So there we have it.
If ever there was a clearer illustration last night of the gulf between the SFL 3rd division and the SPL that was it. Caley Thistle was a class above Sevco and showed a maturity on the ball that was lacking from the Ibrox side. That maturity was there because quite simply the SPL is a better league playing a higher standard of football.
It beggars belief that our informed media actually seriously considered Sally’s army would prevail. Quite frankly they are not a good side and as we have witnessed before this season anyone can shake their tree.
I wonder how Stuart McCall is feeling this morning as he sees another former blue steer his team past such lowly opposition? Big Tel’s team went about their task in a focussed, confident and professional manner. Unlike Motherwell, Caley had belief in themselves and were prepared. McCoist did say in a pre-match press conference that ICT would have had his team watched and would be better prepared. Did Ally give Inverness the same respect? Apparently not judging by his team’s performance and their pernicious attitude on the park as they were outplayed.
Much was made pre-match of the strength of the Ibrox side’s credentials, an SPL outfit operating in the 3rd vision having already comfortably dismissed Motherwell. After all Sevco were on their way back up, they finally had “worked out how to play in that league” [McCoist’s words] and how such nights like this were reminiscent of those great European nights.
But all to no avail…they were pants!
The question is how long can Wee Ally hold on to his job? As we all know Chuckles has a track record of changing his mind and reinventing history so even ‘the untouchable one’ is not safe…a bit like the club itself. The blogs are alive with speculation that Green’s courting of Walter Smith is a move to ease McCoist out or perhaps mentor him such as we saw when Middlesboro brought in El Tel over Bryan Robson and we all saw what happened to Robbo. That would make sound thinking except Walter’s a spender and with the transfer embargo that just wont happen plus he wouldn’t come cheap. So that’s a no goer.
That leaves the question of Terry Butcher. A manager who knows how to operate on a tight budget and has a track record of growing young talent and melding them with experienced journeymen. For me he is the obvious candidate for the job and even though he captained the old Rangers and was as passionate a competitor as any, he isn’t stained with the culture of sectarianism. He is a balanced and measured man and would be the breath of fresh air this sorry situation needs.
So move over Ally, Terry is coming.