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4 hours ago, B0baFatt said:

 


Heard a rumour that Motherwell are looking to take both Gallagher and Halkett which would leave us needing to find a few new defenders
 

 

Surprised if Gallagher leaves half way through the season, he's had better offers than Livi when he first came to us and then back again twice, but wouldn't begrudge him the move, he's been a good and loyal player to Livi, gutted if Halkett goes but again he deserves a move up, fantastic player for Livi.

 

Kinda looking like Hoppy's target of 8th place is more realistic than my hopes of a top 4 if we lose key players like this, isn't much between teams as yesterday showed, but a wee bit of quality in key positions makes a big difference, and that'll be 3 we've lost in this window if this happens, has to have a big affect. 

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Can’t see gallagher going anywhere , he’s been good this season but Halkett and Lithgow have been much better and played more games. Declan signed a 2 year deal so Motherwell would need to pay a fee can’t see that happening. Halkett will have clubs after him in summer

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22 hours ago, LIVIFOREVER said:

Yep Gallagher not playing affected the formation and we didn't really have wingers today, Longridge was hanging back too much and neither wing was being used to get in behind Queens defence or hit the bye line. Thought Robinson did ok up front but he's not a striker, and neither is Boyd, and both are preferred over Carrick.

Robinson is an AM but looks a good fit up front, Boyd is a striker though is he not?

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Just now, ATLIS said:

Robinson is an AM but looks a good fit up front, Boyd is a striker though is he not?

Hoppy has him down as one but i'm sure I read he was a midfielder. Both are quick and good with the ball at their feet but unless they start banging in goals, or helping someone else score then they're not much use playing as strikers.

 

Maybe we need to get a settled pair playing up front first though, since Mullen left, or even before as he was out injured, we've had Cadden, Rafa, Carrick, Robinson and Boyd all playing up front partnering either Mackin or Toddy. About time we stuck with one of them and found out the two best players to use.

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8 minutes ago, LIVIFOREVER said:

Hoppy has him down as one but i'm sure I read he was a midfielder. Both are quick and good with the ball at their feet but unless they start banging in goals, or helping someone else score then they're not much use playing as strikers.

 

Maybe we need to get a settled pair playing up front first though, since Mullen left, or even before as he was out injured, we've had Cadden, Rafa, Carrick, Robinson and Boyd all playing up front partnering either Mackin or Toddy. About time we stuck with one of them and found out the two best players to use.

I think Mackin is too inconsistent and Toddy doesn't offer more than just pure hustle. We need a big guy that can play consistently and offer something new to the team. I think the secret would be playing Rafa up top to be honest but I doubt Hoppy will go for it

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Just now, ATLIS said:

I think Mackin is too inconsistent and Toddy doesn't offer more than just pure hustle. We need a big guy that can play consistently and offer something new to the team. I think the secret would be playing Rafa up top to be honest but I doubt Hoppy will go for it

Yep Mackin has a decent strike rate from limited appearances though, maybe just needs a run of games starting, and someone regular to play alongside with, so both get to form a bond and know instinctively where one another will be, too much chopping and changing with our strikers. Not all of it could be helped right enough, with injuries, games postponed and then having to play midweek games, but imo we need to do the same up front as we have done in defence and midfield, play the same players all the time. Pittman and Byrne are part of a great midfield partnership, as is Gallagher, Halkett and Lithgow, and that is because they all play week in week out.

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Yep Mackin has a decent strike rate from limited appearances though, maybe just needs a run of games starting, and someone regular to play alongside with, so both get to form a bond and know instinctively where one another will be, too much chopping and changing with our strikers. Not all of it could be helped right enough, with injuries, games postponed and then having to play midweek games, but imo we need to do the same up front as we have done in defence and midfield, play the same players all the time. Pittman and Byrne are part of a great midfield partnership, as is Gallagher, Halkett and Lithgow, and that is because they all play week in week out.


Mackin has had a run of games.
He's also had half a season now to get fit enough to last longer than 35 mins a game.
He was great for the first 35 mins at the weekend there. After that you could see he was knackered. Could barely jump for a header and that continued into the second half. He had some good touches in the second half but then couldn't move himself any slower to get up into the box.
He's an impact sub for us and no more.

We need a fit and quick striker. Personally I want Carrick to get more of a chance as he's very similar to Mullen. It might work or it might not but what we tried on Saturday and previous weeks aside from Dumbarton is not working.
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Agree with the shouts above about Mackin being an impact player. His goal rate speaks for itself and when he’s on his game, his hold up play is an immense asset to the team. However, having two up front who were actually mobile aided in the high press we started the season with, now Mullen is gone and there’s no real preferred starting strikers, that’s gone. No doubt Mackin has improved in all aspects since he came here but it’s simple facts: he doesn’t possess the physical attributes to press effectively.

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4 hours ago, LogieLivi said:

 


Mackin has had a run of games.
He's also had half a season now to get fit enough to last longer than 35 mins a game.
He was great for the first 35 mins at the weekend there. After that you could see he was knackered. Could barely jump for a header and that continued into the second half. He had some good touches in the second half but then couldn't move himself any slower to get up into the box.
He's an impact sub for us and no more.

We need a fit and quick striker. Personally I want Carrick to get more of a chance as he's very similar to Mullen. It might work or it might not but what we tried on Saturday and previous weeks aside from Dumbarton is not working.

 

What 3 games in a row starting, and with different partners in every game, nope that isn't what I was talking about in my post.

Whether it is Mackin getting regular starts or someone else, I just want to see us having a front 2 partnership so the same 2 players get to form an understanding that is 2nd nature to one another, knowing exactly where they'll be without having to look up. All this chopping and changing is exactly what we did the season we were relegated when White, Mullen, Buchanan and Sheerin got swapped about every game, and they were better players than what we have just now, which shows up even more that it would be better to stick to the same 2 players. Fortunately we've a better group of players throughout the team just now and others are picking up the slack for the lack of goals coming from te strikers, but it would be even better if the strikers started knocking in more goals.

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20 minutes ago, Ayia Napa Daz said:

Absolutely mental how that article is all about her shagging a dog and not about her being a complete paedo scum

Her to the courts is the biggest transfer news in Livi all January

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1 minute ago, billyg said:

I've heard we're trying to sign someone else from you , but there will be a fee involved. Any ideas ?

Halkett would make sense with Buchanan being off...

 

Have heard us linked with Josh Mullin as well, which would also make sense, as it would free Magennis to fight for a place in the centre.

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6 minutes ago, Soctty said:

Halkett would make sense with Buchanan being off...

 

Have heard us linked with Josh Mullin as well, which would also make sense, as it would free Magennis to fight for a place in the centre.

Josh Mullin would be my guess, as im told he’s another that has said he won’t be signing a new contract in the summer and like Mullen we are looking to offload for a fee. 

Motherwell have also been sniffing about him the last season and a half. 

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1 minute ago, andylivi1 said:

Josh Mullin would be my guess, as im told he’s another that has said he won’t be signing a new contract in the summer and like Mullen we are looking to offload for a fee. 

Motherwell have also been sniffing about him the last season and a half. 

Been impressed with him every time I've seen him.

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