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39 minutes ago, airdrieman said:

Daily Record version of this article says that Ian Murray is going to play him in midfield. We will be signing a goalkeeper to play up front after this, I expect.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/local-sport/motherwells-matthew-mcdonald-set-sign-24428076

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24 minutes ago, G_H said:

Daily Record version of this article says that Ian Murray is going to play him in midfield. We will be signing a goalkeeper to play up front after this, I expect.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/local-sport/motherwells-matthew-mcdonald-set-sign-24428076

Aye play some of the midfielders we signed at right back, youngsters will never with this league, same old story with Murray, 

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40 minutes ago, G_H said:

Daily Record version of this article says that Ian Murray is going to play him in midfield. We will be signing a goalkeeper to play up front after this, I expect.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/sport/local-sport/motherwells-matthew-mcdonald-set-sign-24428076

Yeah I’m not convinced by that at all (for right-back or midfield). Though as we know - playing a defender in midfield is very Ian Murray! I wonder if the plan is to play him at right wing or wing-back or as our holding midfielder? I could be making a lot of assumptions, and we don’t know what other players we might have looked at who’ve went elsewhere instead, but it doesn’t say a lot for our planning in that holding midfield position if Plan A was Paul Paton and Plan B is a right-back who’s never played a game of senior football let alone in that position before. Playing defenders in there was literally our biggest problem last season. Even in his natural position it’s not as if we need any cover there. We’ve already got Wardrop and Walker and Kerr, Fordyce, Watson and Ritchie can and have all played there before. If we have to go down the youngster route I’d rather we just signed a proper centre-mid on loan. 

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A 19 year old laddie should be able to play a variety of positions these days and it may well be that he's shown well in a defensive midfield role. Think I'm prepared to wait and see what he's like before I rush to judge about playing him "out of position".

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I don't know if he is signing or not but asked a Motherwell fan about McDonald.

He said he played left back for Motherwell Colts.

He apparently looked a prospect but his only problem was size, he was quite small. He had heard he had bulked up a bit since then and moved to centre midfield but hadn't actually seen him play there.

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3 hours ago, Mybitchunderprotest said:

A 19 year old laddie should be able to play a variety of positions these days and it may well be that he's shown well in a defensive midfield role. Think I'm prepared to wait and see what he's like before I rush to judge about playing him "out of position".

Awe, I wasnt aware of that, been a bit wary since Jack McKay, 

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1 hour ago, Onthefringes said:

Kid can play, make no doubt about that. Injured at the wrong stage of development & last years’ lack of opportunities didn’t help - and I don’t mean first team ready before some jump on that comment.

 

1 hour ago, capt_oats said:

Aye, it feels like that entire group lost a full year or more worth of development with there being no Reserves league.

The only time I saw him was in the Challenge Cup against Spartans. He was playing left back in that game IIRC.

From the Motherwell thread. It's not a particularly exciting signing but the last young player we signed from Motherwell did pretty well for us, so hopefully the same here. We do need cover at left back so hopefully he can provide that as well as competition in midfield.

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I’ve heard from a couple of people he’s a decent prospect who can indeed play in the midfield so hopefully he can come in and do us a turn. Fingers crossed for a decent striker to come as well. 

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If McDonald is a good prospect that can cover a few positions then I'd be delighted with that (particularly left back since I never felt confident having only McCann there last season and would prefer if here was cover for Quitongo). However, I can't imagine we're signing him because we missed out on Paton so I'd still expect another defensive midfielder to come in. Reckon after McDonald joins (assuming he does) we'll only be that one midfielder and a striker or two off of a full squad. Wouldn't be surprised if a third goalie comes in as well although I'm not too fussed about that since Morton have shown us how easy it is to get an emergency loan in if necessary.

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Just noticed the squad numbers are now on the club's website.

1 Max Currie
2 Sam Wardrop
3 Rico Quitongo
4 Josh Kerr
6 Callum Fordyce
7 Rhys McCabe
8 Scott Agnew
9 Calum Gallagher
10 Dylan Easton
11 Thomas Robert
12 Dean Ritchie
14 Jordan Allan
16 Craig Watson
17 Patrick Pyott
18 Jay Cantley
19 Scott Walker
21 Adam Frizzell

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5 minutes ago, ShineOnYouCrazyDiamonds said:

Just noticed the squad numbers are now on the club's website.

1 Max Currie
2 Sam Wardrop
3 Rico Quitongo
4 Josh Kerr
6 Callum Fordyce
7 Rhys McCabe
8 Scott Agnew
9 Calum Gallagher
10 Dylan Easton
11 Thomas Robert
12 Dean Ritchie
14 Jordan Allan
16 Craig Watson
17 Patrick Pyott
18 Jay Cantley
19 Scott Walker
21 Adam Frizzell

Guess no one likes having a 5 in their number

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6 minutes ago, ShineOnYouCrazyDiamonds said:

Just noticed the squad numbers are now on the club's website.

1 Max Currie
2 Sam Wardrop
3 Rico Quitongo
4 Josh Kerr
6 Callum Fordyce
7 Rhys McCabe
8 Scott Agnew
9 Calum Gallagher
10 Dylan Easton
11 Thomas Robert
12 Dean Ritchie
14 Jordan Allan
16 Craig Watson
17 Patrick Pyott
18 Jay Cantley
19 Scott Walker
21 Adam Frizzell

Interesting number 5 has been kept clear, wonder if they have someone in mind

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26 minutes ago, Ayr Diamond said:

Screaming out for a striker you'd struggle to get any of those strikers to score 20 between them and im being generous.

I'm certain there will be at least one striker added to the squad, maybe two. Roy, Carrick, and Connell all departed and only Allan has came in. Easton might play up front with Gallagher and Pyott might get more chances but there's obviously no guarantees with him considering his lack of appearances and frequent injuries. Regardless, I'm hopeful that Gallagher will manage to score more with more creative players around him, our midfield definitely seems more creative on paper than it has for the last few years.

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51 minutes ago, ShineOnYouCrazyDiamonds said:

I'm certain there will be at least one striker added to the squad, maybe two. Roy, Carrick, and Connell all departed and only Allan has came in. Easton might play up front with Gallagher and Pyott might get more chances but there's obviously no guarantees with him considering his lack of appearances and frequent injuries. Regardless, I'm hopeful that Gallagher will manage to score more with more creative players around him, our midfield definitely seems more creative on paper than it has for the last few years.

I have a feeling the striker will come from down south. Sort of the same idea as Raith done last season with the likes of Manny Duku from the National League. 

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30 minutes ago, GoalForAirdrie said:

I have a feeling the striker will come from down south. Sort of the same idea as Raith done last season with the likes of Manny Duku from the National League. 

Maybe West Ham, 

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