Welcome Gaffer. Two comfortable wins at the weekend saw us safely through to the Evolution Cup knock-out phase. However, our injury curse struck again.
"Aye, Big Amo's injury was about the only negative from the weekend. Other than that I was pleased with the two results which, as you said, saw us safely through with a game to play."
That's our fifth injury from our first seven games, Gaffer. Are you sure there isn't something amiss with your training regimes? Do you think you're pushing the lads too hard?
"No, I always maximise our training opportunities at the beginning of a season, just like many other clubs, so I don't think it's that. We've just been unlucky, that's all. The most difficult thing from my perspective was their adverse effect on my EL management plans."
But a similar thing happened last season, Gaffer. Something must be taking a toll on the players' physical fitness.
"As I said, I'm happy with our training routines. It's just bad luck, which will hopefully change soon."
I hope you're right, Gaffer. Things are looking better on the penalty front after the weekend's games. We were awarded another one and Shota actually scored this time!
"Aye, I was holding my breath when he began his run up. I think the whole stadium breathed a collective sigh of relief when the ball hit the net."
Yes indeed, Gaffer. Well, we're now even with our opponents at two penalties awarded and one scored. Maybe this will actually be the season when we better our opponents.
"Aye, that would be nice, but I'm not holding my breath on that one."
We finish our qualifying campaign with a game against Elana, then it's back to league duty with a couple of home games.
"Aye, it will be nice to play at Ibrox once again. It seems a long time since that happened!"
Too true Gaffer, Best of luck in this weekend's games.
Till next time................Welcome the lads back home on Saturday, Bears!