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16 hours ago, SandyCromarty said:

Yes Bell is our highest scorer with 6 goals I believe but part of my post was the poor strike rate of Baird and Oakley, Bell has acquitted himself well since Geneva but he is still coming to terms with the more physical Scottish game, however I feel he will a great asset for us if he stays.

You mention that 32 year old Baird was brought in to contribute 10 goals, having scored three in 22 appearances I cannot foresee him attaining anywhere near the ten in the remaining  dozen or so league games. As I said,  running around the park at defenders is not what he is paid to do however much that may appeal to some, he should always be in a position to receive the ball and make inroads with it towards the goal not running wide against a left or right back. Old School maybe but that's how it works.

I know that pre season friendlies do not give a full account of a players ability but for me Elbouzedi was a stand out last summer so I was disappointed when he got injured, now that his month's loan to Elgin is finished  I can't wait to see him back in the team.

Many young players manage to combine and juggle studies with a professional football career so I don't for  minute  see that being a problem for Daniel McKay, I really want to see him  on the pitch more.

I also stand by my belief that we would struggle against lower premier opposition, go back to the RC friendly at Dingwall this season where we fielded a full first team, which included Elbouzedi, and we were well beaten and we really did look second best.

 

For me I think that it is inevitable that we will be in the Championship next season, and hopefully when he will have more time than he did t the start of this season John Robertson can bring us a couple of experienced strikers. and Oakley can do better. Running around and going wide pulls defenders out of position  and creates space for others to exploit. Oakley is better as a target man and holding the ball up than Baird.  So they both do different jobs for the team. Given our current resources, my starters would be Oakley and Bell backed up with Dorian and Tremarco to provide the width and pace  required  in today's game. We both want a20 goal a season centre forward, but so does every club and with our budget we won't get one quickly or easily. 

I too want to see more of young Mckay but as an impact sub for 20 minutes so that he has the time to mature physically and emotionally. Who knows what Elbouzedi can do but Id like to find out soon. 

 

16 hours ago, SandyCromarty said:

 

 

I seem to have made a complete mess of my reply and mixed in up with

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I had a keek at today's Courier in the supermarket and surprise surprise Inverness Caledonian Thistle do not appear on the back page again, as usual top spot goes to Ross County, I think it warrants a mail to the owners, Scottish Provincial Press, to rename the paper The Dingwall Courier.


Care to enlighten me about the supermarket thing? I haven t heard anything....
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there is big talk about caley tohistle will be in administration at the end of the season been told by some people that this will happen


Club are obviously not in a great financial state at the moment but rumours of administration have come and gone many a time. So i have my doubts.
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19 minutes ago, SandyCromarty said:

I hope it works out for him as it clearly didn't with us, 3 goals in 22 appearances is not what he was signed for hence his departure.

Surprised that Barley Chatterman our Highland sports scoop failed to mention the transfer on this morning's BBC news, then again Chatterman is an RC fan.

Still cracks me up :lol:

Baird has hardly ever been a prolific scorer so any expectations that he would suddenly start banging in the goals were wildly misappropriated. That said, his finishing was even worse than I had thought it was. Some absolutely criminal misses.

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1 hour ago, RiG said:

Still cracks me up :lol:

Baird has hardly ever been a prolific scorer so any expectations that he would suddenly start banging in the goals were wildly misappropriated. That said, his finishing was even worse than I had thought it was. Some absolutely criminal misses.

We did try to warn you. 

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27 minutes ago, SandyCromarty said:

And you were 100% right. though in his two years with you he did manage 32 goals in 87 apps which is by far a better strike rate than we got out of him.

The duff will sort him out just like he's sorted out the flop of Gazza Harkins :thumsup2

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On ‎23‎/‎02‎/‎2018 at 11:29, SandyCromarty said:

And you were 100% right. though in his two years with you he did manage 32 goals in 87 apps which is by far a better strike rate than we got out of him.

He was absolute crap in his last season with us, I think we saw the best of him before that.  Signs were there before he joined you  his career was on the slide,  Morton fans seem fairly pleased he's joined,  I've a feeling that won't last after a few weeks of watching him.  I just hope Duffy tries to partner him with McHugh.

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On 23/02/2018 at 08:54, SandyCromarty said:

Barley Chatterman our Highland sports scoop failed 

Barley Chatterman and Tulloch of doom.

The raiders of the lost park have secured a land bank and the cost benefit analysis would have been easy given the leverage of the intangible of football goodwill.

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Tarmo Kink said:

Nobody ever expected Baird to be any good, the Falkirk fans who ‘warned’ us didn’t change anyone’s opinion of him. He’s a hard worker, but a poor finisher.

Yeah looking back at the posts when he was signed most ICT fans seemed happy that we had signed someone but there was very much a lukewarm reception to his arrival. SHame it hasn't worked out as I think he's been something of a scapegoat for our supporters. It was his partnership with Bell that saw us start or semi decent run of form last year so whilst he hasn't bagged many goals his general play was pretty decent most of the time.

Robbo really hasn't impressed in the transfer market. Not really a surprise for someone who has been out of management for so long. Donaldson and Bell have probably been his most successful pick ups but all the others have blown hot and cold and more often they've been cold. Mulraney continues to be poor and never kicked on after his wee purple patch a few months ago, Mckay and Warren look like utter carthorses at the back and most of our midfield is dross (Trafford, Chalmers etc.)

We are simply put a very poor team with occasional glimpses of promise. We had a massive overhaul last summer and I expect another one in a few months time.

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On ‎23‎/‎02‎/‎2018 at 14:32, SandyCromarty said:

I hope you're right, but I fear that it will be a 'Baird too Far' even for your Dim Juffy.

Or maybe it's because Caley are absolutely honking hence his performances :whistle he's made the switch to a the better side:thumsup2 

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My take on the summer/January signings -

 

John Baird - Runs around a lot and his link up play was okay but couldn’t finish a hot dog. Doubt we’ll see him play for us again.

 

Mark Ridgers - Started poorly, massively improved.

 

Matthew Elsdon - Garbage. Punted.

 

Alex Cooper - Garbage. Punted.

 

Zak Elbouzedi - Seems to have lived off a good performance in the summer against Forres. Spent most of the season injured or out on loan.

 

Conor Bell - Looks decent.

 

George Oakley - Tries hard but blows hot and cold.

 

Coll Donaldson - Excellent so far.

 

Riccardo Calder - Started okay, but much improved lately.

 

‘Average Joe’ Chalmers - Dreadful at the start of the season but improved somewhat since moving into midfield. Still seems to be a passenger often though.

 

Charlie Trafford - Rather average.

 

Collin Seedorf - Decent going forward. Mince at the back.

 

Nathan Austin - Flashes of looking decent but always injured.

 

Felticiano Zschusschen - One of the worst players I’ve ever seen play for us. Absolutely dreadful. Punted.

 

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