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Yeah Watson wasnt amazing when conpared to the likes of Peter Grant at the top end of the league above, but now, hes light years ahead. Him and Dixon will be like Bonucci and Chiellini compared to the fucking dumplings playing now.

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2 minutes ago, Rob1885 said:

Don't think it's the same Watson that left you. Was fine last season but was miles off it this. The 3 skudding by Arbroath in August a particular lowlight for Him, utterly hopeless.

In fairness we are used to that given Alston and Rory Loy as 2 examples but our current defence is shambolic so it is still an upgrade.

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3 minutes ago, Rob1885 said:

Don't think it's the same Watson that left you. Was fine last season but was miles off it this. The 3 skudding by Arbroath in August a particular lowlight for Him, utterly hopeless.

He had his mind on his upcoming holiday to be fair.

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I never really rated Watson during his first spell. He was an average Championship defender who I felt was never commanding enough in the air. Saying that, he is a far better defender than Hall and McKay combined so a very welcomed addition at this moment in time. Welcome home etc.

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2 minutes ago, Ecosse83 said:

I hope the club are working on keeping Rennie for next season, his first transfer window is pissing all over what we have done recently. 
 

Feels good to have a competent man in charge 😎

To think that bawsack Holt had an entire summer, access to the club scouting "infrastructure", and never managed anything like this, speaks volumes of the lost wages to that man. 

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7 minutes ago, TedCrilly said:

I never really rated Watson during his first spell. He was an average Championship defender who I felt was never commanding enough in the air. Saying that, he is a far better defender than Hall and McKay combined so a very welcomed addition at this moment in time. Welcome home etc.

He got a bad name when with us, completely unfairly I think. He was perfectly serviceable in the second tier and notched a few goals too. Welcome back Paul.

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Even if Watson is not the player he was when he left us, his decline will be much less than the Falkirk team his re-joins.  Good signing.  No transfer fee to pay and most of his wages will be paid by what we paid Keena probably.   Good bit of business from Rennie. :) 

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10 minutes ago, TedCrilly said:

I never really rated Watson during his first spell. He was an average Championship defender who I felt was never commanding enough in the air. Saying that, he is a far better defender than Hall and McKay combined so a very welcomed addition at this moment in time. Welcome home etc.

I think a lot of us can agree on that. He then however went on to finish 2nd with Dundee United & then won the league the following year with them so I'm happy to admit I was wrong on that one and even happier to see him back at our club.

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27 minutes ago, Ecosse83 said:

One of the names I was told I’d be surprised if we got but the level of ambition gives me a boner 😁

Give us a clue!

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Watson was fine when he was next to someone who was taking the lead in the pairing (Grant, McCracken) and telling him exactly what to do, but was hopeless when paired next to a dumpling like that blob Gasparotto. Would assume he'll be on the right side of the back three which might suit him if he's got a leader in the middle. Dixon can potentially fulfil that role I'd think. Just great to have McKay and particularly Hall pushed down the pecking order. Hall should never be on the pitch again IMO - one of the all time worst.

Re Keena, I've always liked the idea of him but then the reality when he was on the park was very disappointing. He is technically decent and seems to be a decent finisher around the box but he was never involved enough and doesn't have the physical attributes I'd be looking for. There's probably a level where he'd stand out as players get slower and defenders make more mistakes but he wasn't the answer for us.

Ideally I'd have another centre back, cover at RWB and a striker coming in, but the priority absolutely has to be the centre of midfield now. People seem to want a destroyer/holding player but I think we need legs in there more than anything else. Telfer is getting a bit of stick on here but what's he meant to do when he's got Gary Miller standing on the toes of the defence and whoever the out of position show pony of the week is either side of him. Liam Craig would be a great signing in isolation but would still leave us lacking a big box to box player (Ben Williamson would be the ideal type of player we need but is obviously unavailable). Telfer, Craig and a big athlete seems like a great balance to me.

I can't see us catching any of the top three so that QP game a week on Saturday is massive. I think they're the only team above us that we can realistically catch so we have to beat them at home. Gives us a little bit of time to get Watson, Kubia and hopefully one or two others into the starting XI. Not writing off the Montrose game by any means but that QP game is the biggest of our season so far.

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