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Arthur's Column // 7th February 2023

The performance against Hearts last midweek in the 3-0 win was entertaining and smooth, probably the best under Michael since he took over.

Saturday's three points against Ross County was less fluent and more nervy. But we got there in the end. Ultimately, that's all that matters.

We remain within touching distance of Celtic and ready to pounce if they drop any points. We just need to keep hanging in there.

This Sunday we play at home to Partick Thistle in the Scottish Cup.

It's important we win this game to get into the quarter-finals, and to keep the unbeaten run going.

It will also keep the momentum going and that's what we want in this crucial month of February when the first piece of silverware is up for grabs.

We play Celtic in the League Cup Final on the 26th and we are all desperate to get the first trophy available this season in the cabinet.

Michael may well look to make a few changes for the game against Thistle, but I'd like to see him go with the same goalkeeper for the rest of this month.

After this weekend, we have one game - away to Livingston - before the Final.

The manager has rotated the keepers and started with Jon McLaughlin against County in the 2-1 win. But I'd go with Allan McGregor for the next few games. My view is that Allan is the no.1 at the club. Jon McLaughlin is also a good goalkeeper but Allan is the main man.

Over a number of years, he has made many, many brilliant saves in crucial games.

When you think back to some of the big European nights and Old Firm derbies, Allan has defied belief with the way he has played.

My view is that he still has plenty left in the tank and will help the team to win important games.

What happens beyond this season has not been made public yet. Will Allan sign a new deal or will he hang up his gloves?

Personally, I hope he goes on for another year but we will wait and see.

It could well be that the manager will be looking to sign a new no.1 in the summer. Allan's will be massive gloves to fill.

That will be dealt with in good time, I'm sure.

The here and now is what matters most and we need to be prepared as best we can for the Final against Celtic. Allan can help us lift the League Cup.



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