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Did not know Liam Donnolly also injured. Not necessarily a huge impact but had never seen it mentioned before. 

Cadden looks like he may well miss this game and the chance to play his brother. Would be a shame. That said a week on the bench may not be the worst thing for him through injury or otherwise.

But the biggest revelation is that Bigi himself admits he was neither fit enough or even in the right mindset to play last season. In some ways that backs up the theory or indeed fact that we as fans know very little about what is going on behind the scenes. There has been such a clamour to play Bigi and now it looks as if he will make starting 11 form provided as he is hopefully staying now. 

From the gaffers interview I take he may persevere with Main and Sammon upfront. Hope I have read wrongly into that. I would like to see Johnson start. I would also like to see Turnbull get some game time. 

 

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Thunderdome is back in business lads...

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The thing with Bigi doesn't really seem that much of a revelation tbh. He touches on it himself in the video interview on the club channel. The team was doing reasonably well without him in it then when he was getting his chance to start, we weren't winning games. If a different starting line up is getting results then that's the one the manager is going to stick with regardless of how an individual is performing.

We signed something like 17 players last summer. Some fitted in better than others. It's interesting to hear him talk about the mindset and fitness aspect though. There was an interview he did after the 0-0 against St Johnstone just before the split where he directly referenced the fact that he hoped that getting 90 mins he could kick on and show he could do what the manager was asking of him. 

It felt to me like once we bedded in an XI that was picking up results our style kind of evolved and was dictated by what was working (relatively speaking). People are quick to jump on our relatively poor win record in league over the 2nd half of last season but we only lost 5 league games from 17 in 2018 (we averaged 1.41 points per game between 24/01 and 12/05. Over the course of a full season that sort of average PPG would have us on 53 points). 

Even after wins last season Robinson was still saying in his post-match interviews that we needed to look after the ball better. In that respect, along with the fact that Bigi was one of his first signings I think Robinson's always wanted a player like Bigi in his midfield but he doesn't really know how to fit him in. I mentioned it the other day but Tanner is another one who we struggled to integrate into the side for a while as well.

Similarly if, as Bigi seems to have alluded to, he was just playing at his own pace and wasn't up to matching the intensity then it's also a question of whether the player can adapt or is willing to adapt.

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54 minutes ago, Gianfranco said:
Have we lost the right to show proper highlights? I quite like to watch them when I wake up on a Sunday.

No idea. I’m in the same boat. The whole ‘Story Of The Match’ pieces are nice and all that but I enjoyed watching the more traditional extended highlights package.

I wondered if they were perhaps changing things up a bit with the live streaming for international fans that Burrows mentioned they were planning on rolling out the other week.

Given we’ve got the cameras there and are uploading the clips of the goals it seems unlikely we’ve lost any rights.

 

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Thought yesterdays performance was much more encouraging particularly first half after a slow 5 mins,  we grew into the game and actually played some decent stuff at times that allowed the likes of Bigi and Gorrin to make passes.  Thought Main was much sharper looking yesterday and did well to set up Johnsons goal,  I doubt Sammon would've been able to pick out that pass personally.   Second half was a bit more of a non event but Campbell nearly scored a brilliant goal which came back off the post,  livi had more of the ball during the second half but they never really  tested Carson.   Overall much more positives than negatives compared to last week,  lets try to build on this and string a few results together in the league.

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On 7/29/2018 at 22:30, Swello said:

Both in midfield and up front - I'm less concerned. I think we've got plenty of options and it's going to take some games to work out what the best options are - as is the case every year.  I may be miles out- but I have a funny feeling that Johnson will end up being one of the "first choice" strikers before the year is out..

Snap judgement, but this may end up being the case by the end of August.

Looking at the goals Johnson's scored thus far he seems a very different type of striker to your Moult, Sutton, Higdon etc but far more likely to work as part of a partnership with one of Main, Bowman or Sammon. I'm possibly wallowing in a bit of nostalgia this morning but he seems more of a throwback to someone like Arnott than we've seen in recent years.

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I’ve not got a lot of time for it either to be honest.

If I’m not at a game, I want to watch highlights back of what happened- not a 2 minute montage that’s only about 30% football. Does anyone really want to see shots of the crowd or the players warming up? 

If it was a big cup win like one of the semi’s last year then fair enough but every week? It’s gonna get old pretty quickly, if it hasn’t already.

Just stick to the highlights which, for the all content they produce, was still the best thing about the clubs social media output. 

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31 minutes ago, mjw said:

Did they miss Campbell hitting the post in the story of the match?

Yup, along with Lawless hitting the bar and Carson’s fingertip save to deny Miller.

Still, some real nice shots of folk clapping and players stretching.

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Did they miss Campbell hitting the post in the story of the match?
Strangely the Story of the Match shows him beating the players in the run-up but not the shot off the post.

I quite like the Story of the Match package but not as a replacement for highlights.

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I think the Story of the Match stuff is fine (even if it's not my cup of tea) - but only if it's alongside the match highlights. Since the club have been doing them, watching the highlights when they appeared at midnight has been part of my football routine, especially as I can watch them on the day of the game and not have to wait for the (often shite) BBC package the next day - and they are even more valuable for midweek games when the BBC don't have a highlights show.

Would be a real shame if they've ditched the highlights for any other reason than pressure from the broadcasters or Hampden Beaks. I'm a huge fan of the media output of the club - love it - but at the end of the day, the actual football is the core thing and it would be crazy to chuck that. Fortunately, there haven't been any highlights to show in the league, so sneak them back in time for the Rangers game lads and we'll say no more about it :) 

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Given that it's a couple of days after the bulk of the Betfred games - is there anywhere you can actually watch the highlights?

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In case anyone doubted the fact that the "Reserve League" was just a renamed Dev league here's our team to play Hearts today...

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I wonder if Celtic and Rangers will treat it like the old reserve league used to be (first team squad players and a few youths) vs the rest who will just treat it as the dev league...

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