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12 hours ago, Eric the half a b said:

This is not important right now but apparently been told he wont play for dumfermline again. Also the big swede is still making his mind up n as said before what a turnup for the books if the both signed. 

Just a small point the manager needs advice on how to wear an Airdrie hat just wasnt sitting well.

Surely if the big Swede signed it would be a TURNIP for the books!!

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1st half against Forfar was awful, as it was against Peterhead. But credit to the management for changing it with Hawkshaw, Wedderburn and Thomson; will this change our preferred starting line-up or will we persevere with that with these 3 being the preferred subs (rather than the Roy for Gallagher change that changes not very much). Saw Cameron giving the goalie coach pelters about Hutton ('get him to come off his ****ing line' was one piece of feedback). However in fairness I think Hutton is more a goal-line shot stopper who has always been shy of coming for crosses. Anyone know why Gallagher was not on the subs bench? Is he moving in Jan now Hutts has had a new contract?

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1 hour ago, goodwin said:

1st half against Forfar was awful, as it was against Peterhead. But credit to the management for changing it with Hawkshaw, Wedderburn and Thomson; will this change our preferred starting line-up or will we persevere with that with these 3 being the preferred subs (rather than the Roy for Gallagher change that changes not very much). Saw Cameron giving the goalie coach pelters about Hutton ('get him to come off his ****ing line' was one piece of feedback). However in fairness I think Hutton is more a goal-line shot stopper who has always been shy of coming for crosses. Anyone know why Gallagher was not on the subs bench? Is he moving in Jan now Hutts has had a new contract?

I also saw Cameron giving McKay pelters when Forfar broke away in the first half so it shows they care. They were berating the lino quite a lot as well but I wonder if this is counter productive. ( It rarely worked for Kenny Black) On the matter of McKay and his continued presence yesterday on the McDonald subbing, I just spotted how crucial his first header was at the winning goal, so maybe Murray was correct. Nat also did a lovely break away from the melee to pounce on Crighton's second header-does this suggest a planned move?  From where we were around the Montrose ( The real form team) defeat this is a pleasing time. McCann is a real prospect and Gal/Smith just need a goal run again.

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3 hours ago, goodwin said:

1st half against Forfar was awful, as it was against Peterhead. But credit to the management for changing it with Hawkshaw, Wedderburn and Thomson; will this change our preferred starting line-up or will we persevere with that with these 3 being the preferred subs (rather than the Roy for Gallagher change that changes not very much). Saw Cameron giving the goalie coach pelters about Hutton ('get him to come off his ****ing line' was one piece of feedback). However in fairness I think Hutton is more a goal-line shot stopper who has always been shy of coming for crosses. Anyone know why Gallagher was not on the subs bench? Is he moving in Jan now Hutts has had a new contract?

I think the starting 11 won't change.  The changes yesterday were to change the shape.  I feel its good we have options on the bench to change the shape a few different ways. A few of the guys can play in various positions its just trying to keep everyone happy fit and in form with the game time.  

 

I'd maybe let goalie gal go out on loan and see how he goes.  He was our first choice till his injury but has only played a few games in a year and a half.  Having Hutton be as good as he has been and willison as back up is decent enough.   I think at the start of the season they wanted to see how he recovered from a bad injury but now needs games to get back to where he was. I dont think hed be happy at sitting on the bench every week so maybe a loan would be the best option.  I'd be sad to see him leave permanently. 

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I missed the game as was down south but tweeted my bemusement at Wedderburn coming on so fair fucks to the big man for proving me wrong. He has his well-documented faults but no doubt he has a good eye for a pass. I would be cautious about playing him from the start though. Better teams than Forfar can and will take advantage of his deficiencies especially over a whole 90 minutes. I've been banging on about it for a while now but it was good to finally have some impact off the bench yesterday. I would be reluctant to change the shape or make whole-sale changes though and besides - we'll be all the stronger if we actually have players who can come off the bench and make a difference (Hawkshaw has shown he's a decent player at this level before, Thomson has something about him and hopefully that wasn't just a one off for Wedderburn). We definitely could do with more signings to add some depth and freshen things up though. Nice to keep a rare clean-sheet too. Important to win these scrappy games although hopefully our performances will start to pick up again soon.

Was also going to ask the same question RE Scott Gallacher. TBH I wouldn't mind too much if he was to leave permanently. He seems like a nice guy and is an experienced goalie but, while I understand the reasons for it, there's no real need to have 4 senior goalies at this level and I'd imagine Gallacher, despite barely playing for us, is probably one of the higher earners. Willison is a highly rated young prospect and while I didn't see him in the Montrose game, he was fine in the Stranraer home game (albeit rarely tested). A loan move might be a decent shout though. 

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Just picking up on a few of the points above:-

 

McKay - he had a poor game but his versatility is what saved him from being subbed. Allowed a different system to be played. (don't get me wrong, I wanted him subbed until I realised what was happening)

 

Hutton - seemed nervey at times last week and not quite his usual self yesterday. hopefully just a blip.

 

Andy Ryan - if fit, a fantastic signing

 

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Delighted with this news. If he's fit he'll be a sensational signing. It, also couldn't come at a better time as our front three have definitely gone off the boil in the last couple of weeks.

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What a shot in the arm for the support and the squad this is. 

Ryan, if he gets himself fully ft after some time out the Dunfermline squad, would likely get himself a start. Until then, what an option from the bench when defences are tired and have been pestered all match by Gal and Dale and Smith.

Outstanding. 

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1 hour ago, AndyDD said:

https://www.airdriefc.com/1920news/060120/Winger-Thomson-extends-stay?fbclid=IwAR2Tx-cvJkyU-hcV1jwA112LIHWyjkSCVKxYv-WOqpp69GMoXmG7ick_dXg

More good news. Has to be close to a start as well, but great option for the squad regardless. 

Meh. Don't think he's good enough to play in the Championship but obviously Murray, Cameron, Millar, Prunts etc all have faith in him. If they can coach an end product into him then no doubt he'll be a useful player to have. 

He's a threat at this level though with his pace and trickery. Maybe a due a start - especially since Smith has been a bit off the boil recently. 

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26 minutes ago, airdrieman said:

Meh. Don't think he's good enough to play in the Championship but obviously Murray, Cameron, Millar, Prunts etc all have faith in him. If they can coach an end product into him then no doubt he'll be a useful player to have. 

He's a threat at this level though with his pace and trickery. Maybe a due a start - especially since Smith has been a bit off the boil recently. 

Possibly not, but he's quick, direct and has more than enough to cause teams problems in this league. 

Even if he doesn't get into the XI, he has shown plenty before his arm break and from the bench since returning to make him worth having around. 

Now let's all hope the Ryan news is announced in due course. Not allowing myself to believe it for sure until we get something official. 

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Now let's all hope the Ryan news is announced in due course. Not allowing myself to believe it for sure until we get something official. 


I’m in the same boat - I refuse to believe it until I see it on the club website.

It would be an outstanding piece of business and one that surely gives us a good chance at the title if he were to stay fit.

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Buzzing about this one... need the announcement!! Was sure the club would have the news out by now
Yeah this delay is now concerning me. Hope we've not been gazumped.

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I'm sure it'll be fine, quite confident statements from ITK folk on Facebook.

 

My arse did twitch when I saw that hearts had recalled two loan players from dunfermline right enough.

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Good to see Thomson sign on which helps the squad. Was sent this classic from 1969 and I think the Diamond veterans should be able to identify the wall. Still waiting for Ryan's express to return.

19690201 St Mirren v Airdrieonians.jpg

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