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1 hour ago, Chubbychops said:

Courier saying that the sell on clause is 30% for Nisbet. We also get money for Hibs getting into Europe and  also cash if  Nisbet gets a Scotland cap. The fee was 250k.

If that is confirmed then amazing deal by the Board and glad they ignored me to accept a smaller offer.

Dom Thomas is also a terrific signing if he stays fit.

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Falkirk in absolute meltdown mode while we are soaking up the Friday feeling. Bask in that glorious Championship winning glow boys! 

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Looking at the players we used from end of January we’ve had the following changes.

OFW- loan end,  rumoured to be returning on permanent deal

Ashcroft, Devine released-  Watson signing and Lang returning from loan as replacement.

Thomas-Loan end, now permanent signing 

Paton released, replacement Whittaker

Beadling and Thomson released, Alston rumoured

Ethan Ross loan end

Afolabi loan end, Nisbet sold.  McManus and O’hara joined.

Obviously not the biggest sample of games, but i don’t think anyone else who has left were getting on the pitch anytime soon.

From that should Alston and OFW join them we can’t be that far from how our squad will look at the start of the season. Add a decent wide option defensive midfield cover and we’ll just about be there.  

Talking of Alston,  would he have been at Falkirk the same time as Crawford? 

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Think there's a really good balance to the squad, with multiple players who can cover various positions (Martin, Murray, Whittaker, Turner, Thomas, Edwards, McCann).

I think there will only be one or two more permanent signings, with a keeper being the priority. Wouldn't be averse to Oh-Ef-Dub returning. Think a winger might be a target too. 

Would imagine that the rest of the squad will be supplemented with the under 20s and loans. Wouldn't mind seeing Ethan Ross back.

 

Crawford still has much to prove as a manager. He's shown flashes of brilliance (wins against United at home, St Mirren away, Celtic away, Partick everywhere last season, Dundee win at home) but also too many flashes of absolute aching shite (Edinburgh City, Arbroath away twice, the hideous 5 match losing streak and the Stranraer cup game).

However, he seems to be very good in the transfer market.

 

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Gk Signing 

Comrie-Murray-Watson-Martin

Dow-Whittaker-Turner-Thomas

McManus - O'Hara

From looking at that Murray and Martin can cover right back, with Lang stepping in at CB and Edwards at left back so I don't reckon we'll see any new defenders, Gill as the backup keeper with a new one coming in. 

In midfield we have Matty Todd and Paul Allan covering centre mid, reckon we might see one more body come in there. Out wide we have no cover at all so we definitely need another man there. 

Upfront we have McGill and McCann to cover, are they good enough? Who knows but I can't see us signing anyone else. 

So my wishlist is now-

Goalkeeper - I'd still prefer Jamie McDonald however I wouldn't hate to have OFW back. I think he'd be a solid signing 

Centre Mid - I know we're linked with Alston but I really don't know how we'd utilise him or fit him into the team so I'm really not sure, outwith Whittaker we don't have a defensive minded midfielder, I actually think Miller from Falkirk would be a good signing despite knowing little about him, someone that can cover right back and cdm? Aye that'd do. 

Winger-I'd love to have Nesbitt but I don't reckon he would come as a second choice squad player, if he would still? Aye come on down, I could see us filling this spot with a loan player. 

Other names could be Calvin Miller and Joe Cardle I suppose. 

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Slight twist on the above,  if we went 4-3-3/4-5-1 then we have the similar defensive options but more likely to need murray(and potentially martin) to step into midfield with Lang coming and we can run with 3 from 4 of Dow, Thomas, o’hara, McManus.  Thomas can play up front and both o’hara/McManus Have shown they can put a shift in on the wing.  That would put less emphasis on signing a winger and more on centre mid,  tho we do have Todd and Allan that play there.

Other random Football manager thoughts,

Sign Mcginn(i still think he’s the one of the best players who will be playing championship this season) and look at a 4-2-3-1 system.

GK

comrie Watson murray martin

      Whittaker McGinn

Dow.  Alston.  thomas

         O’hara/McManus.

I don’t believe that’s realistic btw,   But would be a v.decent starting 11 with options to adapt to injuries.

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On paper we could end up having a very decent starting XI for this league but I can see squad depth being an issue.

That’s only to be expected though, just about every other club will be the same.

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I'm hoping more will be made of the fact that Dece McManus was in talks with Falkirk and sacked them off for the mighty pars. You really do love to see it.

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Need a GK. Probably OK at the back. 

Out wide we have two cracking wingers now but Lewis McCann is about the only other player in the squad that can play wide(not keen on him there). We certainly need another wide player

Central midfield- Turner and Whittaker. I don't rate Turner but he might improve and Whittaker won't play every week imo. Matty Todd is nowhere near first team level yet and will go out on loan I think. I would say we need two central midfielders.

Up front we have a good front two. McCann and McGill as youthful back up but for me we need another.

 

I think another 5 signings still.

 

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14 minutes ago, smpar said:

On paper we could end up having a very decent starting XI for this league but I can see squad depth being an issue.

That’s only to be expected though, just about every other club will be the same.

Agreed.   It was interesting to see Crawford talk that injury prevention will be a large part of our pre-season program, i suspect he won’t be alone in that thought.   There will be an interesting battle stuck between sports scientists who may focus on outright match day fitness and those who look to build their players so they are less likely to pick up injury that’s going to put them out for 6 weeks. 

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1 hour ago, Chubbychops said:

Need a GK. Probably OK at the back. 

Out wide we have two cracking wingers now but Lewis McCann is about the only other player in the squad that can play wide(not keen on him there). We certainly need another wide player

Central midfield- Turner and Whittaker. I don't rate Turner but he might improve and Whittaker won't play every week imo. Matty Todd is nowhere near first team level yet and will go out on loan I think. I would say we need two central midfielders.

Up front we have a good front two. McCann and McGill as youthful back up but for me we need another.

 

I think another 5 signings still.

 

Murray can play central midfield too.

5 sounds mental, but if you include 3 of them as loans then it sounds good.

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37 minutes ago, DA Baracus said:

Murray can play central midfield too.

5 sounds mental, but if you include 3 of them as loans then it sounds good.

Any player can play any position, doesn't mean they necessarily should, wasn't convinced by Murray at centre mid. 

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Crawford didn’t dodge the Ohara question and handled it well. 
Still think it’s a mistake but hope he can win me over, feels wrong even if he was just young at the time.

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It’ll be interesting to see O’Hara’s interview. If he gives it the massive club patter and genuinely seems ambitious I’m sure he’ll win a lot of people over.

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4 minutes ago, Grant228 said:

Any player can play any position, doesn't mean they necessarily should, wasn't convinced by Murray at centre mid. 

Technically any player can play anywhere (Westie played upfront once!) but I'm talking about positions where players have at least ability.

Agree that central defence is Murray's best position (although he only played a couple of times there for us) but he has shown he can be a central midfielder. Pretty sure he was solid if unspectacular when he played there, plus he scored a couple of times.

I like that Crawford's signings often can play multiple positions. He really has an eye for a player for the most part.

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2 hours ago, Rob1885 said:

I'm hoping more will be made of the fact that Dece McManus was in talks with Falkirk and sacked them off for the mighty pars. You really do love to see it.

 

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