Friday, November 27, 2009

But seriously...

Oh, think twice,
'Cause it's another day for you and me in paradise

So warbled 1980s drummer, singer and Kinnock-bashing baldy Phil Collins. It would be nice to think that, even in these dark hours, Tony Mowbray is still so elated about landing his dream job that he finds himself serenading Mark Venus with that very chorus.

Somehow it seems unlikely. Tony clearly felt that his team had done enough to merit a win against Dundee United on Sunday but as long as his defenders can’t concentrate for 90 minutes results like that will happen.

And each time they do the ire of the fans will grow and grow. Still, as a wise man said, you can’t hurry love.

In the meantime it keeps the SPL bubbling along quite nicely:

Aberdeen v Rangers (Saturday lunchtime on Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Sports)

They’ve never been easy lovers these two and Pittodrie will be as welcoming to the boys in blue as ever tomorrow. Rangers have struggled here recently and a fired up Aberdeen side will be looking for more of the same. Thus far Rangers have pretty much avoided European hangovers this season but their failure in that competition must be raising some doubts amongst the squad as the transfer window looms and no owner appears. They’re still top of the league though. A close one that either side could win but I’ll back a low scoring, or no scoring, draw.

Celtic v St Mirren

These two served up a dire match in Paisley which was enlivened only by Paddy McCourt’s individual goal. I remain adamant however that his effort was made to look better than it was by five or six St Mirren defenders diving out of his way as if felled by some kind of invisible touch. You can bet Gus McPherson will have warned them against any repeat. In a season of discomfort Celtic have also been short on home comforts and they’ll need a spark from somewhere to break down St Mirren tomorrow. From where? That, Mr Mowbray, is the question. I’m going for a home win though.

Hibs v Falkirk

Given Falkirk’s current plight they could probably do without John Hughes’ suggestion that there should be a statue of him outside the Falkirk Stadium. It’s enough to make Eddie May offer him outside – no jacket required. Actually the fickle mistress of form shows that Hibs have taken two points from six and Falkirk four from six. Does this mean anything or are the league positions a better guide of the likely outcome? Hibs are running a Hibs Reunited scheme tomorrow to get lost supporters back. The home side will probably be reunited with that winning feeling as well.

Kilmarnock v Hearts

What the feck is going on at Tynecastle? As ever we can’t answer that one so sitting back and admiring Csaba Lazlo’s increasingly desperate attempts to get himself sacked must suffice. Last week’s home defeat to St Johnstone will have knocked the stuffing from the Hearts players and, I’m afraid, this season might get a whole lot worse before it gets better for the Gorgie boys. Starting tomorrow? The transformed Kevin Kyle would run thru these walls for Jim Jefferies and I’m backing him to make the difference tomorrow.

Motherwell v Dundee United

Two sides with ambitions to finish in the upper echelons of the SPL meet at Fir Park. Jim Gannon has rebuilt Motherwell against all odds. Craig Levein and his players will be full of confidence after their late win against Celtic. I would fancy United to be stronger in this one but Gannon continues to plug away with a squad that seem to react his coaching. For that reason I’m going to back the scoring draw.

St Johnstone v Hamilton

Hamilton must have been left wishing it would rain down after they gave Falkirk their first win of the campaign last week while St Johnstone will have the strength of two hearts following their comeback win at Tynecastle. It’s early days still but Hamilton know that allowing Falkirk to move within touching distance might have ramifications come the business end of the season. St Johnstone will be looking to find the bit of consistency that will allow them to build some momentum. I think they might find it tomorrow with a home win.

So far, so poor: 27 out of 65. Groovy? Kind of, love.