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When we were talking about getting experienced pros in I was quite worried we'd plump for Doolan, time will tell I suppose but as a replacement for Shankland that's a massive decrease in quality. 

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When we were talking about getting experienced pros in I was quite worried we'd plump for Doolan, time will tell I suppose but as a replacement for Shankland that's a massive decrease in quality. 

There’s not really anyone we could’ve attracted to Somerset that wouldn’t have been a massive decrease in quality.

We’ve still another striker to bring in and a winger and midfielder so I’m guessing we’re looking to spread the goals out this season.

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As long as McCall doesn't genuinely consider Doolan as a direct replacement for Shankland, then I'm happy. We can't be relying on a 32 year old who will undoubtedly get injuries throughout the season.

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I would say we need quite a big target man now as our final striker, cause the ones we've got at the moment have zero height, don't think Doolan is the tallest in the world but may be wrong.

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As long as McCall doesn't genuinely consider Doolan as a direct replacement for Shankland, then I'm happy. We can't be relying on a 32 year old who will undoubtedly get injuries throughout the season.

McCall said that when trying to replace Shankland he wanted at least one striker with a track record at this level so I’m guessing whoever he brings in next might either be a loan or a lower league striker.

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1 minute ago, D'Jaffo said:


There’s not really anyone we could’ve attracted to Somerset that wouldn’t have been a massive decrease in quality.
 

That's absolutely true, but with the success of Shankland I thought you would've had luck getting in a player on the rise with the example of what you've done with Shankland and Rose. 

 

As it is since his really fantastic 16/17 season he's managed 12 league goals in 66 league appearances? Fair enough if he's a Moff type who brings out the best out of those around him but I don't remember him as that sort of player. 

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If Doollan, McCowan,Moff and Moore can get about 25 to 30 between them the wingers chip in with 5 or so, we get a few from midfielders and a couple from the centerbacks we will be fine one of the issues last season was if Shankland didn't score we struggled I'd be happy to have goals through the whole team not just one guy.

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Are we likely to sign Doohan or someone else today or will it likely be later this week?

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1 hour ago, Superhursy7 said:

If Doollan, McCowan,Moff and Moore can get about 25 to 30 between them the wingers chip in with 5 or so, we get a few from midfielders and a couple from the centerbacks we will be fine one of the issues last season was if Shankland didn't score we struggled I'd be happy to have goals through the whole team not just one guy.

We were guilty at times of overplaying to Shankland last season and of course he also was our penalty taker and free kick taker. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not for one minute saying he won't be a huge loss, however I don't believe our team just totally revolved around him.

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20 minutes ago, WATTOO said:

We were guilty at times of overplaying to Shankland last season and of course he also was our penalty taker and free kick taker. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm not for one minute saying he won't be a huge loss, however I don't believe our team just totally revolved around him.

I thought that's exactly what it did.

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1 minute ago, UpInTheAyr said:

I thought that's exactly what it did.

Only because we made it that way.

It was no coincidence that Shanklands form and Ayr's form dipped massively when we lost Forrest as he was playing as the link man along with Moffat. If Doolan can make decent runs then there's no reason to think that he shouldn't finish quite a few with the quality service he should be getting.

We've also got one of the best penalty kick takers around in Muirhead, so that's another potential headache taken care of.

As I've said previously, if we can get Doohan back as our #1 priority and then add a creative midfielder then I'd be going into next season feeling confident of another good showing.

It shouldn't be underestimated the advantage of keeping most of our squad together and there will be quite a few of our opponents having a total overhaul which as we know ourselves doesn't always bare the best results............

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18 minutes ago, WATTOO said:

Only because we made it that way.

It was no coincidence that Shanklands form and Ayr's form dipped massively when we lost Forrest as he was playing as the link man along with Moffat. If Doolan can make decent runs then there's no reason to think that he shouldn't finish quite a few with the quality service he should be getting.

We've also got one of the best penalty kick takers around in Muirhead, so that's another potential headache taken care of.

As I've said previously, if we can get Doohan back as our #1 priority and then add a creative midfielder then I'd be going into next season feeling confident of another good showing.

It shouldn't be underestimated the advantage of keeping most of our squad together and there will be quite a few of our opponents having a total overhaul which as we know ourselves doesn't always bare the best results............

I'd be more worried about Muirhead giving away penalties than scoring them.

As for Forrest, iirc he was on excellent form but it was only for a few games before he got injured. If he had kept that up over  a bunch of them I'd be more confident of him playing the part of one of the main  players for next season,  but I'm not so sure I see him doing that.  It's a big season for him anyway.

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Kris Doolan...... if you get 5% of the joy we got from him you've got a great signing on your hands, he's a total pro and as much as he loved us he WILL score against us. I'm very jealous of you now whether he can replace Shankland I'm not so sure because of his age, but good luck for the season with him.
Oh and BTW he's a helluva good guy to talk too as well.

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McCall all but confirming Doohan is coming back in his latest interview.

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In an ideal world we need:

1x goalkeeper, 1x right back, 1x centre mid, 2x wingers and 1x striker

However I can easily see us only getting a goalkeeper, a centre mid and one winger.

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We’re probably looking at something like this when everyone is fit 

Hare-Reid

Ferguson  Muirhead Roscoe  Harvie

Geggan Docherty Murdoch Forrest 

McCowan Doolan

 Subs: Graham, Adams*, Bell; Kerr, McGuffie; Moffat; Moore* 

Both currently injured and likely to miss start of the season.

Given McCall wants another 5 players I’d imagine we’ll sign a starting GK, Starting RB, Starting centre mid to replace Doc, Starting winger to replace Geggan and a striker. 

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