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Mr Toon

Member Since 14 Mar 2008
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#1125914 Squad and transfers 2019/20

Posted by Mr Toon on 13 August 2019 - 07:26 PM

You seemed to be dismissing as out of the question the alternative with your 'hard to imagine' opening.

It's really not.

Their sustainability message has always been laced with 'the youths' and hopeful sales, so it's entirely likely Crawford would have signed off on a (what's lipkely to be a cheap) extension to our current main breakthrough asset, especially after the fuck ups that led to our previous 2 assets leaving for nothing.

Fair comment, but this is the first season under the new 'break even' and 'not subsidising' regime, the first principle of which is you only commit money that you either have already received or are sure to get through existing revenue streams.
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#1125907 Squad and transfers 2019/20

Posted by Mr Toon on 13 August 2019 - 04:39 PM

Alternatively, there's absolutely no basis for anything you just said.

My comment is speculative based on the events to which I referred.

'If that is the case' is something of a hint in that regard.

Are you dismissing it as out of the question?
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#1125902 Squad and transfers 2019/20

Posted by Mr Toon on 13 August 2019 - 02:51 PM

Given all of Crawford Rae's comments about breaking even and self suffiency, it's hard to imagine that he would have allowed this deal to go ahead without the MCT money.

If that is the case it is the first real tangible sign that the initiative may prove worthwhile.
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#1124893 Morton v The Queenies

Posted by Mr Toon on 30 July 2019 - 01:00 PM

Gaston was an absolute zoomer as well, awful distribution, never moved outside his 6 yrd box and couldn't catch a dose of the clap up the Maga strip. Decent enough shotstopper, but as discussed numerous times on here, that's the bare minimum you expect from any GK. Ramsbottom needs to drastically improve (hopefully some of this is confidence related) or we need a new goalie pronto, but lets not pretend Gaston was anything but League 1 material.

That's just nonsense. Gaston was a good sound keeper. Not Premier League standard but above average for the Championship over the piece. He had some outstanding games and a few poor ones.

On usual form he would have saved all three of the goals.

I think that he lost out to McCrorie last season, not because McCrorie was much better but because of the Rangers connection with JJ.

If it was between what we've seen so far and Gaston I'd have Gaston back in a flash.
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#1124526 Squad and transfers 2019/20

Posted by Mr Toon on 26 July 2019 - 09:40 AM

It's pretty telling that Dykes has been farmed out for the entire season, given our squad size. Has he played a single minute under Hopkin, even in pre-season? He's a dud, nowhere near good enough for this level, and I can't even see him be9ing any good at League 2 level.

His signing was baffling at the time, apparently based on how he performed against us in a reserve match.

Since then he has done nothing so the loan out is good business.
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#1124327 MCT Ask Me Anything

Posted by Mr Toon on 22 July 2019 - 08:32 AM

You have no understanding of how this scheme is supposed to operate.

As someone who has pledged the problem at the moment is that there remains a real lack of clarity as to how the scheme is supposed to operate. As the situation develops it seems to become more complex rather than more straightforward.
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#1123296 On This Day - Part 2

Posted by Mr Toon on 08 July 2019 - 05:56 AM

Brilliant thread. Thanks, can't imagine how many hours all that took.
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#1121683 Squad and transfers 2019/20

Posted by Mr Toon on 12 June 2019 - 11:07 AM

Ringer = imposter = (in this context) someone who looks like a footballer but isn't, and we can all name a few.

So we'll know soon enough which if any are ringers after we have seen them play.
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#1121633 Squad and transfers 2019/20

Posted by Mr Toon on 11 June 2019 - 07:36 PM

He's a player with good qualities but little end product. Another one whose career has stalled, and exactly the type of player we'd be looking to sign. Seems like a good match.

Against Rangers at Ibrox in the cup one on one with the goalie and he should have scored....... but he did a lot of good stuff too. He goes past players with ease and if his final ball/composure has improved he could be a real asset.
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#1105303 Championship 2018-19 Thread

Posted by Mr Toon on 30 November 2018 - 11:03 PM

Can’t say it bothers me.
The Little Ayr patter is s***e.

Me neither. If it can't be us then I don't really care who it is obviously excluding Falkirk.
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#1101881 Championship 2018-19 Thread

Posted by Mr Toon on 30 September 2018 - 11:25 AM

Of course the manager has to accept some responsibility for the performance and result, but it is also only reasonable to take account of all of the circumstances.

We lost Denny before the kick off. After a slow start we came into the game and after we scored were on top. We then missed a penalty and also a very good chance when McLean didn't even hit the target from a very good position.

However up until then OK.

We then lost arguably our two most influential players in the space of a few minutes and bench is short on experience as we all know.

The manager didn't miss the penalty and Tidser has been by far our most consistent and influential player this season. Any criticism of him might be that he soldiered on with an injury when he probably should have gone off.

At that point I was thinking that the performance was a big improvement on last week.

Then we had the meltdown. We could go through the four goals one at a time and attribute blame, but each of them was a shocker and the defenders seemed to be competing with each other to see who could give away the most generous gift to Ayr.

I've watched Morton for over 40 years and have seen some very poor Morton teams, times when we couldn't buy a win (and of course lots of good times too) but I struggle in context to remember such a shocking 20 minutes and we were actually lucky it wasn't worse.

Ayr were on a high and we hit rock bottom.

The manager has a very thin squad which is not his fault and he has only been in post for a few weeks. He needs time and in terms of injuries, a wee bit of luck.

To talk about sacking him at this stage is frankly ridiculous.
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#1099110 Thread About Ex Player

Posted by Mr Toon on 29 August 2018 - 04:56 PM


Not Karma, just bad luck....... but glad it has left Thistle a player down and not us.
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#1097122 Thread About Ex Player

Posted by Mr Toon on 29 July 2018 - 04:06 PM

Not the first (e.g. Gardyne & Graham etc..) and certainly won't be the last.

Could be the subject of another potentially interesting and controversial poll.
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#1094502 Thread About Ex Player

Posted by Mr Toon on 19 June 2018 - 04:20 PM

He served us really well for a number of years and let himself down a bit in the end.
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#1087934 Thread About Ex Player

Posted by Mr Toon on 24 March 2018 - 05:03 PM

The two positions where confidence seems to matter most are keeper and striker.
Shankland arrived with little or none, missed a couple of sitters and after that offered very little.
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