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  1. That's what happens when you have a 'Diamond' of a recruitment team
  2. I would agree with that. Think he's best as a box-to-box midfielder. His best asset is probably carrying the ball forward and almost literally dragging the team up the park. I liked him at Airdrie, and would have been happy to see him stay. There does seem to be something not quite right with him though. He was in and out of our team constantly and Stuart Millar publicly called him out for being unfit. I'm not sure how much truth there was in that (he was in the same team and midfield as Nat Wedderburn and, while there are different types of fitness, he's clearly not less mobile than big Nat) but clearly there was something that stopped him from getting a proper run in the team despite being one of our better players at the time. Things also haven't worked out for him at Stirling Albion either despite him having the ability to be a decent League 1 player IMO. He was over-rated by Airdrie fans and one of those players who got better with every game he didn't play. But unless much has changed in the last couple of seasons he should be a decent addition for you.
  3. Hopefully some good news soon RE Murray and returning and new players. I would expect Easton will be away but retaining him, McCabe, Fordyce and Frizzell has to be the priority IMO. In terms of the rest of the squad - Currie - I'm not overly convinced by him. He lets in soft goals, his command of his box and coming out for crosses is a real weak spot (some of the goals we conceded from crosses were pitiful) and the top end of League 1 is very much his ceiling. He is a very good reaction-save goalkeeper, however, and on his day he's one of the better goalkeepers in the league. Keep I would like a better goalkeeper to challenge him than Cantley although it wouldn't surprise me if this wasn't seen as a priority. Watson - Good right-back at this level. Adds a bit of height and physical presence and is usually reliable whatever team or individual player he's up against. Decent but inconsistent going forward and can play at centre-half also. Keep. Kerr - There's no doubt he's a talent and has one of the highest potential ceilings of the entire squad. Has shown he can be a real classy player and solid and physical centre-half. BUT there's a huge caveat that comes with Kerr. He's always fucking injured. We've not once managed to get a full season out of him, which is a problem, and that is a trade-off that is going to go against him eventually. Him hardly kicking a ball all season was one of the main reasons why we were stuck playing McCabe at centre-half. Would a fit Kerr and McCabe moving into the centre of the park have a made a difference in terms of either winning the league or the play-offs? Impossible to say but I do think so. If he could stay fit he's a definite keep but that's too much of a doubt for me. Undecided. Agnew - Showed his ability on the ball throughout this season and was a key part in helping retain the ball and see out games almost every week. But he was a definite weak link in the play-offs and against Cove. The final was passing him by and the Queen's midfield were ghosting past him. He's clearly an important member of the squad and coaching staff but he should very much be a backup and his midfield anchor role passed over to McCabe (who should have had it in the first place). Keep as backup/coach. Gallagher - He has his faults but he is one of the better strikers in League 1. 16 goals last season plus 9 and 14 in the previous two shortened seasons is one of the better returns outside of your Megginson/McAlistair/Goodwillie's of this world. He misses sitters and when he's off it he's horrendous. But there's not many strikers I'd rather the ball fell to in the box in this league than Gal and his overall hold-up and link play is better than is generally stated. Keep. Gabby McGill - Awful first-touch and not much in the way of footballing ability but he gives you endeavour and non-stop running and harrying which I always appreciate and, at this level, is enough to be effective. Decent enough goal return too considering he actually didn't play all that much and would have had 9/10 if his two against Clyde had counted. A proper wide forward and/or better striker would undoubtedly be upgrades on him but I think he's shown enough to demonstrate that he's an effective option for a top 4 team at this level. Keep. Ritchie, Walker and Lyons are not up to it so I would get rid. Likewise Cantley unless they're planning on going with Currie and A.N. Other in which case we might as well keep. Allan and McDonald are fine squad players but if you could replace them better you would. I suppose Walker is probably in that category too. Keep Pyott for patter reasons obviously and to get him his testimonial (in all seriousness what on earth is he still doing here? He's older than Callum Smith ). In terms of the loanees I'd be more than happy to see Scott McGill back. Was a good and effective player in a number of positions for us which is a really useful thing to have in a squad. I'd have previously said we should burst a gut to sign Paterson but I did go off him in the play-offs. Thought he really didn't show up well at all albeit he's young enough and talented enough to develop into a good player. Devenny was fine as a squad player but again if you could replace him with better you would and there will be dozens of similar type players available to loan. And Big Jon should be left as a fond(ish) memory of the play-offs. Let's not tarnish that or the song! A base of: Currie Watson New Fordyce New McCabe Easton Frizzell New Gal Smith Plus Agnew, G. McGill and Salim Would be a good starting point though as said above I definitely expect Easton to be away. Ideally I would like the above players to sign on, a goalie, two new centre-halfs, a left-back, a winger and possibly another centre forward would be great. Also think we need a bit of a 'shit' or streetwise type in the centre of the park. McCabe would probably have helped with this but a Marvyn Wilson type who can manage or slow a game down, foul and pick up a booking when necessary and just generally be a bit nasty would really have been an asset to this team. Cove, Montrose and Queen's Park were all much better at this than us and when it mattered it showed. Salim barely kicking a ball for two seasons now is a worry IMO. He's done well in the juniors and League 2 and deserves a crack at League 1. But he hasn't had a sustained run of football for a long time now so God knows how long it will take for him to get up to speed. I hope he does though because he's a cracking guy (loved how mental he went in the Dumbarton games x2 and the Montrose home tie) and he's a player I wanted us to sign as soon as he got released from Livi. Anyone but Barry Ferguson if Murray leaves please. Looking forward to Gary Holt's Airdrie romping to the title and Senor Bairn's massive heads gone when Falkirk finish a regrettable 7th.
  4. Airdrieonians Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards Salim Kouider-Aïssa Callum Smith
  5. Hope you play like it’s your last game in the two legs of the final!
  6. I do love a trip to Peterhead, Links Park and the likes... but not after 10 years. Get us up and playing teams who actually bring a travelling support and in games with a bit of needle like Ayr and Thistle please. Also need to put Accies in their place. Besides with Gayfield (possibly), Somerset, Cappielow, Inverness and Dens you've probably got just as many 'proper' football grounds or away days in the Championship as you do League 1 anyway. A shame Palmerston and East End Park are away from that perspective mind you. Just fucking win Airdrie please.
  7. You've surely got to be a Confident Individual to go to Broadwood after dark too?
  8. His three finishes on Saturday were sublime. The first and the second (hitting it first time like that) in particular are excellent technique. Changed days from missing that sitter at Firhill all those months ago. I don't think Gal gets the credit he deserves from our support. He can undoubtedly be a frustrating player, miss wild sitters and when he's off it he's off it. But on his day, outside of your Megginsons and Goodwillies, I'd have him as one of the best strikers at this level. Fantastic movement and strikers' instinct (as we saw on Saturday), scores important goals, can score with any part of his body which is another under-rated skill and I don't his hold-up or all-round play is too bad either. He's scored 16 goals so far this season and scored 9 and 14 in two shortened seasons which I think is a good return. A well deserved award and recognition as was his goal and 100th appearance on Saturday!
  9. Obviously nothing is official until the pen is tweeted out but that's a bit of business I'd be happy with. A good right-back who's spent most of his career in the Championship or the top end of League 1 and done well in both leagues. If he can play left-back and centre-half(?) too then even better as we know how useful it's been to have players who can play in multiple positions this season. Murray really is putting the band back together!
  10. What. A. Day. Still can't quite believe we did it and I am still trying to process it all. If you'd told anyone Montrose would score 4 goals away from home (and 5 overall) and not win I don't think anyone would believe you. We looked dead and buried at both 2-0 and 3-1 down. Fair play to Montrose, their pressing really did a number on us but very soft goals for us to lose, again. Callum Smith's performance may be the best individual performance I've ever seen in a diamond (chevron ). We would not have won this game if he wasn't playing. A hat-trick, harried their defence the whole game, phenomenal work-rate and was even tracking back and winning the ball in their half in the depths of extra-time. Outstanding and what an instrumental player he has become. Fair play too, to big Jonny who was also superb when he came on. He's, rightly, being getting it tight from us, but he also was vital to our win. Cracking touch and finish for his goal (and loved his celebration right in front of the Montrose dugout ) and that touch and assist for Gabby's goal was a sublime bit of skill. Fair play to the big man and was great seeing him jumping around with the wee guys on the pitch after the game. Would start Watson, and probably Kerr, in the final but Murray got his subs spot on today so credit to him for that. Loved seeing how much it meant to him and the entire squad (big Salim was loving it once again!). Nice to see Gal grab a typical Gal goal on his 100th appearance in a diamond One of the best games I've ever been to but we haven't won anything yet. We should go into the games against Queen's Park with confidence but they will feel the same and it will no doubt be a stuffy and tight affair. But this team is something special. We know they have the ability to do it and, especially after yesterday, we know they have the mentality to do it. If we don't break our play-off hoodoo after yesterday I'm not sure we ever will. Roll on Thursday
  11. What. A. Day. Still can't quite believe we did it and I am still trying to process it all. If you'd told anyone Montrose would score 4 goals away from home (and 5 overall) and not win I don't think anyone would believe you. We looked dead and buried at both 2-0 and 3-1 down. Fair play to Montrose, their pressing really did a number on us but very soft goals for us to lose, again. Callum Smith's performance may be the best individual performance I've ever seen in a diamond (chevron ). We would not have won this game if he wasn't playing. A hat-trick, harried their defence the whole game, phenomenal work-rate and was even tracking back and winning the ball in their half in the depths of extra-time. Outstanding and what an instrumental player he has become. Fair play too, to big Jonny who was also superb when he came on. He's, rightly, being getting it tight from us, but he also was vital to our win. Cracking touch and finish for his goal (and loved his celebration right in front of the Montrose dugout ) and that touch and assist for Gabby's goal was a sublime bit of skill. Fair play to the big man and was great seeing him jumping around with the wee guys on the pitch after the game. Would start Watson, and probably Kerr, in the final but Murray got his subs spot on today so credit to him for that. Loved seeing how much it meant to him and the entire squad (big Salim was loving it once again!). Nice to see Gal grab a typical Gal goal on his 100th appearance in a diamond One of the best games I've ever been to but we haven't won anything yet. We should go into the games against Queen's Park with confidence but they will feel the same and it will no doubt be a stuffy and tight affair. But this team is something special. We know they have the ability to do it and, especially after yesterday, we know they have the mentality to do it. If we don't break our play-off hoodoo after yesterday I'm not sure we ever will. Roll on Thursday
  12. That was my dad and I! Was buzzing haha. Hope you enjoyed your day and we can enjoy some celebratory pints in Monteith's next Sunday
  13. Really enjoyed recording that. On reflection I think I’d move Doc to right-back and promote McManus to centre-half from the bench. My team would be something like: McGeown Docherty McManus Fordyce Lovering Wilson Easton McCabe McLaren Gow Coyle Subs: McGowan, Dunn, Frizzell, Varielle, Currie, Smith and maybe Dosser for the last bench spot although a deeper or more defensive midfielder might be better in terms of the overall balance of the squad. Don’t think that team would ever lose a game at this level with everyone at the peak of their powers.
  14. Congratulations Dylan! Incredibly well deserved. To win an award voted by his peers just goes to show what a talented, dangerous and essential player he is. A pleasure and a privilege to watch in the diamond every week.
  15. Impressive that guys like Ritchie and McDonald who haven't played any meaningful game time for the best part of 6-12 months played the bulk of that game and Afolabi was still the worst player on the park. Hope he appreciated his goal announcement!
  16. Did anyone at the game get the inside scoop from Alan Gow about this Chinese investment? I was too starstruck to ask TBH.
  17. They've won a grand total of 7 league games this season don't you know!
  18. Think it will be the stream for me which I think will make my nerves even more unbearable! Paterson is very good and getting better with every game. Good defensively, really gets up and down on the park, great at creating space and overlaps and an excellent delivery. According to Transfermrkt he’s contracted to Celtic until 2023 but he’s 21 and not going to get a sniff there so I’d imagine Celtic would be happy to let him go - whether on a free or on loan again. Would love to see him back whatever league we’re in.
  19. I remember he got rinsed so bad by Fraser Fyvie after coming on as a sub that he he was huckled off and Murray played Ewan O’Reilly at centre mid in both legs of the final. Ewan O’Reilly. Centre mid. In a play-off final. Ewan O’Reilly. Think our midfields a little stronger this time around
  20. You could be in the same league next season! Congratulations on a deserved title win. We pushed you close but you were relentless and undeniably the best, most effective and consistent team in the league. Just hope we'll be joining you next season. Losing Harry Milne is a massive blow however.
  21. PotY - McCabe. He's strolled it this season whether in midfield or at centre-half. I think Easton will, deservedly, win it, but McCabe is also so fundamentally important to this team and how we play, recycling and retaining the ball, setting up our attacks and organising the team. I'm not sure we'd be anywhere near as good as we are without McCabe in the side. As said though, I think Easton will win it and you could also make arguments for Fordyce, Frizell and Smith and I don't think anyone would complain. YPotY - Scott McGill. My personal interpretation of Young Player of the Year is always to vote for a player who's broken into the team that season or who is making their first appearances in first team football. Of those players then I don't think anyone has made a bigger or better impression than Scott McGill (Paterson hasn't played enough IMO) and Callum Smith is too long-tenured. McGill's played practically every position on the park and done a solid-impressive job in all of them. Good defensively, breaks the lines well, decent enough on the ball and has scored 5 goals (almost all of them crackers) which is very good for someone who's played full-back or a more deeper role in midfield for the majority of the season. And he scored against Motherwell on his debut. Goal of the Season - McCabe v Motherwell. It has to be doesn't it? Has everything you want in a goal - brilliant technique and finish, the element of surprise, its importance to the game and derby victory, the scenes after it went in and the emotion and meaning behind it - taking the lead and ultimately comfortably beating Motherwell after not playing them in years. All of the contenders are outstanding goals, but I'll forget them in time. McCabe's free-kick v Motherwell (and McGill's goal) will stay with me forever.
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