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Andy Ryan going no place ,in local paper Crawford said he trained with the the team and is available for selection ,don’t know what to think ,thought it was a done deal !!!sick sick 


Aye but Sir Iain Russell said it’s true so it must be!!


https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/local-sport/striker-andy-ryan-sent-cheeky-21230261.amp?

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On 06/01/2020 at 22:41, Passionate said:

Hopefully Andy Ryan is on the back page of the Tizer next week after riding into town on his white charger.....

 

 

Isn't that him in the painting in Baillies Lane?

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I think that some fans are getting overexcited about the possible return of Andy Ryan, if it happens. He had a wonderful season with us and was brilliant. However, I think it unlikely that he would perform at the same level if he comes back. He has had a number of Injuries and he is severely lacking in game time. I certainly think we do need another striker and I personally would welcome him back. However, those who expect him to continue as he left off are likely to be disappointed.

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I think that some fans are getting overexcited about the possible return of Andy Ryan, if it happens. He had a wonderful season with us and was brilliant. However, I think it unlikely that he would perform at the same level if he comes back. He has had a number of Injuries and he is severely lacking in game time. I certainly think we do need another striker and I personally would welcome him back. However, those who expect him to continue as he left off are likely to be disappointed.


Booooooo

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1 hour ago, waysider said:

I think that some fans are getting overexcited about the possible return of Andy Ryan, if it happens. He had a wonderful season with us and was brilliant. However, I think it unlikely that he would perform at the same level if he comes back. He has had a number of Injuries and he is severely lacking in game time. I certainly think we do need another striker and I personally would welcome him back. However, those who expect him to continue as he left off are likely to be disappointed.

I've had reservations about it but have changed my mind over the last few days. If he's available I'd MUCH rather have him for us than against us and it would give the club/fans a real boost.

Also, even if he only gets half a dozen goals - which is more than I can see Roy getting - it could make a 12 point difference turning draws into wins. I think that's how we have to view new signings now - how many points better off will we be if they join? (Big Nat gained us 2 at the weekend and I'd fancy Andy Ryan to have a bigger impact than that!)

The guy was a match winner for us before and with our current front 3 quite flexible he would give us competition, talent and flexibility across those positions. 

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I think that's the right approach.  The question isn't, will he set the heather alight and play like he did before? but can he get us more goals than we would get without him?  I think the answer to the first question is "probably not", the answer to the second, "highly likely". 

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4 hours ago, waysider said:

I think that some fans are getting overexcited about the possible return of Andy Ryan, if it happens. He had a wonderful season with us and was brilliant. However, I think it unlikely that he would perform at the same level if he comes back. He has had a number of Injuries and he is severely lacking in game time. I certainly think we do need another striker and I personally would welcome him back. However, those who expect him to continue as he left off are likely to be disappointed.

We have never had a striker since he left 

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Aye, we're essentially in a position where the current squad has done well enough to have us up and well in the title fight, so you're looking to hold on to those players and see if the squad as a whole can be strengthened and enhanced here and there to go that step further or at least solidify that position in the top four. 

That was a freakishly good season, nobody should expect that, but it is reasonable to expect him to enhance the squad and increase the overall number, not to mention quality, of our options in the forward area. 

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Some of the expectations are obviously very high, and it's unlikely he'll hit the ground running and be the same player as last time, there is a reason (not really sure what mind you!) he is having to drop back to this level. At the very least though he would be someone who could come on for the last 20 minutes to replace/play alongside Gallagher and be a goal threat. Carrick and Smith have been great this season but neither are goalscoring central strikers in the way Gallagher and Ryan are so when Gallagher comes off we don't have any real options. On Saturday we moved Smith through the middle which I don't think is a viable option longer term, he just doesn't score enough goals. With Thomson and Roy we would also have decent back-up options for Smith and Carrick. We'd essentially have 2 players for each position across the front 3. The league is so tight this year that pot luck is going to have a huge influence in terms of injuries/suspensions. The more options we have the better.

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Don't want to be to over confident but there's a lot of posts selling Ryan short in my opinion. Why cant he come back as good as before, or even better? He's still got plenty years left in him, he's been playing, albeit not a lot, and training at a higher level with bigger exlectations. He will be coming back with something to prove and fire in his belly.

Not sure how he will fit in but I doubt it'll be super sub for the last 20 mins. We've struggled for goals in recent games and I think Ryan can be the guy to get them for us. More competition to keep the others on their toes. 

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See McCann confirmation on Twitter. Like that lad a lot and firmly believe he's one we'll be cashing in on further down the road. Probably a victim of his height that he's not playing at a higher level, yet I've not seen him lose a header. Pleased with this business.

https://www.airdriefc.com/1920news/080120/Leon-is-a-Diamond

Now we wait.......

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See McCann confirmation on Twitter. Like that lad a lot and firmly believe he's one we'll be cashing in on further down the road. Probably a victim of his height that he's not playing at a higher level, yet I've not seen him lose a header yet. Pleased with this business.#
https://www.airdriefc.com/1920news/080120/Leon-is-a-Diamond
Now we wait.......


He’s an excellent player.

Still trying to figure out what possessed Hamilton to let him move to us.

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2 hours ago, Glenmavis Diamond said:

Don't want to be to over confident but there's a lot of posts selling Ryan short in my opinion. Why cant he come back as good as before, or even better? He's still got plenty years left in him, he's been playing, albeit not a lot, and training at a higher level with bigger exlectations. He will be coming back with something to prove and fire in his belly.

Not sure how he will fit in but I doubt it'll be super sub for the last 20 mins. We've struggled for goals in recent games and I think Ryan can be the guy to get them for us. More competition to keep the others on their toes. 

Got to agree ,why won’t he be better ,as he is now dropping down a level , it would be a good bet if we did sign him he would end up our top goal scorer ,

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2 hours ago, stuartcraig said:

 


He’s an excellent player.

Still trying to figure out what possessed Hamilton to let him move to us.

 

Exactly this. Their loss is undoubtedly our gain.

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Andy Ryan is coming home announcement should be made tonight!!!!

This would round off a great day of business for Airdrie. Just refreshing the clubs website page waiting on the big news!!

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Just now, waysider said:

I heard from a reliable source that it was definitely a week on Friday.

What's going on ffs,   The hysteria regarding his signing is getting too much.   Just sign him, this could have an unsettling effect on the team for a very important game on saturday....

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