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  1. WHIT..... If you dont finish bottom you will be happy... WHIT.... If kelty dont finish in top 2 id be raging.
  2. Barr wasnt injured just away for this fixture i believe.
  3. Great result and team performance last night. Renton and bucks offering a good parternship already. Bucks still looks very fit for his age and will score goals and last nights finish was fantastic. Hutton was a standout by a mile especially 2nd half his composure and willingness to get on the ball and make things happen was a treat to watch. Thomson did well at centre back and Cammy Gill had another good game. The shape of the team and performance was actually quite similar to the raith game but we created 3 chances really and took 1 and managed to keep a clean sheet. Squad is still light but with Craig Barr and Morrisson back hopefully soon ideally get another body in defensively. Jacob glass although on bench last night is going away soon to USA. The young lad mahady is as raw as they come and reminds me of lewis coult in his stature and running style and general play from what I saw. His willingness to work his socks off pressing hard and working between centre halfs was great to see from a young kid he clearly has a good attitude. Looks fairly quick as well which is good. I wouldnt be adverse to another striker coming in but perhaps greedy and dont think we would go down that route and potentially a centre mid or centre half on loan is our next signing.
  4. Summary of the game from Cowden perspective is this. Raith deserved the win. Better team of course however Cowdens shape and fitness was pretty good. Cowden are a hard team to beat but we lack pace in final 3rd to really counter attack teams like raith who have marjority of possession. If I was a raith fan I would be looking at that performance as a glorified pre season friendly however no doubt you guys will need better quality to get to where you need too in the championship. Berra was excellent but will come up against quicker sharper players so no real kudos for being excellent against cowden. Zanatta is a decent outlet for you but needs to do more in his one v one situations. Spencer is a great player and lewis vaughn looks sharp. Was the cowden stream any good for anyone who watched?
  5. He was brechins best player against us in 2 games I saw. all about opinions.
  6. Bobby Barr very good signing. Will provide an attacking threat. Can play off both wings or even through middle. Decent delivery and will be our main outlet I feel for creating chances for bucks/renton. Another signing I feel for up top with pace (young lad on loan most likely) is what we now require.
  7. Good run out for the lads Saturday. Its all about sharpness and fitness. Results come secondary (albeit you dont want to lose games) I remember under someone could have even been liam fox our pre season was unbelievable beating decent teams and we all seen how that ended up. Pre season is not a reality of where results will lie. The squad is thin for sure and my understanding is 1 player will be joined and signed up before the weekend and its an attacking player who I believe would be a good signing for us. In my opinion our squad is able to mount a strong push for 3rd or 4th but I reckon as it stands 5th or 6th is the reality. Its tight between a lot of teams in this division. We have a core group of experienced players now who have played a lot of games for this club or a lot of games in scottish football. This is a good thing. We now just need to add some legs/pace into the team. Who can flourish beside the experience of a liam buchanan/mango/kyle hutton. btw kyle hutton was superb on Saturday. young lad ross pollock looks ok and able deputy at full back or centre half. Ross Clarke got minutes and this is like a new signing for us.. Lets get behind the team. Please remember that first couple of games against Raith etc in the premier cup is almost like glorified friendlies. To win them would be great but shape/fitness and tactics is what these games will be about also.
  8. I think the best option is to keep the head down play hard and ignore all negativity that will come his way (and has come his way for years) Im actually confused as to where the lad will play as he is a right back?? says can play left and midfield which is good to have players like this however his natural position is right back where mullen plays. Looking at squad. Defo a centre half and striker to come + goalkeeper. an attacking midfield/winger which I believe could be coming soon......
  9. He came off the offenders list in 2016. The facts are he done his crimes when he was 17 or 18 - got 5 or 6 years im sure on offenders list + fine. He has not been charged or been prosecuted of any similar crime since thus you have to feel rehabilitation has happened. My personal view point is the signing makes me uncomfortable. I cant be a hypocrite I said back when City and Kelty signed him it was a wrong move for any local community club. Our fanbase is so small that any signing that can be percieved as negative thus alienating particular fans to say they wont purchase tickets/attend games or buy merchandise is a real blow to the club. This club needs all the fans and money it can get thus a signing like this aint gonna go down well thats a fact. The lad is a very very good player and its a good signing. The club has clearly backed the manager however will have to accept that some backlash will always be expected. Overall part of me says like big al time to move on and people change however as a parent it makes me uncomfortable and a complete hypocrite to support the signing.
  10. id imagine a couple of trialists in training just now and Bollan will be having a look at a couple for this weekends game and next. We require another GK for sure. Defo a wide player and another centre back. Another striker also as only 2 on the books.
  11. Any friendlies on tomorrow for lowland league or east of scotland league in west lothian area?
  12. Really disappointed that Jacob Glass is moving on. I thought he was our best prospect for a long time. I thought Gary didnt use him enough last season. Granted It appears he may have a move to USA which is great for him so even if we did offer a deal looks like he has a change of direction anyhow. The sub gk mac whyte showed promise also and I would have liked to see him given another game or two to see if he would be worthwhile keeping on as a young gk but Gary didnt play him. Jay sandison played 45 mins and was never seen again. Poor signing. With players confirmed away - we now need another gk as only have 1. We need a centre half as Pyper and Glass and Finnie all away. Likely need a left sided player. Right sided player/Centre midfielder and another striker. So signings for sure will be made and it will be interesting to see who gary brings in
  13. Im not going to be pessimistic but a realist here. The squad is shaping up ok however we have re signed a lot of players who unfortunately finished 2nd bottom. Couple of tweaks e.g bucks signing and a couple of future signings should enable us to potentially compete for top 4 at a real push. Top spot is just not realistic. I hope this post comes back to bite me may i add. We will compete well for sure against the top sides but to maintain an unbeaten run with the squad we have is just not going to happen sadly.
  14. Good start to the squad building for the season ahead. Kept the 3 main players for me being Morrisson/Mango/Swann. We have addressed our goalscorer situation by bringing in experience and poacher bucks. We have addressed our gk situation by bringing in a young hungry gk with good full time football behind him and some games at a higher level. My issue i think moving forward is that when analysing the squad it needs more freshness in an attacking sense. If we are to challenge for top 4 which will be the aim make no mistake. Perhaps we could have freshened up more by letting some players who have been with us a long time go and freshen up those positions with new blood but the grass isnt always greener no guarantee for example letting a mullen go that you would find a better right back. Thats garys job to weigh that up. I would for sure look at an attacking midfielder or wide player who can get us up the pitch and be dangerous on the counter. E.g brian fairbairn/marc mckenzie esque. These types of players are out there and would be key to how we attack teams and thus create chances for renton/bucks. Another forward is obviously required as we cant just go with 2. Most likely a loan deal but our loans must be better im thinking of poor loans in shape of olly hamilton for example nowhere near good enough and to a degree zander miller wasnt up to scratch. Other squads will be better on paper in this league but theres not much between teams in league 2. Stirling have made some good signings and will be better. Stenny will for sure be better but cant see them being top 2 side. Kelty will make some big signings on top of what they have already done so I would imagine they would begin as favourites alongside Edinburgh. Top 4 finish should be our aim and we will need more quality to achieve this. Otherwise its mid table at best.
  15. Im not. He made a lot of errors whilst on loan. Some key saves and is as raw as they come as a young GK. My gut feeling is he will try get full time football somewhere however I think it will be difficult for him. I would like us to go try get cammy binnie released from Stirling. I wouldnt be adverse to young Hogarth but a more rounded goalkeeper is what I would be after.
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