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I loved Muirhead in 2012/13. Not sure how to feel about this 10 years on, but he is only 31 and has been a steady Championship player since he left us - so not the worst squad signing. I reckon he'll be a back-up central defender (behind Holt/Akinola/Brownlie) who can fill in at right-back whenever our still-to-be-signed first choice is unavailable. A sort of replacement for both McKenna and Bell.

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If he's third / fourth choice centre half then fine, if he's first choice right back then no.

I wonder -especially if Tiffoney is away- if we'll go to a 352 as our main formation next season.

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24 minutes ago, VictorOnopko said:

If we resign Muirhead, then this man is the next logical step:

 

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5 minutes ago, Fuctifano said:

If he's third / fourth choice centre half then fine, if he's first choice right back then no.

I wonder -especially if Tiffoney is away- if we'll go to a 352 as our main formation next season.

Given the number of CMs we have, I think this would be the logical step. Milne is more than comfortable as a LWB, we’d just need someone to complement that on the right. 

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10 minutes ago, callum-ayr said:

Ian McCall has no imagination whatsoever :lol:  

Hard to argue with that. I am counting down the time until Robbie Crawford is signed up for the coming season.

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23 minutes ago, Fuctifano said:

If he's third / fourth choice centre half then fine, if he's first choice right back then no.

I wonder -especially if Tiffoney is away- if we'll go to a 352 as our main formation next season.

McCall used to love 3-5-2 when we had Simon Storey.

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Just now, jagfox said:

Hard to argue with that. I am counting down the time until Robbie Crawford is signed up for the coming season.

Had Jordan Houston been out of contract, he’d have been a shoe on for you right wing back slot. 

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6 minutes ago, callum-ayr said:

Had Jordan Houston been out of contract, he’d have been a shoe on for you right wing back slot. 

We've been linked with Paddy Reading too. Not sure of his contract status.

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You lot better pray that McCall doesn't fall into the same trap as some of our jobber managers who regularly played Muirhead in midfield. Just awful.

I don't really rate him that highly as a CB, possibly biased because of all the times he's lost his head and given away stupid fouls or got himself sent off.

If he's a back up for you then that should be fine. If you have any intention of being at the top end then he really shouldn't be near the starting 11 most weeks. He's a lower championship/top of league 1 player at best imo.

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Aye McCalls recruitment consists of ex players, players he’s seen play against his teams, OF youngsters and the odd player recommending by an auld pal.

Never anything out of the box with him really.

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Just now, jagfox said:

We've been linked with Paddy Reading too. Not sure of his contract status.

Out of contract and been offered a new deal. Left back so would be surprised with you signing Milne. Has played right back for Scotland u21s, but never for us. 

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2 minutes ago, D'Jaffo said:

Aye McCalls recruitment consists of ex players, players he’s seen play against his teams, OF youngsters and the odd player recommending by an auld pal.

Never anything out of the box with him really.

...and yet we'd take Uncle Ian back in a heart beat.

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4 minutes ago, callum-ayr said:

Out of contract and been offered a new deal. Left back so would be surprised with you signing Milne. Has played right back for Scotland u21s, but never for us. 

Having shipped out Foster, McKenna (who played right wing back) and Stephen Hendrie as well as Kevin Holt playing centre back rather than full back I can see us still being in the market for another full back especially one with the potential to play on either side of the pitch. 

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Seen there’s a few Twitter rumours about Jack McMillan signing as well. Hopefully these are true as he’d certainly be an upgrade on last season and a much better option than Muirhead. Then Muirhead can just serve as a backup for both CB and RB.

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23 minutes ago, AuAl said:

You lot better pray that McCall doesn't fall into the same trap as some of our jobber managers who regularly played Muirhead in midfield. Just awful.

In this case it might be a blessing that Ian McCall is obsessed with the Bannigan & Docherty midfield pairing. With both of them plus Turner and I’m assuming soon to be Crawford as well, Muirhead will be pretty far down the pecking order as a CM. Thankfully.

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28 minutes ago, D'Jaffo said:

Aye McCalls recruitment consists of ex players, players he’s seen play against his teams, OF youngsters and the odd player recommending by an auld pal.

Never anything out of the box with him really.

That's fine with me. Most of our 'out of the box' signings do nothing for us - thinking the likes of Austin, Coulibaly, Ntwambe, Nitriansky, German. Doolan and Erskine were out of the box signings by McCall and they became club legends. I tend to think recruitment - at this level - is a strong point of McCall's; in that he gets more right than wrong, not that he doesn't make mistakes.

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53 minutes ago, D'Jaffo said:

Aye McCalls recruitment consists of ex players, players he’s seen play against his teams, OF youngsters and the odd player recommending by an auld pal.

Never anything out of the box with him really.

He’s the master of Championship mediocrity.  Never the man to take us up. 

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57 minutes ago, AuAl said:

You lot better pray that McCall doesn't fall into the same trap as some of our jobber managers who regularly played Muirhead in midfield. Just awful.

Bannigan, Docherty, Turner and Crawford will all be ahead of him so thankfully that’s an unlikely scenario. 
 

One thing Muirhead would add to the team is a bit of physicality which we have lacked at times this season (notably against Arbroath).     

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...and yet we'd take Uncle Ian back in a heart beat.

Would probably have him back for a year to get a more solid footing in the league but no more than that. He wouldn’t have got us promoted.
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