This Could be Our Year

Last updated : 03 April 2003 By Firparkcorner

Firstly, despite being in administration and having a skeleton squad, we are not relegated. Remember the summer months when everyone said they’d settle for losing every game as long as we still had a club to support? Well the club has survived so far and looks like a safe bet to make it out of admin. That was the main goal for this season and as an added bonus, SPL survival is also on the cards.

Team spirit is crucial
We are only a point away from safety at the time of writing and had that been offered to us in July, we would have grabbed it. What is even better is that two of our main rivals at the bottom, Thistle and Dundee United, have two tough games coming up before the split. Thistle might sneak a draw at home to Hearts but they’ll lose to Rangers. United will probably lose to both Hearts and Rangers, meaning that one point from our three remaining games before the split will lift us off the bottom.

A trip to East End Park is not relished these days but they have been poor since the winter break. They will have one eye on their cup replay at Ibrox and Stevie Crawford took a knock playing for Scotland against Lithuania. A point is the least we should be looking for.

Next up are Dundee at Fir Park. They’re a decent team but haven’t managed to beat us yet and they will hate playing at the tatty field that is our pitch. They are out of European contention in the league and we will be well and truly up for this one. Three points is a realistic possibility.

Celtic will probably beat us but that’s what everyone said in September. Another shock is unlikely but you never know…och, we’ll probably lose. However, a point at EEP and a home win against Dundee will probably mean we are three points clear of the bottom place.

Despite our administration torn squad, we have somehow managed to get ourselves in the Scottish Cup semi final. In theory, we have no chance. Rangers are a much better team and closing them down on the large Hampden pitch is a different prospect to giving them a kicking at Fir Park. But they will be more focused on the league and they will no doubt be viewing us as a bye into the final. We have shown already that in the right circumstances we can beat the old firm – could we do it again? Why not…if you can’t be positive in a cup semi, when can you feel confident?

Whatever happens, the next three weeks will be an interesting time for ‘Well fans. Doom and gloom or ecstasy and amazement? Place your bets now.