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Iain Davidson will be a loss, no doubt about it; he's certainly a player I'd rather have in my team than in the opposition's. I think he's a decent First Division player, unsure if he's SPL calibre but then I had the same doubts about Tade and he did ok for himself so you never know.

Can't really blame Davidson for moving on. Ok, he was offered a good deal (relative to those who took wage cuts) but with the club going massively part-time next season, then I'd suggest Dundee are more likely to be able to offer him the SPL football he wants sooner than we could, so from a career progression point of view I don't blame him for moving at all.

I won't be booing him when he faces us next season; him and Baird will be afforded the same warm reception from me.

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I've always rated Davidson - and been deeply irritated by him - so I'm disappointed he's away as I'd have liked him to stay another year or two. But, these things happen and I certainly wish him well. Though I'll be honest, if I think a wee bit of stick from the crowd will herald a red card he'll be getting it.

As for the team, I'm not convinced it'll be a huge blow if he's adequately replaced. The team are clearly in need of shaking up and a bit of fresh blood in the middle of the park won't hurt.

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See if Davo was a millionaire and didn't really need the money I'd maybe be a wee bit miffed that he didn't stay loyal to the Rovers.

This isn't the case. The player has a life to think of and he'll make more money and probably have a better chance of career progression at Dundee. Football is simply a job and the vast majority of people would accept better terms if it was handed to them on a plate.

I'd like to see young Callaghan get a run in the midfield.

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Sad to see Davo go and good luck to him in the future. As long as he doesn't gesture to the fans I won't be booing him as he gave many years good service to Rovers

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Does this mean we can afford Casalinuovo back, offering him what we saved on Davo ? :rolleyes:

Let's hope so!!

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I'll be posting out letters to members regarding this situation but I'll post it here and on FanTalk for convenience...

200 Club Info

We have been in recent talks with the Board of Directors as to the way forward for the 200 Club.

They have proposed that we use the space that housed the club shop in the South stand with early entry being granted through the most appropriate South stand turnstile.

Due to this development, we are bringing the 200 Club AGM forward to Tuesday 19th June at 7pm at the Novar Bar.

All members' attendance would be very much appreciated to discuss the future direction of the long established RRFC 200 Club.

Edited by Andy C

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Would anybody take Johnny Stewart back? We didn't see much of him at all during his loan spell but I thought he looked a good player away at Falkirk when he replaced the injured Ellis. He was bound to be short of match sharpness too.

McGlynn will know better having seen him in training, but I reckon he'd be a good signing for the middle of the park.

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Would anybody take Johnny Stewart back? We didn't see much of him at all during his loan spell but I thought he looked a good player away at Falkirk when he replaced the injured Ellis. He was bound to be short of match sharpness too.

McGlynn will know better having seen him in training, but I reckon he'd be a good signing for the middle of the park.

I would take him back, I agree he didn't do anything wrong when called upon last season, with all the cut backs reported from Tyncastle he may be looking for a club anyway.

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Johnny Stewart is pretty pants fellas

I would remind you that the said Johnny Stewart scored a perfectly good (should have been match winning) goal at Dens last season which was only ruled out because a certain Mr Baird was offside. In fact Bairdy is offside quite a lot in games which is something you will be only too aware of in a month or two.

Stewart may or may not be pants but just wait until you see Davo trying to find a team mate less that 10 yrds away.

I'm sorry to see ID go as he had arguably his best season with us last term but there are other player to be had and as been said it could work out better for us.

In Davidson Dundee are getting a player who can hit great 30 to 50 yard balls but can often fail to find a team-mate from 10 feet.

He is a committed and hardy player who is great at breaking down play but can be petulant and all to often easily wound up and gets a card, his downright stupidity at Forfar where he collected 2 in 3 mins will live long in the memory of many at Station Park that day.

His best attributes are his tackling and his flexibility to play either defence or midfield.

I'm sorry he's gone but there will be a replacement.

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He is a committed and hardy player who is great at breaking down play but can be petulant and all to often easily wound up and gets a card, his downright stupidity at Forfar where he collected 2 in 3 mins will live long in the memory of many at Station Park that day.

A League Cup tie at Albion Rovers in 2008 will be my personal "Davo is a fanny" highlight. Booked for kicking the ball away. Twice. Quite rightly received complete pelters from the away fans on the way off and decided sticking the finger up would be an appropriate response. Claimed later it was at the Albion fans singing "Cheerio". It definitely wasn't.

To add balance his goal against the Pars when we beat them 2-0 at home in 2010 is undoubtedly his highlight. Last goal he scored for us, I reckon.

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If Davidson can kick shit out of people, I'll be happy with him.

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I would remind you that the said Johnny Stewart scored a perfectly good (should have been match winning) goal at Dens last season which was only ruled out because a certain Mr Baird was offside. In fact Bairdy is offside quite a lot in games which is something you will be only too aware of in a month or two.

Stewart may or may not be pants but just wait until you see Davo trying to find a team mate less that 10 yrds away.

I'm sorry to see ID go as he had arguably his best season with us last term but there are other player to be had and as been said it could work out better for us.

In Davidson Dundee are getting a player who can hit great 30 to 50 yard balls but can often fail to find a team-mate from 10 feet.

He is a committed and hardy player who is great at breaking down play but can be petulant and all to often easily wound up and gets a card, his downright stupidity at Forfar where he collected 2 in 3 mins will live long in the memory of many at Station Park that day.

His best attributes are his tackling and his flexibility to play either defence or midfield.

I'm sorry he's gone but there will be a replacement.

Certainly can, although he's not very good at it in my opinion. While he has a better range of passing than many centre halves and can play the ball out under pressure he lacks some of the basics of being a decent centre half, for me his worst habit was always the fact that he often loses his mark at dead balls. When he played most of the season there in 07/08, every free kick or corner into the Rovers box left me with my heart in my mouth becuase you just knew that Davo had lost his man.

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A League Cup tie at Albion Rovers in 2008 will be my personal "Davo is a fanny" highlight. Booked for kicking the ball away. Twice. Quite rightly received complete pelters from the away fans on the way off and decided sticking the finger up would be an appropriate response. Claimed later it was at the Albion fans singing "Cheerio". It definitely wasn't.

To add balance his goal against the Pars when we beat them 2-0 at home in 2010 is undoubtedly his highlight. Last goal he scored for us, I reckon.

To add more balance, losing Hardie for his first goal in that game.

I really don't think Davidson is that great and can definitely see Raith being a better team without him.

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I too reckon we will be better without him, or to be more precise Walker will be. The worst Davo moment for me was up at Arbroath when he actually played a good game only to throw a punch at someone and get sent off after full time. Jesus wept.

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My favourite Davo moment was against Stirling Albion years back at Stark's Park. Robert Snodgrass (whatever happened to him...) dived over a perfectly legitimate Davidson challenge, and as he lay on the ground appealing to the ref, Davo turned around and smashed the ball into his face from a few yards away.

Frankly, the treatment that all divers should receive.

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Since then Robert Snodgrass is captain of Leeds United and is a Scotland internationalist. I'm sure he scored in the friendly win against Denmark as well?

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