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  1. Texas Pete

    Griffiths

    I agree it’s unlikely but I wouldn’t put it past Lennon to put in a cheeky bid to take him to Hibs on loan. Wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen from a Scotland point of view in my opinion.
  2. Texas Pete

    Griffiths

    Maybe he was banking on Dembele leaving. Or maybe he ferlsvhe can fight for his place in the team? He could still move abroad or even go out on loan in Scotland I suppose but there’s no way Celtic would let that happen when the other two strikers are injured.
  3. Texas Pete

    Griffiths

    I’d be amazed and concerned if McLeish wasn’t concerned about Griffiths not playing. He has started Celtic’s last two matches and hasn’t scored but I’m not sure how he played though as I only saw some of last night’s game. There’s still almost 4 weeks until the Albania game though so Celtic will have another 4 or 5 games between then and now. I’m not sure how long Edouard and Dembele are our for but I’m sure Griffiths will play some games and score over the next couple of weeks. I wouldn’t write him off yet.
  4. Texas Pete

    Berra Out for 6 Months

    He’s certainly not our best defender. Even best centre half would be pushing it. Our central defence has been like the Keystone Cops at times over the last few years, Berra or no Berra. I think we’ll manage ok without him.
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    Berra Out for 6 Months

    He’s really not that good. I’m not even 100% convinced he’d be a certain starter next month. Even if McLeish was intending to start Berra (which in fairness he probably was), whoever replaces him won’t be much worse than him. Berra is nearly 34. We are going to have to replace him at some stage and this will force McLeish to do it now so it might not be the crisis you suggest. I don’t want to be disrespectful to Albania but I’m hoping our defence won’t be challenged too much by them at Hampden. McKenna should be back for our away games in October so I’m not overly concerned with Berra’s injury.
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    Berra Out for 6 Months

    I’d hardly say it’s a crisis. Berra isn’t exactly Paolo Maldini.
  7. Texas Pete

    Nations League

    There are only 4 Euro 2020 places available through the playoffs. It’s highly unlikely that anyone from League A will need to enter the playoffs as they will almost certainly finish first or second in their qualifying group next year (although this is not guaranteed). If all League A teams qualify outright then yes, the four finalists that qualify via the playoffs will come from leagues B, C and D. I can’t see any way for League D to get any more than their allocated 4 playoff spots (for the group winners) and the majority of League B will also qualify outright so there may well be some extra playoff spots for our league. Lets just hope we win our group then we won’t need to worry about sneaking into the playoffs via the back door if we don’t qualify next year.
  8. Texas Pete

    Nations League

    24 teams out of 55 will qualify so less than half will be at the finals. It’s no different to Euro 2016 except there will be twice as many teams in the playoffs. I think the European Championships have been devalued a wee bit by increasing from 16 teams to 24 but none of us will be giving a shit about that if we qualify. I have heard rumours that UEFA want to increase it further to 32. That would be ridiculous in my opinion but at least we’d probably qualify.
  9. Texas Pete

    Griffiths

    There might have been a slight deflection off the defender before it reached Phillips but that makes it a better goal for me. It’s harder to react to a deflection than an ordinary cross.
  10. Texas Pete

    Nations League

    I can’t really make out what you mean but there’s a difference between finals places and playoff places. 16 teams will enter the playoffs but only 4 of those will qualify for the finals.
  11. Texas Pete

    Nations League

    There are 24 teams in Leagues A and B. The vast majority of them will qualify for Euro 2020 via the qualifiers. If, for arguments sake, all 20 qualified teams come from Leagues A and B, those two leagues will only require 4 playoff places. League D will get 4 playoff places. That leaves 8 playoff places. The group winners in League C would all get a place and the other 4 places would go to the 4 highest ranked teams (based on Nations League performance) that haven’t qualified which, as far as I can figure out, would be the 4 runners up from League C. The above example is obviously pretty simplistic but the fact is 36 out of 55 teams will either qualify for Euro 2020 or get a playoff place. If we exclude League D (they won’t get any more than 4 teams in the playoffs), then 32 out of 39 teams will either qualify for the tournament outright or will reach the playoffs. There will be seven 3rd and 4th placed teams from League C that will miss out but as far as I can see, 2nd place in our group really ought to be enough for a playoff. It might mean we play off against teams from a higher league but it would be better than nothing.
  12. Texas Pete

    Griffiths

    Really lucky for the goal? Get yourself some glasses mate. The defender missed the cross. How is that really lucky? I’m not Phillip’s biggest fan by any means but you, sir, are talking absolute bollocks.
  13. Texas Pete

    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Fletcher played against Brentford on Saturday. He was subbed with about 15 minutes to go. Not sure if It was because he was shite, injured or just a tactical move.
  14. Texas Pete

    Scottish Players in Action 18/19

    Are you a Rangers fan? McCrorie is far from shit. He’s also far from the finished article. He was a bit out of his depth as a centre half and had no protection from the diddies around him when he played there last season. As a defensive midfielder he has a lot of potential and could be a huge player for Scotland in the next few years.
  15. Texas Pete

    Nations League

    Absolutely. We would be bit unlucky not to get a playoff if we finish second though I think. Surely we won’t finish bottom of our group?
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