I have been away in the Orkney Islands for a few days and have come back to find Charlton named as second favourites for relegation: Relegation
Is there any sound basis for this? I would have been more worried if Cousins and Gudmundsson, both targets for other clubs, had gone. Having said that, I have less of a sense of how the season might go than for a long time. However, I do think that a mid-table position is more likely than either promotion or relegation.
Like all such games, the 2-2 draw at Bolton in the pre-season friendly doesn't tell us much one way or the other.
Some fans are concerned about the lack of Championship experience of the new signings. I think that the distinctiveness of the Championship is sometimes overstated. The game is still played with a spherical ball, there are eleven players, the goals are the same size, as is the pitch (more or less) and the referees are just as inconsistent. Probably a more practical concern is how long it will take the new players to gell.
The football season in the Orkneys is coming to a close with the final of the Parishes Cup soon to be held, Stromness having won through for the first time in many years.
I think that I have a bit of a trek to The Valley, but I noticed an advert in the Orcadian for the Rangers supporters club, referring to the 'usual travel arrangements'. Asking what these might be, I was told that it involved an often storm tossed boat to Aberdeen and then a coach to Glasgow.
Meanwhile, I await the arrival of my season ticket card, accompanied, I am told, by an effusive message from Katrien. Let's hope it works in the turnstiles.