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  1. NOPE! just not having that and disappointed that no one else has flagged this up. Maybe in your Texas hick town, but not here. I have been in and out of various hospitals in Larbert and Glasgow over the last few months and i can assure you that the nurses and indeed any hospital staff I have encountered have been absolutely superb and the treatment from the NHS in general has been outstanding.
    13 points
  2. Livingston have the parachute payment and Martindale has openly said they'll have a "top four budget" (whether that budget survives their impending court cases is another matter). Hamilton again have a private owner willing to subsidise losses. None of us are ever going to know exact figures of budgets at each club, but there's a point where you can take all the information in the public domain and make realistic educated guesses, and doing so allows you to see that the only possible candidates for having a smaller budget are Airdrie and at a significant push Hamilton, with any other conclusion being delusion. It's been stated publicly by Falkirk that they're going to budget 400K losses in perpetuity as long as they're outside the top flight despite being partly fan owned and having an average attendance over 4K. It's also been stated publicly by board members of The Jags Foundation (Partick's MCT equivalent) that despite reducing their budget from 22/23, they still budgeted a six-figure loss this season, despite being fan owned and having an average attendance of 3.5K. Every other club has a private owner who are, for however long, willing to support six figure losses. Dunfermline are another club with more than double our average attendance, whose owners supported a seven figure loss in 22/23 to get out of League One. Raith have had a huge influx of 'conservatory' money from the same 'businesspeople' who bankrolled Kelty to League One before deciding they'd reached their ceiling, and that was reflected in their recruitment last summer with the winning team on the park then seeing their attendances surge. Then you come to the clubs whose attendances are around the same level or smaller than ours. Livingston as mentioned have the parachute payment, and are clearly outspending us for players as proven by Muirhead going there. Ayr's private owner is wiling to plough money in and they're clearly outspending us for players as proven by Oakley going there, with journalists willing to state as fact that their offer was a 50% increase on ours. They have been outspending us for several years as per McAdams, McGinty, Fjortoft and Salkeld making that move as well. That their private owner actually has a modicum of sense unlike the Raes and is also spending on infrastructure around the stadium that could generate revenue is to his credit and could see them move ahead of us in commercial income in future, but it's clear that they were already comfortably outspending us on the first team budget regardless. Queen's Park are rolling in Lord Haughey's money and have been spending astronomical sums since they were in League Two. Even before our move to fan ownership, Bob McHugh and Peter Grant left us to drop two divisions to them because they got enough of a wage increase to make it worth their while. In the time since their budget has only grown, with them regularly beating other Championship clubs to players who are being chased by half the division like Paton and Savoury. Hamilton were taken over last summer and have spent to get out of League One, there's little reason to doubt they'll continue to do so but we at least don't have the same obvious evidence of their budget dwarfing ours that we have with everyone else. That only leaves Airdrie, which considering they were 4th and we were 5th is enough proof that the budget doesn't guarantee a relegation battle, but it's clearly the reality that we're a long way off other clubs financially and we need excellent recruitment to compete. The squads that have delivered two consecutive 5th placed finishes have contained Baird (Ayr reject), Oakley (Inverness reject), Gillespie & Quitongo (Queen's Park rejects), Crawford (Partick reject who was clubless in August), Wilson & Ambrose (Dunfermline rejects). We just need to trust Imrie to find bargains of that calibre again among players not wanted by other Championship clubs rather than the Steven Boyd level of reject.
    10 points
  3. Given we offered better deals to those 'best players' then there's no reason to suggest that we won't. Not that it'll be guaranteed or easy to do, but that's the job of Imrie and the board every single summer. if we were in the same tentative financial position as 12 months ago and losing these players then the knicker-wetting hysteria would be justified. We aren't though and so it's not.
    8 points
  4. https://x.com/partickthistle/status/1793688541345542396?s=46&t=mPi-CBP2m1lKxRNMQCkJuA That’s Crawford signed for Partick, then. Pre-contract, which I assume means he’s contracted until the end of May or June. If that’s the case, get him painting the crush barriers in the Cowshed and deep cleaning the bogs until it expires.
    7 points
  5. Footballers are on fixed contracts who have an established mechanism to bargain for their wages called free agency. Binmen and indeed any other permanent employees do not. So yes, quite a critical difference there.
    6 points
  6. Livi have had a similar clearout to us, Airdrie have had their promotion bounce, Hamilton are unlikely to be brilliant, Ayr are Ayr, Queens Park appear locked in a permashambles behind the scenes. Partick and Raith will likely lose players to the bottom 6. We've still got about 10 players to sign and its only May. The players we've lost weren't irreplaceable superstars at this level, and I include Strapp and Oakley in that.
    6 points
  7. Shimmin’s probably the one whose behaviour was closest to Bachirou’s if the rumours were to be believed. Nowhere to be seen because of mysterious injuries before declaring himself fit and raring to go as we were pulled out the hat with Celtic in the Scottish Cup. That said, nobody’s looking back too fondly on the “part time ‘baller, full time rocker’s” Morton career or in any mood to welcome him back with open arms, so his legacy with the majority of the support is very much in line with Bachirou’s is with the more learned among us.
    5 points
  8. He was under contract. It was his fucking job to play for us.
    5 points
  9. Fantastic news regarding Blues. Compliments Wilson well in midfield, barely misses a game and covers multiple positions. Thankfully those who seem unwilling to appreciate how much he’s improved in his years with us appear to be in an ever decreasing minority.
    5 points
  10. True. He'll have no means of communication while he's away.
    5 points
  11. Raith Rovers humiliate themselves and the Scottish Championship in general by getting scudded 4-0 in the second leg of the promotion play-off, slumping to a tennis score defeat over the two legs. The most terrible and wee-est of shames.
    4 points
  12. The Challenge Cup format always pisses me off. I’ve never been as fussed about the trips to Ireland or Wales as others, possibly because they tend to coincide with internationals, though I understand how many folk do and sympathise with them missing out, and the B Teams’ inclusion was of course expected, but disgraceful nevertheless. It can’t go without comment, as by doing so, we head towards the stage of acceptance, which we should never reach. But if we’re going with this format, the inclusion of Albion Rovers, Cowdenbeath, Berwick and East Stirling, instead of Cumbernauld Colts, Tranent, Civil Service Strollers and Linlithgow Rose, all of whom finished higher in the Lowland League is scandalous. The tournament criteria being based on historical status rather than footballing merit stinks to the high heavens and this policy should be binned immediately. I suspect the FAW and IFA have probably had enough of the competition impinging on their domestic calendars, which wouldn’t normally be terribly affected by international breaks, but if we’re going down the route of organising the tournament properly, either a 32 team straight knock out, with the 30 SPFL clubs, Buckie and EK, or a 64 team straight knock out which would conveniently fit in the 18 Highland League and 16 of the 18 Lowland League clubs. Just bin Celtic B and Hearts B and you’ve got a smashing competition, which I doubt would lose much in prestige given how little coverage even the Rangers and Celtic B teams get in the competition. Everyone’s a winner, but those suggestions would be far too straightforward.
    3 points
  13. For me the thing is that I've never seen any evidence of the allegations against Fred, or heard anyone at the club at the time say anything bad about him. I don't even know the particularities. So why should I call him names or criticise him based on the hearsay of others. The facts that I know are he left, we got some decent money out of it, and we went on to win promotion that season. From the position of the knowledge I have, I'm not sure what I have to complain about.
    3 points
  14. 3 points
  15. Bachirou can get himself to fuck.
    3 points
  16. Blues confirmed for 2 years. https://x.com/Morton_FC/status/1793945198084391389
    3 points
  17. Any well wishes are now gone. Horrible club
    3 points
  18. Brian Graham skies a gilt edged chance for a last minute winner for Partick. His side go on to lose the tie on penalties.
    3 points
  19. Ridiculous to demonise an entire profession on the basis of a few perceived situations that were almost certainly done on instructions from above. These people were risking their lives dealing with a virus that, at least in the early days, was an unknown quantity with no known cure - all they could do was try to treat the symptoms and the effects of the virus. I was told by the doctor in the ICU ward that I was in that they had no information to inform them of what to do, so it was really trial and error. At the time, PPE was in short supply and staff were taking huge risks to help their patients, and isolation was one of the ways of trying to reduce the spead. maybe your experience is based on the uSA which seems to be a fairly vicious society where life is cheap if you're not hugely wealthy, but certainly in Scotland, the nursing profession worked like trojans to help their patients, with some of the staff dying themselves from infections caught in the course of their work. Your take on this is frankly ludicrous. Maybe aim your ire at your eponymous presidential pal Donald who didn't exactly cover himself in glory with his rantings during the pandemic.
    2 points
  20. Was it the nurses themselves who unilaterally decided to stop folk from seeing their dying relatives, or were they instructed to do so by their hospital management and/or health authorities? If it's the latter, should they not be the target of your hatred? And I would suspect the incident where a nurse allegedly called the cops when an unconscious person's mask fell off was specific to that one nurse, and not the whole profession?
    2 points
  21. Yes, in the dubious merits that they were relegated two seasons prior. All of these spots should go to the highest-ranked team licensed for the tournament in question. B teams shouldn't be in national cups at all.
    2 points
  22. That's a fair amount of allegations being thrown about.
    2 points
  23. Leaving aside your dredging up of claims that you clearly have no actual insight into - in what way did Williams, Chris Millar and, in particular, Peter Weatherson "didn't provided [sic] the club with much else" as you state? All played key roles in achieving at least one league title for the club, and Weatherson is the club's 4th highest goal scorer AFAIK. By contrast, what great feat did Bachirou accomplish exactly? Other than the world's worst holding midfield performance when shipping ten fucking goals to Hamilton, and a pathetic commemoration day to the wrong country.
    2 points
  24. Yes, I’d say there is. Bachirou signed a new contract less than a year before going on strike, after the victory over Celtic. His working conditions and treatment from all at Cappielow weren’t poor. In all the years I’ve followed Morton, I’ve never known a player treated with such warmth and affection. Without going into the facts/conjecture debate that was on the other thread yesterday, he certainly wasn’t one of the poorest paid players at the club. I find it difficult to compare the situation of Bachirou with workers on ongoing contracts that are looking for improved pay and conditions in a changing world.
    2 points
  25. You only need to look at some of the squads in our division to know the differences in budgets. Raith had players like Jack Hamilton, Josh Mullin and Zak Rudden sitting on the bench for their playoff matches against Partick. A team with pretty much the same average attendance as us the previous season. They have been able to speculate on increasing income, and have had a great season and really big travelling supports from Dunfermline and Dundee Utd to back that up. Ayr have been in somewhat of a similar position, and are obviously looking to drive that forward. Queens Park are doing...whatever it is they're trying to do. We're in a different position. We cannot afford losses, and have suffered from years of a lack of investment off the pitch. It's a difficult position, but the disadvantage is probably as much or more about squad depth than anything else. It's not massive money which makes the task simple - they're still picking from a similar pool of players.
    2 points
  26. So you thought you'd initiate some decent chat by declaring in your 1st post that you think the forum users are annoying twats?
    2 points
  27. I think we need to be realistic. We do have one of the lowest budgets in the league. Dougie has worked wonders in his time here with the resources at his disposal and I trust that he will do so again. Of the players that's left I wouldn't be surprised if Muirhead knew for a while that he was leaving. Largely down to his relationship with sections of the fanbase. Oakley and Crawford are the 2 I'd have loved to have kept but have chosen to move on for more money which is fair enough. The only other one I'm really keen to keep is strapp but looks like he's off as well. We need to remember what Dougie has done in previous transfer windows and how he's brought players in who were out of form, struggling etc and got a tune out of them. We are still in May and we have plenty of time to get players in. No doubt there will be decisions that raa few eyebrows which happens at every club but I'm happy to wait and see how it all pans out. disclaimer....If we are in a similar position come the start of the league Cup then I'll delete this post and ignore all knowledge of it lol
    2 points
  28. Just accept the budgets pish then n let it fkn go.
    2 points
  29. Hearsay and conjecture is not reality. Facts and evidence are reality.
    2 points
  30. I'm looking for facts not hearsay and conjecture. Who knows the individual budgets of every club in the league, and reported that ours is the lowest? If you can't provide that basic fucking information, then your 'commonly known and reported' assessment can be filed straight on the bin.
    2 points
  31. Reading Oakley’s comments upon signing for Ayr, compared with his comments in the tele very recently about Morton, I can only come to the conclusion that the guy is a grade A bullshitter. Folk panicking about losing someone like Oakley would do well to remember how low his stock was when we picked him up, Inverness fans were literally laughing at us. He hasn’t displayed the form he did with us at any other point in his career, and a return to the norm for him would represent an extremely poor return on Ayr’s significant investment. Here’s hoping.
    2 points
  32. None of this good will pish for Oakley. He's spouted for months about how he loves the club and he needed us not the other way around - turned his career around - and he fucks off at the first chance, for a league rival no less. Hopefully leave a few on him next season, along with Crawford and Muirhead. Only right as we are "big bad Morton".
    2 points
  33. Aye, we got Ayr to line up their announcement with ours as part of a big cover up.
    2 points
  34. Literally posting that at the exact same time Ayr announced Oakley. Pathetic. Question is - did they genuinely think the Broadfoot news would soften the Oakley news or were they trying to bury bad news under bad news. You decide.
    2 points
  35. Really pleased that Blues had signed a 2 year deal. He's reliable in a number of roles and compliments other players well. He needs good players around him, he's not a game changer, but we absolutely need players like him in the squad.
    2 points
  36. This. Small details i know, but it really sets the tone. So far (and at the risk of sounding incredibly negative and getting caught up in the usual closed season madness) we had: Best players leaving, or about to leave; No word on the players offered deals and, even then, they're not exactly inspiring; Strapp allegedly offered reduced terms, which is fucking madness, but i believe it was Dougie who didn't want him last season so it doesn't come as a massive surprise but we're not in a position to be wasting players like Strapp; A mixed message telegraph article with Dale, which is contradictory if we're going to sign who i was told we will; Linked with uninspiring signings, albeit its far to soon to really judge that, so keen not to let it get out of control; A pish set of pre-season friendlies, all of which we could end up drawing in the cup groups. We want to shift season tickets and new strips (which is a belter), but we're not working at our optimum IMO to gather positive traction. Yes, the fans might be generating the negative narrative and i'm aware the above is just that, but the club have a chance to start fresh and really build something especially with a believed increased budget. I hate to reference Raith Rovers, but they managed 90% of their positivity through good engagement and luckily a winning team.
    2 points
  37. Welcome to the club Lamar. Hopefully a positive move for all concerned.
    1 point
  38. Interesting no idea what he is like but will take that all day long. Dougie clearly casting the net far and wide you love to see it happy to give guys like this a chance and see how it goes. Away to the shop to get some red stripe.
    1 point
  39. Lamar Reynolds. Jamaican flags at the ready. Nope, me neither. https://x.com/Morton_FC/status/1795123048317600209 (No idea why embedding tweets has stopped working).
    1 point
  40. A further aside to the ongoing budget discussion. Harry Enfield is/was Lily Allen's stepfather. Harry Enfield:
    1 point
  41. I think you're getting mixed up, I'm not claiming anything as fact without evidence. I'm doing exactly the opposite. Dougie made a statement that we had the lowest budget in the league, without any evidence to support it. Unless you believe all managers in the league disclose to each other in the summer what their budget is, there's no way Dougie could know that for sure. I can understand why Dougie might have claimed it because for several obvious reasons that narrative suits him, but it still doesn't necessarily mean it's true.
    1 point
  42. The mere fact that you've conceded that information is private has blown out the water your statement of fact that we had/have the lowest budget in the league.
    1 point
  43. 'It's widely reported' means fuck all without actual facts. Widely reported by whom, and where do they get the evidence to support it?
    1 point
  44. How do you know this as a fact? Do all clubs announce their player budgets? If so, where can we find this? If not, your 'facts' are nothing more than hearsay and assumption. I'm comfortable in accepting our player budget is very likely lower than most in the league, but I've yet to see any actual evidence that it's the lowest.
    1 point
  45. Am glad that the days of endless pre-season friendlies and testimonials against Rangers are long gone.
    1 point
  46. 1 point
  47. Let’s be honest, if we are serious about pushing into the top 4 next season then those 3 shouldn’t be in the starting 11.
    1 point
  48. The Record reporting that Gillespie, Blues and Broadfoot will be signing new contracts.
    1 point
  49. I know you said unlikely but Anderson strongly linked with several top flight moves. Carson was a player I've always quite liked. I believe Bradley was let go of Hibs due to his attitude so it's the type of player I could imagine Imrie getting a tune from.
    1 point
  50. Good to see Wales getting knocked out. I fucking hate Wales.
    1 point
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