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3 minutes ago, Moonglum25 said:

I don't think it is that we are too good to ship loads of BSC players in - it has been mentioned above if these players were the cream of the team then why has no other L2 sides came in for them sooner.  There is knowing a players capability so hopefully Swift has that or we could be in deep trouble before Xmas. Hopefully they will be a be good enough and prove everyone wrong.  I think that there is an expectancy at this time of the year that we will sign players we have seen and feel they are good enough rather than a number of players few of us will have seen nor have knowledge about.

This past few years we have brought in several players that were lower league "names" or consensus was were good enough, and they have badly underperformed. I'm more than ready to try something different. 

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7 minutes ago, Christophe said:

The bottom of league 2 has been bottle-necked for many a year, the top 4-5 Lowland League sides could compete towards the top of League 2 no problem at all.

If anyone thinks we are too good to ship loads of BSC players in then they are kidding themselves. Sure these boys are more than good enough. I mean the policy for the previous 7 or 8 years has hardly yielded much in the way of success has it? 

That's certainly one way of looking at it. Stephen Swift is bringing in players he can trust and who are attuned to his management and his demands, and he probably got his BSC Glasgow side punching above their weight. I certainly hope they all hit the ground running are a huge success at Stenhousemuir.

The scepticism comes from the fact that not many people will have heard of these players - I'd like to think I've got a solid knowledge of the Scottish lower leagues and I've had to look up every player we've brought in from BSC Glasgow - while scout reports from other supporters has been indifferent at best. Were they in demand from other SPFL sides? I'm not sure. Chuck in the fact that our record of signing players from the Lowland League has been poor over the last few years (PJ Sludden, Ryan Miller, Jack Smith, Kieron Gibbons, Adam Corbett) and I think people are right to be cautious.

Who knows, maybe we've got a few blue-chip superstars lined up to sign on with us and Hibernian have a handful of world-class youngsters they're prepared to loan us!

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10 minutes ago, Saturday Night Slider said:

You seen him in the last 3 year ? 

I have 3/4 times no more than that. I try to get around as many non league games as possible, so I may be misjudging him.

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9 minutes ago, Christophe said:

This past few years we have brought in several players that were lower league "names" or consensus was were good enough, and they have badly underperformed. I'm more than ready to try something different. 

I agree with what you are saying but why do you think they perform so badly with us?  We look on paper to have a good team then nothing. It is very disappointing and frustrating. 

Paddy Flannery was one of these an almost goal every 2 games record for Dumbarton and then comes to us, looking forward to see him scoring on a regular basis and we got nil from him.  Keith Wright was another.

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It is at the humorous stage now with these BSC boys.

I can see all sides of the argument, it does seem like SS has tunnel vision though, as in has he even drawn up a list of targets for positions of players available and these guys are the best? Doesn't appear so. Just a these boys have done well for me so in ye come, which on the flip side can also work.

My worry with the LL is that if you have an ok squad you are virtually guaranteed to finish top 6/8. You then just have to do well out of those to get good finishes and in fairness he has done that.

My gut is as it stands we will be very hard working but maybe not enough to mount serious issues to the better teams. Plenty signings to come though.

Thomas Orr to be announced at 8pm. Ex bsc.

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Our squad so far for the 2021/22 season:

GOALKEEPERS
Graeme Smith

DEFENDERS
Adam Corbett
Ross Lyon (signed from BSC Glasgow)
Jamie Mills (signed from BSC Glasgow)

MIDFIELDERS
Michael Anderson (signed from BSC Glasgow)
Adam Brown (signed from Alloa Athletic)
Declan Hughes (signed from BSC Glasgow)
Callum Tapping

FORWARDS
David Hopkirk
Thomas Orr (signed from Stranraer)
Robert Thomson (signed from Alloa Athletic)

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We've signed our sixth player of the window - Stephen Swift has used his extensive contacts to bring in Jamie Mills, a left-back from BSC Glasgow.


As I said in a previous post, for your sake, I hope he has improved since his days at Forthbank.
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The tears so far from Fabregas et al are an absolute embarrasment to be honest.

Trust the process. We have signed the third top scorer in our league from last season (and for me personally the best I seen) to be coupled with a guy who will tear this league up in RT.

We still have Callum Tapping who up until the restart was arguably the best in his position in the league.

So far we have added a bunch of hungry young lions from BSC Glasgow. Nothing more, nothing less at this stage. I don't know much about most of them (nor do our internet hard men) but Declan Hughes in particular has been regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Lowland League for the last couple of years.

We have just come off a campaign watching a bunch of charlatans. Let's give a chance to those coming in to prove themselves before judgement. 

We still have a lot of players to sign and I'm more than confident Swift will add quality to what we have.

The Swift Era is upon us. Believe guys.

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The tears so far from Fabregas et al are an absolute embarrasment to be honest.
Trust the process. We have signed the third top scorer in our league from last season (and for me personally the best I seen) to be coupled with a guy who will tear this league up in RT.
We still have Callum Tapping who up until the restart was arguably the best in his position in the league.
So far we have added a bunch of hungry young lions from BSC Glasgow. Nothing more, nothing less at this stage. I don't know much about most of them (nor do our internet hard men) but Declan Hughes in particular has been regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Lowland League for the last couple of years.
We have just come off a campaign watching a bunch of charlatans. Let's give a chance to those coming in to prove themselves before judgement. 
We still have a lot of players to sign and I'm more than confident Swift will add quality to what we have.
The Swift Era is upon us. Believe guys.
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As I said in a previous post, for your sake, I hope he has improved since his days at Forthbank.
Why would you hope a rival teams signing has improved. Surely you want him to be as bad as he was when with Stirling A?

As always will take most opposition fans opinions on ex signings with a pinch of salt.
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39 minutes ago, Born To Run said:

Seeing a lot of concern with Swifty’s additions here. Hey, it could be worse guys. You could have had your squad torn apart after losing the best gaffer in the league...😬

Calm down mozza 

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Seeing a lot of concern with Swifty’s additions here. Hey, it could be worse guys. You could have had your squad torn apart after losing the best gaffer in the league...
Is there any ill feeling regarding this from BSC's side? Did they anticipate Swift doing this?

He seemed to have a great affection for the club which some may have thought that he might not have decimated it too much.
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13 hours ago, Neilly said:

The tears so far from Fabregas et al are an absolute embarrasment to be honest.

Trust the process. We have signed the third top scorer in our league from last season (and for me personally the best I seen) to be coupled with a guy who will tear this league up in RT.

We still have Callum Tapping who up until the restart was arguably the best in his position in the league.

So far we have added a bunch of hungry young lions from BSC Glasgow. Nothing more, nothing less at this stage. I don't know much about most of them (nor do our internet hard men) but Declan Hughes in particular has been regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Lowland League for the last couple of years.

We have just come off a campaign watching a bunch of charlatans. Let's give a chance to those coming in to prove themselves before judgement. 

We still have a lot of players to sign and I'm more than confident Swift will add quality to what we have.

The Swift Era is upon us. Believe guys.

Although I've been generally cautious over the past couple of weeks, I'm excited about Tam Orr and I'm keen to see what he can do. He looked very handy on the two occasions I saw him playing for Stranraer and I hope he can reprise last season's form at Stenhousemuir.

I imagine we'll hear back shortly whether or not Cammy Graham, Josh Grigor, Paul Brown and Callum Erskine have signed on for the year ahead. That would take us to a squad of 14, and we'll probably have another six or seven coming in on top of that.

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