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ALLYJAMBOAUGUST 1, 2017 at 11:35 There is no doubting Cathro has a …

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ALLYJAMBOAUGUST 1, 2017 at 11:35
There is no doubting Cathro has a role to play within the game.

All reports I have heard, even from Hibbys who have contacts within the game, point to him being well respected in terms of his ideas and coaching.

The problem is that he wasn’t able to transfer any of this onto the pitch and take the team along with him.

I am all for the technical approach, improving skills, looking at stats, improving fitness, diet etc, etc. In fact these days it is a must.

However the reality is that in Scottish Football the type of game played and the standard of most players mean that a fit, physical side with a half decent quick and direct passing game can rip you apart.

On Saturday Hearts resembled Warburton’s T’Rangers, passing across the back and midfield trying to hold possession and looking for an opening. All that does is allow a fit and physical team to get everyone behind the ball.

Openings are therefore few and far between and if you don’t have the quality of players required to pass or accelerate/dribble  through the smallest of gaps then you end up having nothing to offer up front.

The fact that he clearly knew how to beat that system with ease in the 4-1 trashing of T’Rangers should have been a lesson to him. That night Hearts pressed hard but also attacked quickly. Possession was 50 – 50 but shots at goal were 16 – 7 and 7 -3 on target.

Trouble was when Dunfermline got the ball on Saturday they moved it quickly and saw advances of 40-50yds in no time and got into positions where shots and crosses always looked on. It wasn’t hoofball either, there was good accurate passing and plenty pacey movement off the ball to find space.
(possession 56-44, shots 13-9, on target 5-4 and most of those from Hearts only came in the last 5 minutes) 

While I would like to see a much more skillful game, as a Coach you need to be able to adapt tactics to suit the situation and have more than Warburton’s do Plan A better. However that doesn’t mean going crazy and altering things every game.

I don’t think anyone on the pitch or in the stands had any idea of what Carthro’s ideal system was and he was certainly unable to put a blood and guts team when required for games like those against Hibs, even when everyone one and their uncle knew that was what was required in the cup. Same goes for Saturday, if the intensity of the last five minutes had been shown at the start The Pars would have had nowhere to go.

The lack of realistic ideas, leadership and planning, added to full scale panic, showed when on Saturday with a few minutes left Hearts got a free kick at the edge of the box. Martin, brought in as I understood for his deadball skills, was allowed to be pushed aside by Lafferty who then, rather unskillfully, just fired the ball into the wall.

Sums up poor Ian’s reign for me.

To some extent the dinosaurs may have won this one but I don’t think Cathro helped himself much.

I wish him well but hopefully he will take the lessons learned on board and push on at his next club.


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JOHN CLARKAUGUST 2, 2017 at 11:22
The analysis and options you outline McCann may have considered are relevant, as we speak, for the current Celtic board.
If we are all sure McCann would have had plenty to say, any thoughts on why the likes of Desmond and Lawwell apparently remain so quiet and have done for years?

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JUSTBECAUSEYOUREPARANOIDAUGUST 1, 2017 at 22:45 If Celtic have any intention of standing up to the cheats what are they waiting for?Can you imagine a Fergus McCann / Paul McBride double act sitting back and allowing this farce to continue? 
Well actually yes I can. I think some folk suffer from a bit of myth building around McCann.

I believe McCann was an honest businessman and had integrity but he was also a shrewd one. His interest was Celtic and Celtic alone and he would have done what was in the best interest of that particular club.

Had he been at the helm today he would have judged if title stripping and re-opening issues re Rangers would have had a positive or negative effect on Celtic and then taken it from there.

Like the current board who are dragging their heels, I believe he would most likely have held the same position we see from the SFA and the SPFL today.

That is not to say he didn’t trust the footballing authorities but I believe this was only when they harmed Celtic.

In fact is views on Rangers and Scottish Football are pretty clear from interviews given as recently as 2014 and 2016. (My highlights) 

Another instructive point in the interview is McCann’s refusal to criticise Rangers, even failing to mention them by name, yet surely he must feel a sense of vindication about the way in which Celtic were run in contrast to their rivals? He was, after all, decried as a dictator and a skinflint who was restricting the progress of the club.
He contents himself with the observation about the need to manage risk and the “temptation of expensive, short-term deals”.

“All the small clubs hate Celtic and Rangers, who basically feed them,” he says. “It comes down to human nature, but it also speaks to the structure in Scottish football.
“A lot of things have changed in 30 years: television habits, media, salaries, worldwide brands, Champions League, all these new things. In Scotland, not much has changed.
“They fiddle around with deck chairs, but you have still got 42 supposed-to-be-professional clubs in a population of five million.
“There are five million people in Greater Manchester, who have only got two clubs. There are five million in Boston, who only have one club.
“Don’t forget your dwindling potential audience. I watched a game, Celtic against Kilmarnock, 6,000 people, with close to 5,000 Celtic fans. What are Kilmarnock bringing to the game?
“They should maybe talk about British football. Celtic can take its place in British football. That’s maybe where they belong.”

Lets be clear on this McCann was refreshing but his main concern was Celtic and his own fans opinions didn’t necessarily come into it when it came to his view of doing what was required to protect and build the clubs business. He clearly has little or no regard for the feelings, views and concerns of fans of other Scottish clubs.

As for Paul McBride, I am sure he was an honest man as well. However a QC’s personal moral compass only exists up to the point he accepts instruction in a case from a client. They have no personal choice in whether or not to pursue matters just because they feel it may be unjust or otherwise. That is for their clients to decide.
If they don’t like the look of something they can turn down the instruction on the basis they cannot bring themselves to be involved.
However once they have stepped over that line then it is ‘gloves off’ and it comes down to arguing points of law and that does not necessarily equate to what the rest of us believe is right, wrong or morally correct.

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HOMUNCULUSDECEMBER 28, 2017 at 13:48

Indeed. And that was my other thought.
Even if Mark Allen does a good job T”Rangers wouldn’t see any cash for any upcoming talent (internal or bought in)  for a god number of years.
To date a good few lads showing talent have been allowed to leave to keep the lights on.
At present the only prospect they have is McRorie who I think has stepped up and performed well when asked.He certainly has confidence and could develop into a decent centre back playing with the likes of Souttar for Scotland.

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I am sure the thought will have crossed other’s minds but will say it anyway.
Celtics ‘free money’ from the VVD  transfer is more than T’Rangers stated  loan requirements to keep the lights on for the next year or two.
Thats the size of the gap between Celtic and the rest of us.

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DECEMBER 22, 2017 at 12:56

Lets just call it 14 February for old times sake and serendipity. 21

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Statement O’clock but on another matter.

ClydeSSB tweeting Murty appointed until end of the season.

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EASYJAMBODECEMBER 22, 2017 at 10:33

Thought that may be the case but was wondering if someone would be trying to get ahead of the game.

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