How will they respond as players over the next few months

Baxter Blue

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Been thinking about this last few days. Currently the core of their team are at home in isolation and as much as you can keep fit you can't imagine the likes of Griffiths, Eduard etc on the treadmill like Ramos.

When they eventually get on the pitch will they be busting a gut to claw back the points or will they have an eye on making sure they don't get an injuries that may hamper any summer potential move for themselves.

Mentally look at how our team after they beat us 2-3 at Ibrox more or less gave up. I'm hoping for a similar attitude from the mhanks.
With all due respect OP,I’m more interested in how WE will carry on as we close in on the title.
Complacency is a bit of a worry,as it is natural for this to set in ,in any team in our position.
However I am more confident in our team this year than in the past few years.I think they are much more mentally tuned in and will continue to focus.
 

47blue

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If the recent recruitment is anything to go by, we can look forward to more non entities being bummed up by the media. At the very least they need new full backs, new centre backs, a couple of goal keepers and their forward line will need replaced as well.
 

Brasstacks

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It will depend upon who is there to respond. As the window draws closer to closing I think there may be some movement for Edouard or Christie. Duffy already looks to be away, which is surprising as, despite the calamitous form, leaves them short at centre half with Julien likely out for the remainder of the season.

As witnessed against us, they need to change the shape to put together a run of games. They don't have the fitness or players to win in that shape consistently against the better sides in the league.

The league will be won before the split IMO.
 

Doctor Robert

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Just found it strange a youngster getting cramp that early in a game.

I hate that wee prick Johnston.
It’s not Johnston. It’s “Mikey Johnston”. I detest the way commentators usually always say that. His full name must be Declan Mikey-Johnston.
 

lwl

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Just for a laugh - imagine the power of Stevie G saw us sign one of them on a pre-contract. Imagine them having a Rangers player in their camp for 6 months running down his contract. Maybe even forced to play.

A modern take on MoJo. A shithousery top-up.
 

two2tango

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A huge rebuild is on the cards there this Summer and that could include a whole new footballing structure from the top with a DOF coming in and Lawwell leaving.

We have a far more settled team and squad going into next season with the majority of our main assets tied up on long term contracts. We will lose maybe 1 or 2 max and probably only bring in a similar amount.

We need to be wary about what's going on over there though and I would fully expect them to come back strongly next season. They are still able to pay bigger wages than us and pay more in transfer fees, you would suspect a competent football structure over there will ensure a better hit rate on signings than what they have had in recent seasons when they have spent some amount of money on sh*te.

They have a huge amount of work to do but I would never fully write them off after living through the Advocaat Era and seeing us look like we were lightyears ahead of them and then seeing it overturned in one Summer when O'Neill came in to them and overhauled them.
How do they finance a rebuild? They have no money left it’s all done. They are in dire straits

the scum won’t buy season tickets next year no fucking way
 

Livibear

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How do they finance a rebuild? They have no money left it’s all done. They are in dire straits

the scum won’t buy season tickets next year no fucking way

This.

We finish the job off this season they are looking at 25,000 ST sales for next season...at best.

Their much lauded cash reserves are long gone and they have a wage bill that would make an EPL side baulk - with no chance of CL access.

Their main assets would only have a year left on their contracts, so wouldn’t attract anything resembling a maximised fee.

They would bite the hand off you right now to break even on Edouard by the time PSG are made right.

Then there is elephant the the room, and the multi-million pound bill that could bring.

They’re on the precipice, and they know it.

If we we fail to get this done I am off to f.uc.king Montana:))
 

HandsomeHead

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Feels very different this year. The focus in Stevie G's interviews suggest no let up on our side.
I’ll begin to breathe easier if we get through the next couple of games with full points.

January has been the month our challenge has begun to unravel in the previous couple of seasons under Gerrard and there were signs last month that we were beginning to slow down a bit.

Sunday was better, but how much did we benefit from the man advantage?

If we’re sitting on 71 points after the next couple of fixtures I can’t see anyway back for that lot.

Let’s face it, to blow it from this position would be such a monumental collapse as to see last season’s pale by comparison.
 

Drumchapel-Bear

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How do they finance a rebuild? They have no money left it’s all done. They are in dire straits

the scum won’t buy season tickets next year no fucking way

We hear this all of the time yet they still outspend us every season.

They'll sell an asset or two to fund the CL shortfall and Desmond will get the chequebook out again no doubt to get a decent manager in.
 

Harrogate Bluenose

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I have heard from a Liverpool fan and close friend. That news is Christie has informed his agent he wants a move now. This source is connected to a family member of Trent Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool. It seems common knowledge within top championship teams. Stumbling block is Celtics valuation.

Believe or dont, I dont really care just adding to this thread.
 

Recoba

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They are still going on about Benitez and Tuchel and even mentioned they should have gone for Pochettino B-D
 

temperance

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However much the shit has hit the fan for them, when they play their strongest team, they are better than the rest ( only we have beaten them domestically since 2016 ) so while unlikely, it is not inconceivable that they go on a run. If Covid hits us and the gap closes then the pressure falls right back on us. We are in a wonderful, almost unassailable position but the key word is almost. We have a cup final on Sunday against M’well then Ross Co., then Hibs etc.
Livingstone beat them only last season.
 

Bluenose1979

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How do they finance a rebuild? They have no money left it’s all done. They are in dire straits

the scum won’t buy season tickets next year no fucking way
They were never going to be able to afford Rodgers and we were laughing at the suggestion back then. Take nothing for granted.
 

temperance

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We hear this all of the time yet they still outspend us every season.

They'll sell an asset or two to fund the CL shortfall and Desmond will get the chequebook out again no doubt to get a decent manager in.
They outspent us this season by spending £10m on Ajeti and Barkas, and spending loan fortunes on Duffy, Laxalt and the boy up front whose name I forget. :p
 

HandsomeHead

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They are still going on about Benitez and Tuchel and even mentioned they should have gone for Pochettino B-D
Thing is, if we win the title this season their TIAR dream turns to dust and everything resets so the idea they’re going to spend massively to bring in the likes of Benitez or Tuchel sounds even more fanciful than it did before.

I also think Lawwell will have one slitty eye on the looming court cases and the distinct possibility of hefty compensation ensuing so it’s going to be difficult persuading a top drawer manager to take the gig when the budget isn’t going to be guaranteed.

More probably I can see them attempting to mimic what we’ve done and opt for a promising up and coming manager overhauling the setup behind him with something more sustainable.

That’d certainly be the sensible route, but then it’s the Yahoos we’re talking about here and sense isn’t a commodity easily attributable to them.
 

Balogun1

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They are still going on about Benitez and Tuchel and even mentioned they should have gone for Pochettino B-D
One idiot on Snyde the other night was suggesting Lampard.

Ignoring the fact he is isn’t going to leave Chelsea for the bheasts in a billion years, he is also a Rangers fan.
 

insanicdrunk

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I'd be surprised at Lawwell leaving in the summer. His run and control over things has been too successful for them to jump at the first hint of a downturn - that said, if we keep this trend going over next season too I can see him wanting to go before his stock drops further.

I do think they'll look at a pretty major overhaul in the summer. They are absolutely reactive to successes on our part. Deila was replaced by Rodgers after we beat them in the Warburton Semi-final. They were happy to cruise along with him, getting mediocre titles under no pressure, but shat it when we looked like we might be about to step up and pass them.

Desmond and PL seem to wait until the shit hits the fan then push the boat out a bit. Lennon has to be done and a squad overhaul is required for sure for them. Difference this time around is that they're not bringing someone in from that same position of strength and comfort.

This is probably the right time to go for Liewell, he can blame covid and lennon for the teams position and also for any deficiencies on the balance sheet. Would get away with that after 2 bad season.

On your point on Rodgers, I was thinking about that today. They got him in too early, that cup game spooked them and they went big when tbh it probably wasn't needed. We were newly promoted the next season and a semi competent manager would have had a good chance of winning the league.

They need a Rodgers now, not what they have.
 

Drumchapel-Bear

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They outspent us this season by spending £10m on Ajeti and Barkas, and spending loan fortunes on Duffy, Laxalt and the boy up front whose name I forget. :p

That's my point. A competent footballing structure who can outspend us every summer like that won't take long to overtake us again.
 

Amity75

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Earlier in the season I wondered if their players were a couple of dropped points away from having fisticuffs on the park but that doesn't look the case now; they look as though they don't give a shit. Turnbull was actually smiling in his Hibs post match interview.
 

Adamski82

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Thumbs bubble I'm sure will be a crack den somewhere in Leith his cardio running from the police of which ever single mum he's impregnated wanting payments.
 
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