got it out of the way,the rest of the week is a pleasure by comparison.
Another plus to Mondays is the regular column by Keith Jackson in The Daily Record. This is a real tonic on a toxic morning. How he maintains such levels of consistency as he brings us his regular insights into the game in Scotland is beyond me. He really is one of the funniest writers around,and if you don’t read his stuff regularly,you are missing a treat.
His latest offering yesterday was the theory that’s Ange and his team will be in for a difficult second season,because everyone will have worked out our strengths and how to nullify them. Yes,that will be the same sides who regularly raise their game against Celtic anyway,not that it did them a lot of good last season. To read oul’ Wacko,you could be forgiven that Ange was actually the leader of a band who had just made a hugely successful debut album and were under pressure from their record company and their fans to come out with an even better album as the follow up.
The problem with that is that bands tend to have built up a fair old repertoire of songs prior to the release of their debut,and then have to come up with a pile of completely new ones. This is really not the case at a football club,especially one where the personnel are largely the same in that second season as they were in the first. Indeed,it could just as easily be argued that the longer the manager and the players are feeding off each other,the more successful they are likely to become.
The players will know what is expected of each of them when they pull on those Hooooops and the manager will be aware of the strengths and limitations for each too. The players will be more familiar with each other after such an enormous rebuild last season,which saw only CalMac and Greg Taylor as regulars from the previous season. That level of disruption has a serious effect on continuity and familiarity,two important factors in building a team. And although there have been a couple of new signings already this summer with the prospect of one or two more,I think that the first choice eleven next season will have a very familiar look to it. And one which was learning on the job last season while sweeping all before them for a famous championship campaign.
Of course,the same could be said about our rivals across the city. They too have been busy signing up their regulars to contract extensions. That a couple of these extensions will probably see the beneficiaries through to pension age is neither here nor there. They too have some continuity about their side,but for their fans,I think they will have been expecting more activity in the transfer market. It is certainly very unusual for neither side to be making major signings in the summer window,and I think we would have to go back to the early 80s or so for that. If the situation remains as it is,with the squads we and they have,I would be confident of another big-hitting season,domestically at least.
Still,that’s not to suggest even a smidgin of complacency. Things can and do go wrong,the best laid plans of mice and men,etc. The wheels can come off with a bad run of injuries or suspensions,or even a simple loss of form,for example.
No,there is most certainly no place for complacency. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day,and I’d rather not have His Wackoness smiling smugly at the end of the season. We have it in us to wipe the smirk from his dial,and we should grasp that opportunity with both hands.
Above article by BMCUWP