Failing to take all three points at home to Dumbarton on Saturday has again reinforced just where we are as a club at the moment.
The lack of consistency in the results from the beginning of the campaign cannot be papered over and as much as it pains me to say it, we are simply not good enough to earn promotion back to Scottish football’s top tier.
Despite a 2-1 win over Livingston on the opening day of the season, our home form has been patchy to say the least and that is now being reflected in the attendances as just under 8000 took in the weekend’s match.
Systems can only take you so far, but individual flair is needed to break defences down against opposition who are quite able to simply put up the shutters. These types of players just aren’t available to the manager with the current crop we have in the squad.
It was always going to be difficult for Alan Stubbs with such a limited budget. The pressure is beginning to mount with every passing week, not necessarily on the manger himself, but the 11 points we have accumulated so far this term is simply not good enough. I don’t doubt the commitment of the players but the quality we need to get us out of this league doesn’t seem to be forthcoming.
I have to be honest, but with only two months into the campaign, it is going to take a significant collapse from Hearts, and to an extent Rangers, for us to get ourselves back into the automatic promotion challenge. We must not forget that we are only four points above the relegation play-off spot, which is a real concern.
We are in a perilous position – there’s no hiding from that fact. Another year in the Championship would represent a real low point in the club’s history. The uncertainty is now starting to become more vocal from the stands and this will only get progressively worse as the season goes on if our fortunes don’t change.
It doesn’t get any easier though as we now face local rivals Livingston and Hearts in the next two weeks. Six points must be the aim if we are to look up the table rather than over our shoulder.