Ange has fielded an odd looking team tonight. If I’m reading it correctly we’re playing Abada through the middle with Juranovic wide right and Montgomery on the left. The midfield three will be Turnbull, McGregor and Bitton. We are playing Scales at left back.
Ange deserves the utmost credit for making some kind of team out of this mish-mash he’s dealing with at the moment. I had a feeling we’d see Juranovic wide right; he’s played that role for us already once this season and it seemed an obvious move.
Rogic is on the bench, doubtless to keep him as far from harm as possible prior to the weekend. Also on the bench – and it’s nice to see this – is young Owen Moffat. This could be the night that the kid gets his big chance to impress in the team.
This isn’t an ideal selection. It was never going to be with what we’re up against. But we should have enough about us tonight to get three points. The team is unusual, but this is what’s been forced on Ange by an injury crisis that gets worse ever week.
What were the odds that after losing two strikers in one game that we’d lose Forrest and then Mikey Johnston in the next? You couldn’t make that up. It’s the worst luck I’ve ever seen.
From this moment on all talk of what’s caused this crisis can be set aside. The situation is real. We’re now dealing with it. The cup final is half a week away, the focus is on tonight and winning three crucial points. I think we will do it, but it’s going to be rough.
That is not the team we would have expected to see at this stage when December began. If we walk away with three points tonight, full credit to all involved.