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  1. I met Jake Hastie's parents today and I'm sure they will be OK for me to say a few things they told me. Firstly they told me Jake had signed before it was on the news (also told me keep quiet until it was out in the news but that didn't last long), they also told me a few stories about when they met with Gerrard and Allen etc last week. They were assured by them that Jake will be in the first team squad and won't be loaned out or put back to the academy team as they had their own reservations about getting game time and how it would affect Jake's progress and seen no point in signing if he wasn't going to be in the first team squad. But they also told me Gerrard told them it's now up to Jake to prove himself in training that deserves a chance but they all rate him very highly, more so than Middleton. Aberdeen guaranteed him first team football but changed their deal at the last minute but he didn't fancy it anyway. The tims again went about trying to get the deal done on the cheap and they were not impressed at all and was never really a goer. He also had offers from England and abroad but like before they want to stay in Scotland for now anyway. He's been told he'll be lucky to get any more game time at Motherwell and was snubbed at the awards last night by virtually everyone there. I'm so pleased for the young man and his family and hope he takes his chance and does very well for us....
    7 points
  2. I think I said a while ago that when Robinson came to Motherwell he told Jake to go on loan right away as he didn't think he was good enough. He told him to get fitter and lose weight, which I'm sure was a motivator for him but they didn't really keep tabs on him while he was out on loan. His dad said there was no contact from Motherwell before he came back from Alloa in January and the only time they got in touch was after he went on his good run scoring goals and when other teams were interested. He said if Jake was offered a decent contract when on loan or even when he first came back he probably would've signed but said Motherwell hedged their bets and it's backfired on them, and now they're not happy! He is a very grounded young guy with a great family who deserve all they get, I hope it works out for him but even his dad said it's now that we'll find out if he's good enough to play at this level but I know he will work as hard as he can and give it his best shot.
    3 points
  3. Clicking on the 'star' or 'bullet point' (?) takes you to the first unread post.
    2 points
  4. If you click on the star or the circle to the left of each thread title then it will go to the first unread post.
    2 points
  5. Motherwell are not, never have been, and never will be a competitor of ours. Their competition is with Accies etc in the bottom 6. They simply make themselves look silly and petty if they bear grudges against the boy for trying to take his career to the next level. As for the Hastie he appears to have a close knit family to support him at this crucial point. He's going to be on a lot more money than he was at Motherwell and with a far higher profile. That can go to the heads of some boys leading them astray. He appears to have a family who will impress on him that this is still one of the first steps on your journey not the end of it. You need to work really hard if you're ever going to become a regular starter in a team of this stature.
    2 points
  6. Utterly pathetic. Another club trying to manufacture a rivalry with us to in order to trump up a sense of self importance.
    2 points
  7. I’m sorry but I had to highlight this. I looked at the BBC match report from Brian Mclaughlin to laugh at their greeting however........ “Perhaps that was down to arguably the best two goalkeepers in the league in Ofir Marciano and Scott Bain” What the actual f&£k??? Never mind editorially fair, totally delusional more like!
    2 points
  8. The unwritten and unofficial law of football sayeth that after a really bad result, a big club usually bounce backeth in the next game. OGS should at least drop those he thinks are not interested and bring in players that at least will try their best, eg. Pogba should be out of the squad. Still think City are too good and have too much in play to drop anything at Old Trafford, 1-3.
    1 point
  9. Hastie's physique gives him as a 20 year old, a head start and the potential for a larger sell-on value (logic: good big yin is worth more than a good wee yin) in for example, England. Getting lads like this is the way to go and now it's about improving everything about his game and more. I have high hopes for this lad. Not because of any particular insight, just something in my water !
    1 point
  10. Video available now. Jack passed the ball into the net, Jimmy Greaves style.
    1 point
  11. I wonder if these protesters would be so keen to demonstrate if the weather wasn't so good
    1 point
  12. It's been known for many years now that the climate is undergoing massive change and humans are responsible. I find it reprehensible that there is still disinformation about this reality being fed to the masses by fossil fuel companies. Exactly the same denial strategies followed by tobacco companies when the link between smoking and lung cancer was first established and in some cases some of the same 'scientists" willing to parrot anything at all for a pay day.
    1 point
  13. Forget all the do gooder stuff etc.have just watched a programme about the Arctic and the melting ice proving that something is happening. IMHO this can only be helped by the massive countries curtailing their outputs not an insignificant size of ours.
    1 point
  14. What I was calling a force-fit was your comparison with the video/tweet you posted. The reason I asked you for a definition of the term "follower" as used in your post about tweet/comparison was to further understand argument regards responsibility. I'd agree with you that the politicians and pressure groups have the O.O. where they want them and are themselves force-fitting what seems as unreasonable criteria regards the responsibility for spectators (if that is what they are). That said, if a march or whatever event attracts unsavoury elements/criminal behaviour, then the authorities do have a duty to act/look to prevent repeat incidents. This in turn has to be balanced with civil rights. Is it reasonable to force through so much change for one spectator/follower spitting ? With the caveat of not knowing every detail about the episode, I'd say, probably no and that it follows a predictable pattern of a certain degree of abuse of power by politicians, together with one-sided pressure groups. As I mentioned previously, the best way to play it has already been put forward by a O.O. statement,..it was a suggestion, an offer to come together and stand against bigotry whilst on the march. It was an olive branch of sorts that didn't seem to be talked about or considered. IMO. this line should have been persevered with. A genuine attempt to go further towards a lasting solution that would make anyone refusing it look unreasonable. Whoever had that idea should be listened to more because I think a more confrontational approach will end up having a negative outcome for the O.O.
    1 point
  15. A chap in an England shirt, standing on a pavement, might antagonise participants on a Republican or Scottish nationalist march. That's life. The priest intentionally left his church at a specific moment. I agree that it is moronic to spit at or abuse him but he could easily have avoided that happening.
    1 point
  16. There's been other marches and demos in the city where people have been assaulted and the Council don't seem to care. If there were some level of consistency then that would go somewhat to reducing the conspiracy theories. I wonder if I stand with a UJ and Rangers top on in the middle of George Square during the next pro-independence rally and I get assaulted, will the council ban all future pro-independence rallies? I think that we all know the answer to that.
    1 point
  17. Ryan Jack is a very studious and careful goalscorer. He is almost always very deliberate in selecting what part of the goal to aim at and tends to go for precision rather than power. He should definitely spend more time around the penalty box than he once did and should be going for double figures next season.
    1 point
  18. Okay, I live in Glasgow, I also work in Glasgow and my children attend our local school. I feel I'm qualified to comment on this. As someone who still has an involvement in our local Church Of Scotland I can say I don't in any way feel I'm discriminated against by the local council. Firstly let's be very careful about conflating the rerouting of an ABOD march with discrimination against Protestants. Someone spat on a priest in the street, let that sink in. Spitting on someone you don't know and who in this case had clearly hadn't done anything to deserve it is abhorrent. Surely no one disagrees with that? That person was following a 'walk' when he did it. For all the various loyal orders can say they have no control over who 'follows' them on the street they have to take some responsibility for the people they attract. This isn't a new problem for them either. I understand there's a distinction between the OO, the bands they hire and the people who walk alongside them. But for the vast majority of people they see them as one, all connected and only there in the first place because of the 'walk'. So, the 'banning' of this particular march is no surprise and frankly the wise thing to do. I can understand entirely why the council and police made the decision. That's no conspiracy. I lived in Northern Ireland in the 1990s and I watched the Orange Order make exactly the same mistakes then as I'm watching them make now. It's astonishing how resistant to learning they seem to be. In Glasgow today the majority of people have no connection to loyal orders. Most people won't care if they don't see another Orange march in their life. That's the harsh reality. As someone still involved in organised, mainstream Presbyterianism, I can tell you that Glasgow City Council are the least of our concerns. I'm now late for the Easter service.
    1 point
  19. The Moral Compass. The nation's Jiminey Cricket, Michael Stewart waded into Alex McLeish's sacking last night on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound. He was speaking on behalf of his constituency, the Tartan Army. Of course, Michael's hoped for constituency was Edinburgh West, he lost the prospective parliamentary candidate race for the SNP, to Michelle Thomson. Since we are getting all moral compass, let's hope Michael did not purchase a property from Michelle? Anyways, on behalf of the Tartan Army, Michael stated a main objection to McLeish was, "he is a recipient of an EBT". The only other two I have heard utilising this reasoning on the same means, are DrStu' and Jum Spence. We have to admire the moral fortitude of the PQ Triumvirate, having to share both studios and broadcast air time with both Billy Dodds and Stephen Thompson. Both are recipients of EBTs. Particularly, Michael sharing that Sportscene studio twice a week with Thommo; we should pray for Michael. Let's hope Thommo's immorality never runs interference with all that exposure Michael is receiving? Talking of DrStu', he failed to trap for yesterday's BBC Radio Scotland's Media Review. His appearance was not necessary, the other regular contributor, Dr Eamonn O'Neill quoted DrStu' twice during the elongated discussion on the Kezia Dugdale/Rev' Stuart Campbell defamation case. DrStu's oft' repeated objection to McLeish's appointment, was his refusal to, "give up his big house in Fulham". DrStu' was consistent, in that he objected to Gordon Strachan refusing to give up his big house in Hampshire. He demanded the national coach lives in Scotland. Both good Doctors were anxious to broadcast their view that the Rev' Stuart Campbell did NOT loose the defamation case, or that Wings Over Scotland was not the loser. Dr Eamonn quoted DrStu', "you must remember, there is Wings Over Scotland and there is the Reverend Stuart Campbell, Stuart can be a bit spikey". We can only assume DrStu' has failed to factor in the Grid Magnetic Angle whilst setting his moral compass, the Rev' Stuart has a big house in Bath. Obviously, residents of Somerset are exempt, you need to live here to manage Scotland, but you can pontificate constantly on every aspect of the nation's administration from the Georgian town these last thirty years. Staying on the moral course and paraphrasing Dr Eamonn, 'there's Trainspotting and there's Irvine Welsh'. DrStu' loves dearest Irvine, continually lionises his literary works. I agree, Trainspotting is a literary triumph. We must state right from the off, Irvine has at least two big houses, one in Chicago and the other in Dublin. Like the Rev', he has been away from Scottish shores for over a quarter of a century. Irvine touched base this week, a fellow Hibee was shot dead outside his home in Chester Street, Edinburgh. Bradley Welsh appears to be a much rehabilitated character, from football casual to boxing gym proprietor to actor? Although, today's press are claiming inability to look after £130,000 of drugs was the reasoning for the shooting. Irvine Welsh issued a heartfelt tribute, indeed he claimed his heart was broken at the news. This is not an attempt to intrude upon private grief, it is an on going query on Irvine Welsh's punk rock band of 1976, 'Stairway 13'? Will DrStu' reveal Irvine's inspiration/stimulation for the name? I would ask Irvine again, but he is unreliable in his claims eg he claims to be sixty years of age, but police records have evidence of another birth certificate stating a 1951 date of birth. I hope Stairway 13 did not play Markinch, that really would be heartbreaking. Finally, Angela Haggerty claimed on BBC Radio Scotland's Shereen Nanjiani show recently, "the IRA are a defunct organisation". I wonder if Angela would care to tell that to the family of fellow Journalist, Lyra McKee? She was shot dead last night in the Creggan area of Londonderry by the IRA. Go on Angela, set your moral compass and, 'Call it Out'.
    1 point
  20. I see this time and time again, people with an agenda saying they need lists of evidence before they can deign to grant their agreement ... when in reality their approval or otherwise is about as worthless as their own condescension. I can understand if people who live in and have first hand experience of a sectarian council want to disagree and put up some sort of reason for doing so. What I can't accept are people who don't even live in the same country, let alone Glasgow, calling out Glaswegians for having an opinion, without even the courtesy of an explanation. I don't live in Glasgow, I'll listen to people who do.
    1 point
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