Date: 30th March 2011 at 3:31pm
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This week, unfortunately was much like last week for the loan players of Celtic: in that it was not a happy 7 days in general for the majority.

This week, unfortunately was much like last week for the loan players of Celtic: in that it was not a happy 7 days in general for the majority. Disappointments included: Josh Thompson, Morten Rasmussen and Jos Hooiveld. However, it would seem Celtic have lost all hope for them by now.

“On 46 minutes he burst down the line, beat the left back with great skill and ease, before supplying Gardyne with an unmissable chance”

Other than those 3, all other loaned professionals got lengthy spells of time on the pitch. There are 2 players who I haven’t mentioned that didn’t play. They are Richie Towell and Paul McGowan. This is because Richie’s loan club Hibernian did not have any games scheduled again this week. Equally, Paul McGowan’s St.Mirren, had no game in place this previous week.

First of the players to be have their progress updated is Darren O’Dea. Darren was handed his 1st ever competitive cap for the Republic of Ireland, in a vital European Championship qualifier vs Macedonia. He played at centre back alongside the older and more experienced head of Richard Dunne. He rose well in the aerial challenge and put in a steady shift. The end result was a 2-1 victory to Ireland and O’Dea looked better than his fellow men in defence, which is testament to him playing at the highest level in a crucial match. And it should stand his near future in good stead.

Next, I will focus on Ben Hutchinson. Benjamin did not win back his place in the first 11. Instead he had to watch his Lincoln outfit take on Stevenage from the bench for 70 minutes. He then was given an introduction to the game, in that 70th minute with Stevenage leading 2-1. There is very little to inform you on as Ben didn’t even produce a shot on goal and was rather like a dog chasing a ball round the park. He got few touches and looked poor.

My 3rd and final update is on young Jason Marr. Jason has had 2 outings in a role he hasn’t before experienced in his time with Ross County. His first of the 2 games was away at table toppers Raith Rovers. Marr was chosen to play at right back. He adjusted to this position with few complexions. Jason appeared to enjoy the position, going on the odd overlapping run and forward break. As well as showing some good link up play with his midfielders. He was rarely tested defensively, although he was on 1 occasion, when his man whipped in an inviting curling cross which was begging to be put away – and to the horror of Jason, the Rovers forward duly obliged the invite to nod home. Despite this 1 moment, where Marr did track his man but stood off too much – thus enabling the cross to be played in, Jason looked accomplished in the full back responsibility and did well for the most part.

His 2nd game was a home clash with Morton. This proved to be far more successful for Jason as he was cracking throughout and he provided his team-mate Gardyne a tap in with a well worked assist. He was up and down the wing like a yoyo. On 46 minutes he burst down the line, beat the left back with great skill and ease, before supplying Gardyne with an unmissable chance via a great cross. Gardyne fired home. Both before and after this moment, Jason had done well attacking wise. He was rarely tested defensively. His game was cut short when he was subbed on 69 minutes by manager Jimmy Calderwood.

Written by afcbliamk

* More expanded details of each players progress and their season’s statistics can be found under the thread with their name on in Liam’s Loan Reports section.

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