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Maybe it’s just me, but we seem to be a bit heavy in terms of numbers in defence and up front - yet really light in midfield.

Don't get me wrong, I know that Burke and Walker are still young lads, but aside from them we have four centre backs and only two full backs. Given that Crighton and Fordyce played most games last season (and rightly so in my view, as they are our best defenders), it seems a bit excessive. I’d have thought we’d maybe want more cover in the full back positions.

In terms of strikers, again we have a couple of young lads there but five in all, which seems a lot given the financial climate we’re in. Yet I still feel we may be a player short in that area.

Given that we only really have one out and out centre mid (and even then, he’s more a utility player) I still think we need two players in that position. I’d feel better if we added a fourth ‘experienced’ winger to O’Reilly, Robert and Thomson too. 

Think what I’m trying to say is that I feel we’re four players short (full back, centre mid x2 and striker) but the squad already seems pretty big, so would be surprised if we got all that!

Pleased with most of the business the club has done and the team is definitely taking shape - with those positions I’ve suggested above filled, I think we’ll be there or there about at the top of the league, but I just hope we’re not over stretching ourselves financially by having a bulky squad!

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2 hours ago, Stevo1968 said:

Expect the assistant manager to have two roles at the club that’s all I’m saying!

Colin Cameron to return AND pull the boots back on. 

There's yer experienced ball winning centre mid, folks. Come to think of it, was also a dab hand at the forward pass anawl.

If it's good enough for Danny Lennon... 

 

 

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Expect the assistant manager to have two roles at the club that’s all I’m saying!

 

I had actually thought about Stephen Whittaker coming in after hearing he was looking to get into coaching and his hibs connection with Murray. But has since gone to Dunfermline .

Will be interesting to see who comes then .

 

Think sorting a CM with experience and more quality than last seasons is pivotal if they go with a CDM pairing of Kerr & McKay a creative forward thinking CAM is needed. Or if like has been mentioned on here carrick drops back an experienced CDM to sit with McKay is required.

 

As for goals I’m not so worried I think Gallagher and Carrick will get their fair share again and hopefully Roy and Robert can chip in too. I suppose that could be a problem if carrick goes back to midfield we may need another goal scoring forward if he won’t get as many from there.

 

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For me it has to be the signing of a proven goal scorer(s) in the Declan McManus mould.  I don't see the present strikers being able to provide the threat up front that we need to gain promotion. Gallagher will score his plus ten as always but I don't see Ally or Dale being prolific unfortunately. Just look at the sides over the past few seasons who have been promoted, they have all been able to call on a natural finisher who wins tight games for them i.e Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

The lack of goals from midfielders and defence last season was a major factor in our win ratio in evenly matched games. I would hope that our new midfield signings have goals in them.

The major plus side for me this season is starting with a quality settled defence who will only go on to improve. Just give us more threat up front and I'll be happy.

 

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55 minutes ago, Diamond72 said:

For me it has to be the signing of a proven goal scorer(s) in the Declan McManus mould.  I don't see the present strikers being able to provide the threat up front that we need to gain promotion. Gallagher will score his plus ten as always but I don't see Ally or Dale being prolific unfortunately. Just look at the sides over the past few seasons who have been promoted, they have all been able to call on a natural finisher who wins tight games for them i.e Bobby Linn (Arbroath).

The lack of goals from midfielders and defence last season was a major factor in our win ratio in evenly matched games. I would hope that our new midfield signings have goals in them.

The major plus side for me this season is starting with a quality settled defence who will only go on to improve. Just give us more threat up front and I'll be happy.

 

Agree , we are in a better than most though in the strikers dept, we have reasonable depth and decent enough though,   in all honesty there are not many options out there,  if someone can name me 5 strikers available who can get 15 to 20 goals, you will be doing g well.

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30 minutes ago, AndyDD said:

On the facebook page, someone is saying that these are the away and 3rd kit shirts

If so, absolutely tremendous. 

Airdrie away top.jpg

airdrie 3rd kit.jpg

I need to see the red one on something other than a red background before I judge.  Anyone have decent photoshop skills?

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8 minutes ago, DiamondJack85 said:

Saw those strips on twitter before, they are design concepts by some site called DesignFootball so not the actual strips.

 

... And that's why i'm glad I said 'someone is saying'. 

I'd like to take this opportunity to distance myself from this baseless internet rumour. 

Ahem. 

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8 hours ago, Passionate said:

Agree , we are in a better than most though in the strikers dept, we have reasonable depth and decent enough though,   in all honesty there are not many options out there,  if someone can name me 5 strikers available who can get 15 to 20 goals, you will be doing g well.

8 hours ago, Passionate said:

Agree , we are in a better than most though in the strikers dept, we have reasonable depth and decent enough though,   in all honesty there are not many options out there,  if someone can name me 5 strikers available who can get 15 to 20 goals, you will be doing g 

The striker we sign will be from south of the border.

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A shame about those not being the genuine kits as they would be fucking belters. The actual kits have a lot to live up to now! In saying that I've liked all the efforts of the last few seasons and this year's home kit is a cracker so I'm sure we won't be disappointed. 

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3 hours ago, Passionate said:

Will that be part of the West Ham link up,  or a another target all together.

 

I’ve heard rumours from a couple of folk saying we’re taking a forward on loan from West Ham. The rumour mill seem to have been pretty spot on with our signings so far.

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38 minutes ago, Nipper said:

With all the talk about H R and West Ham, I can only think of Laurie Leslie and Sandy Clark as a link between the clubs.

Also Justin Fashanu, Allen McKnight and Tony Weldon.

Frank MacAvenie played a couple of friendlies for Airdrie under MacDonald. 

There has been a couple of others but I can't remember who. 

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