Friday, March 27, 2009

A grim week, a grim weekend?

George Burley is delighted to have Barry Ferguson back. Barry Ferguson believes we can defy the odds and that we'll fight like "rats."

And that seems to be it for the optimism. The number of injuries, the memories of the last trip to Holland have all seemed to simply add to the general sense of malaise that has been a hallmark of the Burley regime.

Some of that has, of course, been caused by the campaign against the manager being run by sections of the media but these tabloid nonsenses have a terrible habit of becoming self prophesising.

Clearly some of the manager's decisions might have been questionable and the campaign got off to the worst possible start. But luck and a dearth of players must be factored in to any analysis of his reign.

For my part I think he has made a mistake playing an inexperienced keeper behind a patched up and inexperienced defence. But then I don't know the form or confidence that Craig Gordon has displayed in training.

So what can we expect? Defend, defend, defend. If that doesn't work? Who knows? At best a defeat with some respect. At worst....well, we've been here before, haven't we?