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  1. marinello

    Centre Backs.

    I appreciate the picture is looking brighter with the form of Mc Kenna and Hendry plus the experience of Mulgrew. But with question marks hanging over Hanley, Martin, Souttar , Berra and Lindsay I dont think it would be unreasonable for Mc Leish to be looking at Tom Aldred of Motherwell for the games in May/June. His attributes centre on his no nonsense approach and solid dependability which have been vital to Motherwell`s recovery since he came up from Bury in January. Add to this he is only 27. BTW before anyone questions his Scottish credentials please note that his mum is Scottish. He is worth a shout I feel.
  2. Was at Croatia`s WC Play Off home match against Greece on Thursday past. Met with Dejan who is the secretary of the Croatian TA . Sporting his kilt and other Scottish paraphernalia he asked that his regards be passed to all troops. Also met up with other Croatian fans. All of them take a keen interest in Scotland and were very disappointed re Slovenia game. Their hospitality was something else. As for Greece game. Croatia won in canter . Greece are hopeless. I`m sure we would have given the Croats a better game.
  3. marinello

    Genetically, we are behind...

    His comments on this matter should be added to the list of stupid comments he has made over the years. Ranging from his statement in recent times that his players struggled with simple passing to his castigation of a female journalist that she should stick to child birth he really is an unlikeable guy. Tries to pass himself off as being smart when in reality he isn`t. His only defence is that he seems to say these things when he is under pressure. If he could just stay away from a microphone or ensure that he only speaks from a script prepared by someone with a degree of basic tact then I could stomach him staying. The players seem to like him.
  4. marinello

    Sign of Hope.

    Yup its the result not the actual score.
  5. marinello

    Sign of Hope.

    Wee story. Some would say grasping at straws but hey its Sunday morning and what else can I do as we watch the count down to our match with destiny. Last November after the defeat at Wembley me and my mates chewed over our chances of getting second place. With the exception of me everyone said our chances were nil and that the only question was when Strachan would get punted/leave. As my mates questioned my mental health I said that we would get second. As a way or reassuring them I looked not just at Scotland`s games from round 5 to 10 but also the other games in the group. Now let me say to all and sundry I don`t bet , I don`t howl at the moon nor do I wear an ill fitting anorak complete with notebook and John Lennon specs, but of the 15 games played from round 5 I have managed to predict the correct outcome for all of them. Not that diificult I hear you say but this includes our draw with England and even Malta at home to Lithuania. So with this in mind my predictions for today are ------cue drum roll; Lithuania 0 England 2. Slovakia 3 Malta 0. Slovenia 0 Scotland 2. Here`s hoping.
  6. marinello


    I see it is claimed in BBC Scottish Gossip page that the Slovakia manager is intending to play for a draw on Thursday. Big mistake if they do as if successful and with a win against Malta they would only have 19 points. This is likely to be insufficient to be in the top 8 second place positions. That`s why I think the claim is pish. They will come at us looking for the win. This gives me more encouragement that we will win as we will not be facing a 5 man defence. Spaces instead will be available for us to exploit. Not disparaging the Slovaks as I feel they are a competent outfit but I really do believe we will win this. Can see a 3-1 win [ possibly 3-2]. Our time is near.
  7. marinello

    Last 4 matches

    I predict for what it is worth that going into final match we will be on 17 points with Slovakia and Slovenia on 15 and 14 points respectively. Although mathematically possible for Slovenia they will know their challenge is over as even a win against us will not be enough as Slovakia will top them against Malta---Ergo Slovenia will be more beatable. Will be down to us. Beat Slovenia and Slovakia will be out. Remember the current standings are misleading as the 2 slovs are still to play England at Wembley -----matches which because of the timing in the group will mean England have something to play for. My friends, short of Slovakia winning at Wembley we are in with a reasonable chance of getting 2nd. Believe