the tanner ba'

Odds & Ends: Highland Edition


  • Multiple reports are saying that Ross County manager Jim McIntyre is a favorite to take the helm at Dundee United F.C. (where he spent the bulk of his career as a player) following the dismissal of Jackie McNamara.  All of those reports also state that McIntyre says he is perfectly happy at Ross County and has no interest in the position at Tannadice.  The club sold off the majority of their talent in the close season and it should come as no shock that they are currently in the relegation zone.  The vacancy should not be attractive to anyone save a manager who wants a shot at running a Premiership side.  So why am I still nervous?
  • The saving grace in this may be that Dundee United are still- for reasons I don’t quite understand- in “cost-cutting” mode and have made it clear that they are not will to pay a fee to get their new manager.  I have no doubt that if they were to come for McIntyre (and assistant Billy Dodds, also a former Tangerine) County Chairman Roy McGregor would insist on financial compensation.  So, maybe not worried about all of this, just a little annoyed!
  • The quarter-final draw of the League Cup has been made and Ross County will face neighbors- and bitter rivals- Inverness Caledonian Thistle F.C. at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium at the end of October. This unexpected renewal of the Highland Derby takes on added significance when one realizes that Celtic and Hearts will also be battling each other in the quarter finals, meaning one of those sides will not progress to the semi-finals.  In short, a win against Caley could leave the door wide open for County to win the cup.
  • Gordon Strachan has named his squad to face Poland and Gibraltar in EURO 2016 qualifying and it will include uncapped players Graeme Shinnie and Kevin McDonald.  Kinda doesn’t matter though, does it?
  • I’ve been keeping an eye on the progress of Albion Rovers F.C. ever since I went to see them play in March and I have to say that I’m impressed.  They were promoted to League one at the end of the season and while they currently sit in fifth place, they are only out of third place on goal differential.  What a coup it would be for them to be part of the promotion playoffs at the end of the season, and if they’re in the mix, well, anything can happen!
  • Am I the only one wondering if Didier Drogba’s white-hot start with the Montreal Impact says more about how much he still has in the tank as a player or how far MLS still needs to grow as a league.  I’m tempted to say it’s the former.
  • A string of injuries have limited turncoat Giuseppe Rossi to only 32 matches since the end of the 2010-2011 season.  It’s called “karma,” son.

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