A Test of Nerve
By Cub Reporter
Updated Monday, 19th May 2008
We can't break the bank but this is the time to take a calculated gamble. We've bought quality this season in Hughes, Malcolm, Porter, Lappin and Hammell. The trade off is that we carry a small squad but 15 good players are more likely to succeed than 20 average ones and so it proved this year.
The risk of course is we have an injury run like
Time to splash the cash
Given we are so rarely in this position, and it could be years and years until we are again, we should do what it takes to keep McGhee for one more season and back him properly in the player market. If we get our (or John Boyle's!) money back through
Having spent year after year in mid-table obscurity with little hope of achieving anything, it seems a shame not to grab the chance when it has finally arrived. Would we not trade a few years of finishing 10th and 11th in exchange for a real charge at the UEFA group stage and the Scottish Cup next season? It seems a fair deal given that in all likelihood we might be back around 7th-8th if we just try to maintain our position rather than push further forward.
The last time we were at this crossroads was in 1994. Then the board, probably rightly, decided that Tommy McLean's wage demands could not be met and though we did well under our first season with Alex McLeish things fell apart soon after. It has taken us fourteen years to return to the same level and now we need to keep our nerve and be bold. This could be our moment but we cannot be passive - if we hesitate who knows how long we'll have to wait for the next opportunity for glory.