• The Post Warburton Era - Alive and Kicking

    I don't think many of us were expecting Warburton and Weir to follow McParland out the Ibrox door - at least not quite as hastily as they did and certainly not while we were still competing for silverware.

    With the league all but gone, we were left with Graeme Murty in charge to keep our hopes of that trophy this season alive and dutifully we dispatched Morton 2-1.

    2-1 seemed a popular scoreline in February but two defeats by the odd goal followed at Dundee and Inverness, calls for appointments to be made quickly grew, in the hope that a full time manager would stop the rot.

    But Murty managed to get us back on track. Even in those defeats there were signs of a turnaround in the attitude and work ethic of the players, if not a transformation.

    Good wins against St. Johnstone and Hamilton followed and his time in charge was capped off with a good point against the champions elect away. The late Clint Hill effort will have dealt them a blow they weren't expecting and demonstrates that we can live with them. If they underestimate us, it is at their own peril.

    At the time of writing we are five matches in to Pedro Caixinha's reign and it would seem there is an air of cautious optimism around Ibrox. One goal shipped in those games, with 11 points from a possible 15 is not that bad in the context of an otherwise dismal season. A whopper of an away win at the sheep dip (our first to a rival club in years - literally) has undoubtedly been the highlight of 2017.

    That, and the emergence of Myles Beerman who looks assured at left back and more than capable of replacing Wallace in the longer term - another sign that Caixinha might just be able to deliver the value that Warburton spoke of.

    Without reading too much into team selections and some uninspired performances from certain members of the squad, perhaps some of the players do not envisage their future at the club and I don't think we'd lose too much sleep over the loss of any of the current crop especially if the finances are right.

    We will in all likelihood lose out on Hyndman and Toral for next season but Caixinha will at least know that we can attract players in this bracket from EPL clubs (Zelalem, Ball and Vuckic have all done well in recent times), so we can hold hope for intelligent use of the loan market in England or other top leagues.

    If Hill and Miller do not renew that will free up some funds for new players and Caixinha will, no doubt, have some in mind that will improve the squad and first team.

    While we can look forward to next sesaon, we also have the small matter of a cup semi final and a golden opportunity to build on the result at the piggery and draw a line in the sand which the so-called 'invincibles' will not cross. Cult hero status awaits anyone who can inflict a mortal wound on their (so far) perfect season, and a place in the history books awaits Caixinha if he can deliver silverware.

    Even if we don't, we are alive and kicking and Scottish football knows it.
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