Thursday, 20 December 2018

A big problem for Gerrard with a £15M solution?

 Article by: Greg

It is becoming boring to constantly rue a missed chance to put some sort of pressure on our rivals from the east end in terms of a potential title race.

The vast majority of Celtic fans will admit that their own team have been very poor this season, yet despite there being a feel good factor around the work Gerrard is doing, we still lie a point behind them in the table having played an extra game – we are only a point ahead of Killie who have had pennies to spend.

A lot of Rangers fans will tell you that with a bit of luck, we would be a few points ahead of Celtic. We deserved to win last night and against Dundee last week, so that is 4 extra points we should have on the board. The fact is, though, that we didn’t win; and Celtic themselves can point to equally bad results and say that they should have done better.

Results are results and they cannot be undone so we need to stop looking back and talking about ifs and buts. It is time for us to actually put a title challenge to Celtic. The very fact that they are only 1 point ahead is highly frustrating, but it does mean that we can stay on their heels and overtake them by winning the old-firm derby on the 29th.

The January transfer window is going to be massive for us. There are a couple of positions which undoubtedly need strengthening. Both a prolific goal scorer and an attacking midfielder who can link the attacks and offer sparks of creativity when the going gets tough are vital.

Of course, it goes without saying that getting 2 players to fit these moulds in January will be both tough and expensive. However, if other sources are to be believed (and the maths does seem reasonable), then our Europa League campaign has brought in approximately £15m of additional revenue. Whilst it would be unreasonable to spend anything close to this figure, it does mean that Gerrard will have some sort of kitty to dip into in January (we hope), assuming he can offload the necessary deadwood from the wage bill.

If the necessary improvements are made then there really is no reason that we cannot mount a title challenge this season, given the poor performance of Celtic so far this season. They themselves are of course capable of strengthening in January too, which would provide issues of course; but that is a different story.

To date, Gerrard’s work has been fairly impressive given his lack of experience. He has made a few very good signings, and the mentality of the squad as a whole is slightly better than what is was under his predecessors. However, there is still plenty of more work to be done. With the correct backing and time to build a better squad, Gerrard may just deliver the goods.

We will see. On to St Johnstone next. A tricky game, but one in which we cannot afford to drop points!

7 comments:

  1. Every game is tricky just now, because we cannot finish teams off.Another problem is midfield or what-ever it is called these days are also not weighing in with the goals. We don't have two forwards playing of each other, but that goes down to how the team is set up ,and that is not a criticism of our manager,more the lack of a natural goal scorer,not ease most teams would love that kind of player,sure there has been players names banned about but as we have seen in the past they don't always work out at a bigger club or when they move up a league, hopefully one of our younger players can make the break through if given the chance.

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  2. Sorry Ibrox Noise but can you break down the £15 million. By my calculations we have earned £3.87m from the group stage. We got about £1m from for getting to the group's. Gate money from the group games is around the £5m mark. So if we are lucky it adds up to 10 million.
    Correct me if am wrong

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  3. 7 home games with 50,000 fans at average £25 a ticket is more like £8.75m. Add to that TV money, advertising, catering, programmes, extra merchandising, hospitality, prize (points) money and qualification money. Easily £12-15m in my book.

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    1. What merchandising?, Is that the retail stuff fat Mike keeps taking us to court for and winning every time.
      You also have to take away how much we have to pay for the club to travel to the away games. Teams lose money in the qualifiers if they have to travel to far ask aberdeAb and at.johnston.
      What my point was , that we would be luck to make £10 million from euro competition.
      Of that £10 million I can't see Stevie G getting a large chunk of it when he said last week that he only got to spend between £4.5m & £5.5m in the summer

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  4. That game last night wis screaming fir big laff tae smash some of they chances intae the pokey, that's the problem for buffalo when he's running the line,he can't chase and harrie defenders and get himself on the end of things at the same time. seen it against celik, where he becomes isolated and frusrtated as the baw jist keeps coming back at us.

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  5. Anybody forgot we're 14.3 million, in debt??

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  6. We WERE £14m in debt for the financial year ending June 2018. We have since picked up a substantial financial windfall from our European run.

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