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  1. McGrath never really offered much goalscoring return last season and Ronan was not known to us or had as successful a stint at his previous clubs via goals than he did with us. Ronan came in as a complete unknown to us and delivered well above our expectations. Not to say any of our new players can deliver as positive an impact.
  2. Interesting. O'Hara's said in an interview that Robbo said he is box to box. If playing 3 in the middle I can see why need high energy box to box. Need Gogic or similar I think. With the players we have options with formations, but if we went 433 I cannot see how Kiltie fits, which would be a shame as he was great in the pocket behind the strikers. I think with the options we have there is the chance to drop to one off the lone striker and play 2 high pressing wide men too.
  3. Apparently Baccus is a box to box with a bit of flair
  4. Wouldnt be surprised to see 3 or 4 more announced in the next couple of weeks.
  5. I seen someone tweet, 'St Mirren are clearly only about self interest'. It's our bloody stadium and our home end. As if we have to give our own fans the two fingers and open the floodgates for them. Unreal man
  6. Thing is, it was never their original allocation. It only got increased the season we were both in the championship, where they were given one of our home stands, when W7 bedded into their area of the west stand. Since then, we have become a fan owned club with a community drive, to get as many locals and fans who have possibly stayed away from these games back in. Not just for these fixtures but increase match days attendances every week. They genuinely don't get the idea that a percentage of our fans stay away from these fixtures due to the allocation given to them and the vile spouted during the game. I'm pretty sure there was a stat last season that read we had more home fans the week after or week before vs Dundee at home(I think). So it is very evident usual punters have distanced themselves from these fixtures. Either protesting with their feet or just not wanting to get caught up in the pre, during match and post match carry on. We get called tinpot for not having as many fans as them and not doing things to their accord, though when you cut them back to their original allocation of the official 'away end', to try drive more of our own fans into the stadium in the 'home end' where there are already season ticket holders you are deemed as scum. So what if there are empty seats, they are our bloody empty seats and we are not funded by both to keep us afloat. As these two clubs have large followings, they will never understand what it's like to give up an allocation of their ground, so it doesn't register with them. Its all about them.
  7. Almost as if we have pulled Robinson into the meeting room and said, by the way Stephen, your budget is now reduced by 2-3 players so we can keep Celtic and Rangers out.
  8. I think of a few of those names that failed to impress, he was unlucky with. To pick a few: Gael Bigirimana - Had a very bright future, which he never lived up to. Ellis Plummer - He was actually decent when he was with us, though ended up retiring through injury. McCormack - This could have worked out really well, though McCormack just never showed up Sammon - Beginning of the fall for the big guy. Always thought he was punching when he moved to England, though done okay. Rolando Aarons - Another similar to Bigirimana, was tipped for a future and hasn't worked out. I remember Adam Campbell when we got him in from Newcastle he was tipped as the next one off the production line and he ended up dropping the leagues. Jake Hastie - Another that should have worked out and never. Can't say much more of the others listed, though a bit of a mixed bag.
  9. I think its evident when the stadium was built, that it would have (if budget allowed) made logical sense to make the away stand much bigger, whether that was filling corners or adding more depth to it. It would have been better using the space where the dome is for a larger stand. It's left us in a position, where the only option to fill the shortfall in potential more income is to offer the additional family stand and temporarily move out our own fans. As a fan owned community club, I don't think this approach reads well at all. Its also not logical to move the away fans into both the main and west stands as an overspill alternative. The northbank have bedded in to their area, including decorated under the west stand for their section and I don't think the logistics work for the home stand either.
  10. That second clip where he schools the boy on they byeline is absolute filth
  11. A few from the 00/01 season Omer Riza - Was rumoured to be signing for us during 00/01 season. Young prospect from West Ham. Ended up with Stephen McPhee from Coventry Daniel Amokachi - High calibre player in his day wiith Everton. Was a free agent at the time Marco Negri - Former Rangers goal machine was rumoured to have been a loan target from whatever Italian side he was playing with at the time Ronaldinho - We all know this one. I actually spoke to Tom hendrie about this and it was very close. Bebeto - He was offered to us by his agent. I think he must have been 36/37 or so at the time. Hendrie dismissed it as he didnt think he would be much of a player at that time if he was being. offered to us lol.
  12. Do we have the budget to bring in someone else on a 'coaching role' whether it be player/coach or just coach? I am not sure what the deal is with Flynn, though I know he is focusing on doing his badges whilst playing. Is there a position at the club for him once he has the required badges too?
  13. I'm sure I read on one of the other forums or social that someone knows Stevie and he would be interested in coming back. Could be a lot of mince, though if he were available and willing to come back, I'd jump at it.
  14. Of that list I'd be looking at us trying to tie some players down on extensions instead of looking at a complete rebuild next summer. For me, Henderson and Grieve should be priorities for long term extensions. RWBs R. Tait - RWB/LWB - 2023 May be entering the tail end of his time with us with age on his side, unless he is happy to just be a squad player J. Henderson - RWB/RW - 2023 Offer long term extension. See him as one of our biggest assets CBs M. Fraser - CB/RB - 2023 See how this season goes J. Shaughnessy - CB - 2023 Offer 2 yr extension C. Dunne - CB - 2023 Not bothered, though already rumoured with potential move to dons D. Finlayson - CB/RB - 2023 Not sure if he has what it takes to cut it yet LWBs S. Tanser - LWB - 2024 CDMs D. Reid - CDM/CM - 2023 Offer long term extension though suspect he will move on to a bigger club with the teams already showing an interest CMs E. Erhahon - CM - 2023 Big season for Ethan, though his head may already be looking at a move elsewhere CAMs G. Kiltie - CAM - 2023 Offer 2 year extension ST C. Main - ST - 2023 See how this season goes E. Brophy - ST - 2024 A. Greive - ST - 2023 Offer long term extension. See him as one of our biggest assets L. Jamieson - ST - 2023 See how this season goes
  15. I still wouldn't be surprised to see Dunne leave and if Erhahon shows the right attitude pre-season and wants to be here, he may see out his final year of contract.
  16. I thought he was decent enough as a signing and first thoughts were that he was brought in to pair up with Erhahon as a more experienced head in a midfield defensive line, though I guess in the end the way suspensions and injuries went and change of shape, that wasn't quite the case. I liked him, though to grow as a team I think the more youthful outfield players we have signed on pre-contracts excite me a little more.
  17. I think Robinson will have a different approach on waiting on players to sign contracts offered. He's already made plans of who will be here and who won't next season in advance. And as mentioned by capt_oaks he acts quickly. I still think Dunne will end up at Aberdeen, so we may need to prepare a close season looking for potentially a replacement for both Dunne and McCarthy. McCarthy imo is worth a new contract though not 100% convinced he will be a first pick now, so that may be a deciding factor for him on his future.
  18. Seems like Hladky is a more likely signing for Aberdeen this summer.
  19. From the article, it describes him as a wide player, not as an out and out striker. There have been plenty of players who have came up to Scotland and made a bigger impact than some of the guys who have come from a higher tier. I trust from the manager not long leaving the English game at that level and already had experience managing in the Scottish Prem, he has a good understanding of the type of player required and if they have the right mentality.
  20. I've got a feeling Offord will be involved and part of our first team squad next season. He is one that has been spoke about since he was around 14/15 in the under 18s, so I think he is highly regarded at the club and the half season on loan at East Stirling has benefited him, scoring 12 goals. He may not be a starter, though Imagine he will be getting minutes similar to Jay Henderson, when he first broke through.
  21. FFS are you being serious? If so, you should give your head a wobble.
  22. Wouldn't be surprised if the likes of Alnwick and McCarthy (both out of contract) move to Aberdeen. They are terrible at the back this season.
  23. No doubt in my mind, Jim was probably offered improved terms to stay, though his mind was already made up.
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