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34 minutes ago, DobbiesAgent said:

Pleased with the signing of stokes, a younger more attach minded central midfielder is something we have been missing for some time! 
I would also like us to get some legs out wide again, is Ally Roy still a free agent? He would fit the airdrieoniSons template, and I can’t help but think there’s a player in their somewhere ? Thoughts? 

 

3 minutes ago, Bring Back Paddy Flannery said:

He’s by no means prolific, but he has a knack of popping up with goals and I’ve seen a few good finishes from him. The only team he’s had a proper run of starts with was Derry City and he scored 7 in 14 there.

Ally Roy is our saviour.

FWIW I think there’s definitely a player in Ally Roy. Albeit one who’s definitely a confidence player. I think he was quite unlucky in his time at Airdrie and two defining moments potentially stopped him from properly kicking on. In 2019/20 he scored three goals in the League Cup group stages, not a bad return at all, and looked like he might be a handy acquisition. Then in the second game of the season  he blootered a penalty over the bar at Links Park, his confidence almost literally drained from him in that instance and he never once looked the same player. The rest of the season he spent confined to the bench where he’d maybe come on in the last 10-20 minutes of games and every time the game just looked completely beyond him and his abilities. He never even ‘put himself about’ in that way fans like and he looked a player devoid of confidence. He scored another 2 goals but they were both the last in 3-1 and 4-1 wins (I think) so largely meaningless. He was kept on for last season inexplicably in the eyes of most fans. But he hit a real purple patch in pre-season (for whatever that’s worth) and scored in every friendly bar one (IIRC). Then in the opening minutes of the League Cup groups he got a really bad arm injury and was out until December/January/after the break. After that he did score three goals in three games, including at the Rock and at that point looked like he could be a real threat and a vital part of the run-in. But then he was in and out of the team and struggled to get any momentum but he did have his moments of looking threatening. 
His time at Airdrie wasn’t great but I definitely think there’s a player in there somewhere. At what level though I’m not sure. TBH I think he’d be best dropping down to League 2/Lowland League/WoSFL to get a regular run of games, under a manager who’s going to pick him every week and where ideally he can go on a scoring run. He might be worth a punt however but I wouldn’t want to be relying on him as your main source of goals. He’s better than Eoghan Stokes anyway. 

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Sorry about Lithgow everyone. I had genuinely no idea and was trying to put 2+2 together. I didn’t get 5, I got 37482823.

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That’s 12
I was just trying to show positions we need players in.

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1 minute ago, Scott-Replay said:

Sorry about Lithgow everyone. I had genuinely no idea and was trying to put 2+2 together. I didn’t get 5, I got 37482823.

I think you are spot on with the Lithgow shout, none of the signings today have any sort of relevance to Third rock from the Sun. I suspect that deal may still be bubbling along, unless The Camel's Hump is at it again. 

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56 minutes ago, Bring Back Paddy Flannery said:

He’s by no means prolific, but he has a knack of popping up with goals and I’ve seen a few good finishes from him. The only team he’s had a proper run of starts with was Derry City and he scored 7 in 14 there.

Ally Roy is our saviour.

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2 hours ago, DobbiesAgent said:

I think carswell is as important as any player we have signed the last 5 years, keeping him is quite a big achievement if you ask me. 
 

I think having a couple players more experienced than him (geggan/Boyle) will take the weight of his shoulders a wee bit, add to that some legs beside him in a midfield for a change then he’ll be able to focus on what he’s good at instead of having to do the running of two like he has had to in the past alongside guys like wedderburn forbes and the laziest of them all Hutton. 

Hutton was far superior to Carswell in the season before he left. In all honesty, Carswell hasn't been the same since the year before that which has been highly disappointing for most. He really needs to get back to the player we know he csn be because that's 2 seasons of him not being good enough, in my opinion.

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2 hours ago, The Moonster said:

I think you are spot on with the Lithgow shout, none of the signings today have any sort of relevance to Third rock from the Sun. I suspect that deal may still be bubbling along, unless The Camel's Hump is at it again. 

Lithgow has just signed for Morton I'm afraid.

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4 minutes ago, Jan Vojáček said:

Lithgow has just signed for Morton I'm afraid.

The Camels Hump is cancelled.

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17 minutes ago, Jan Vojáček said:

Lithgow has just signed for Morton I'm afraid.

yep but plenty o fish in the sea.Don't want us overloaded with ageing players. I trust Faz to pull something good out the bag.

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The article about Carsy signing up suggests that Wilson, Frizzell and Ramsbottom haven't got back to Faz on their deals. Suspect all 3 will be gone now.

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Ramsbottom recovered well from THAT goal, but I wouldn't be fussed if he moved on. I don't want Frizzell back. Maybe Faz could get more from him, but for me he was a guy who did plenty of nice things that never really contributed to wins. He just didnt influence games. Wilson I'd keep as I think he's similar to Callum Gallagher. Play him centrally and give him a run if games to get his confidence up and he'll be a goal threat. If you start moving him about the front line or don't give him a chance then his head will go down and he'll get frustrated.

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Wouldn't mind if Steven Boyd was to join us. Notice he declined a deal at Peterhead and always thought if he stayed fit he would score a few.

Probably signed up somewhere else but aye... I quite like him as a player.

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5 minutes ago, The Moonster said:

The article about Carsy signing up suggests that Wilson, Frizzell and Ramsbottom haven't got back to Faz on their deals. Suspect all 3 will be gone now.

You’d think they would have the decency to at least say thanks but no thanks instead of just not getting back to the manager. Frizzell can flare it because he was hopeless in two different spells for us, I never had confidence in Ramsbottom after his disastrous start and I’d only be keeping Wilson as backup so Im fairly shocked he’s obviously found a better deal elsewhere.

I’m confident we can replace them with better.

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6 minutes ago, Bring Back Paddy Flannery said:

You’d think they would have the decency to at least say thanks but no thanks instead of just not getting back to the manager. Frizzell can flare it because he was hopeless in two different spells for us, I never had confidence in Ramsbottom after his disastrous start and I’d only be keeping Wilson as backup so Im fairly shocked he’s obviously found a better deal elsewhere.

I’m confident we can replace them with better.

Maybe the deadline Faz set hasn’t been reached yet rather than them just not getting back to him?

Edited by C'mon_the_Sons

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8 minutes ago, C'mon_the_Sons said:

Maybe the deadline Faz set hasn’t been reached yet rather than them just not getting back to him?

Like has been said above there’s every chance the deadline just hasn’t been reached. It will be rather easy for them just now to sit and see what, if anything, else comes in their direction....I would imagine their last chance will be over the weekend...

 

Whilst they are mulling over their offers it’s nice to see that Faz isn’t just waiting around for them to decide what they want to do and dare I say the longer they mull it over the more likely or keen faz will be to spend those wages elsewhere if he finds someone more keen to join the club. 
 

He strikes me as ruthless but fair does the big man. It’s refreshing to have a gaffer like that in the dugout again 👏🏼

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1 hour ago, BallochSonsFan said:

Ramsbottom recovered well from THAT goal, but I wouldn't be fussed if he moved on. I don't want Frizzell back. Maybe Faz could get more from him, but for me he was a guy who did plenty of nice things that never really contributed to wins. He just didnt influence games. Wilson I'd keep as I think he's similar to Callum Gallagher. Play him centrally and give him a run if games to get his confidence up and he'll be a goal threat. If you start moving him about the front line or don't give him a chance then his head will go down and he'll get frustrated.

Ramsbottom is  a decent enough shot-stopper but he is far too erratic, and for a big guy very jittery with cross balls.  The Play-Off Final second leg was typical; shortly after conceding a goal to a player almost inside the six-yard box who was falling backwards as he headed it, he then froze in terror as another right-wing cross skidded across the goal and narrowly missed the far post.  IMO we can't afford this.

Frizzell promises but far too seldom delivers, and he must be one of the few players I've seen who sees a lot of the ball but almost unfailingly takes the wrong option.  Wilson needs to play in a better team than we were last season, simple as that, but the lad's workrate is good.

I guess we'll know soon enough.

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