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Everything posted by SpoonTon

  1. It's telling that we all disappointed that QP were doing the right thing from their point of view by dumping players like these. There's obviously the Imrie connection with Gillespie and Jai was a young player with potential at one point but it's a big gamble to try to get both careers back in track. Points to a bit of a struggle to attract quality players.
  2. Yeah, not a fan of that whatsoever.
  3. Quitongo was a brilliant, raw talent as a 18/19 year old, but he's arguably only gone backwards since then. He hasn't seemed to improve much technically and has perhaps lost that fearless edge he had before injuries. I'm sure there are those around him that would say I'm being unfair and that he's still got the talent, but his career has never really got going. There's very little, if anything, to suggest he's what we're looking for (beyond once having, a really quite explosive, raw potential). He would undoubtedly be a better squad player than Easdale, though, but I expect he's just training with us (like many players have done over the years without signing).
  4. I thought that Wilson looked like a player with the potential to be really good at this level, and I do think he'd fit in better in a 4-3-3 type structure (there was often an aspect of him not quite fitting in, I thought), but there's also a part of me that thinks if he doesn't smooth out those (sometimes very) rough edges then he won't ever quite be the player he looks like he might be - he did so some ridiculously bad stuff in amongst his good general play. I think we're going to have to hope Jacobs can find his form or we can find a way to move him on (which Imrie seemed to generally hint at in terms of players who already have a deal).
  5. I had that worry about my season card after signing up for the direct debit last season. It's not the most reassuring system ever - especially with the direct debit where things have to be matched up manually. I did get an email on the week leading up to the first game of the season, when I assume this matching up was done (which was good work on their part considering I had used my email address that I use for MCT and not for gmfctickets). Overall, though, it's usually fine and not worth the worry - despite the lack of confirmation emails, etc. I still can't get my payment to go through this year though. Seems to be quite a few people having an issue with the verification page. I'm not worrying too much because I can get the MCT price any time, but it's not great for those trying to get the early bird price. I'm certainly not alone in having this issue. The club either need to get this sorted today or extend the early bird window imo.
  6. Imagine going back in time to December 2021 and telling your past self that Blues and Muirhead would be signing new 2 year deals. Whatever you think of it now, it's not something anyone would've seen coming then.
  7. I should have known better than to think that I could just quickly pop onto the website this morning and renew my season ticket. I'm now remembering why I ended up paying by direct debit last year - because it was the quickest and easiest way to do it. Issues with authentication check not connecting this time. It does very much feel like any problem resolved with the website just throws up a new problem.
  8. It's a left footed winger, for anyone still guessing. I had McHugh in 6th, with Tidser's with one more cup goal as the tie breaker. It is a list which puts things in perspective, though. We haven't had many goalscorers in recent years.
  9. Pfft, doesn't even make the top 5...
  10. A striker who finds the net once a month would be our top goalscorer. Reilly came onto a game in the second half of the season, but he never really liked like he was going to score loads of goals.
  11. This move had been rumoured for ages. The talk was that he had moved (or was moving) back down there, so it was a move which really made sense for him. He's at a stage of his career that a move back to his hometown club was going to be difficult for us to compete with.
  12. While I agree that some form of vision is important. What happens if we do push a vision for aiming for promotion, increase the budget intentions, and then we still only sell about 500 or so season tickets? Selling a vision with words and slogans is one thing, having the finance to back it up is another thing entirely. People come back to the club when they see financial investment (on and off the pitch) and a bit of success - but those running the club don't have the financial backing to do all that much at this point. The balancing act going on here is incredibly important to try to get right, but it's also incredibly difficult.
  13. I've always thought Baird's awful.
  14. Low was in the cowshed for the ICT match. He is the type of player that we don't have among our current midfielders.
  15. My view at the start of the season was that Killie would win the league simply because no-one else was capable of it. Arbroath have done very well this season, they've been hard to break down and found some goalscorers, but the fact they've managed to go quite so far is a sign of how mediocre the league has been. It also shows what can be achieved in this league by a well organised team.
  16. I felt that Ledger defended really well from right back but didn't really show the other qualities of a full back or wrong back, but his performances at centre back were always a bit patchy (I'm not surprised he never made that position his own over the last couple of years). If he could really nail down and improve in either position then he'd be up to this standard, but that probably won't happen playing second fiddle in both roles. So it's the best decision all round, I think. He's definitely cut the kind of figure that is easy to wish the best in the future. I hope he finds somewhere he can nail down his role and improve his game.
  17. There's sometimes talk on here about the benefits of putting together a team made up of the best part-time players, like Arbroath have done. But the other aspect of it is that they have been very good at picking up and improving players who have come from a similar or lower level. Their squad is made up of players from the likes of Queen's Park, Forfar, East Stirling, Airdrie, Berwick, Stranraer, Morton, Raith, and Dunfermline - complimented with good loan signings. They seem to have a group of hard working, talented players with the right attitude. There's no substitute for actually having a decent eye for a player, and knowing the right players to compliment each other. I think the second half of the season showed that the squad was at least part of the way there. The trouble is that we might lose quite a few of the better players (Brandon and Reilly already, with Strapp, Hamilton, etc. undecided). I suspect Imrie is wary of changing too much and risking too much, hopefully that won't backfire. Ideally I would've liked to have seen us make minor changes to the squad (replace Reilly and Brandon and improve upon Oliver, Jacobs, Ledger, and McEntee). We would know the worth of what we had, and look to compliment that with good signings. As it is my worry is that we're going to be left with too many of the poorer players and not enough space to make those shrewd signings.
  18. Moving to 4 at the back would also involved finding centre backs who are good enough to do that. I'm not sure Ledger and McEntee were (although with McEntee I think it's decision making and judgement, he seems to have the physical attributes and he might have been fine alongside the right partner). That means being able to find a couple of central defenders who are actually commanding and competent enough to do the job. For all we know the discussions with McLean are more along the lines of if we get our defensive targets there won't be room for him, but if we don't then it's plan B and stick with the back 3. Perhaps we'll aim to play with the back 4, but injuries or other reasons might mean switching to the 3/5 at certain points. Nothing really seems in the "ideal" category when it comes to Imrie's squad building this summer.
  19. Ledger going is the right decision (if we made that decision). He's the weakest of the centre backs and offers nothing moving out from the right back position. Perhaps he and Russell decided to go because they wouldn't have been regular starters. Russell was potentially a good replacement for Strapp if he could regularly play at his best (he was actually pretty decent in most of his games, even if he had a couple of nightmares). Hopefully Strapp stays. The most surprising thing here is that Oliver isn't part of this list. He's not without his strengths, but hasn't done enough to really justify being kept on in any particular role. We need to shift McGrattan, Easdale, and Jacobs to justify keeping Blues and Muirhead. That being said, we wouldn't want to put any of our sponsorship deals in danger... Imrie has perhaps sounded out quite a few players already, and is wary about the quality of players he's going to be able to attract to the club.
  20. Sam Ramsbottom, Kalvin Orsi, and Joe McKee watch on as Gregor Buchanan (own goal) and Ross MacLean help Dumbarton towards League Two. That's almost walking football there. No wonder so many of these guys come up here and look so far off being ready for competitive football.
  21. Yeah, there's a risk with McLean and I'm not saying I'd necessarily want him kept on (particularly because of that injury record). But he's more secure at the back than Ledger, and has a far greater influence on those around him. I don't think it's surprising that our defence has been better with him in the team. My point is more that that he shows up how far off the level required that Ledger is (who I don't think has covered either position well this season, which has been disappointing). With Hynes being here for another year we might need to go with him as short term cover at right back, but I think we need better cover at centre half than Ledger.
  22. Like others have said, it's difficult to make judgements without knowing details of how much of the budget is being taken up. I don't think there's much of a decent argument for keeping Ledger. The goal at Arbroath is typical of how his season has gone. Oliver has also been disappointing. There's flashes of the player he can be, but not enough. Unfortunately Jacobs, McGrattan, Easdale and Hynes are still under contract. I think there are better arguments for the remaining players. Muirhead had been effective backup, but it depends on how much of the budget he takes up. Ugwu and Reilly are both good enough when at their best. Blues can be effective at what he does well, but we already have midfield backup. McLean, despite making some errors, has been our best defender much of the time he's played (and is much better centre half backup than Ledger). I'd keep Brandon but that might be expensive. Russell, on form, is good backup and possibly a good replacement for Strapp (but I also have a nagging uncertainty there). Strapp and Hamilton are no-brainers for me, same with Wilson. The young players are probably better out on loan for a while.
  23. Yes and no. That's definitely a problem, from our position you should retain only those who are the best among what you have. Also from our position there are too many risky signings, so being able to retain the best of what you have is usually more helpful than trying to fill an entire squad. The most vital aspect is always being able to bring in better players than what you already have. Quality players also help those around them. A blank slate isn't the end of the world, and better than being lumped with players who aren't good enough, but it's also not ideal. I mean, it is positive that Imrie can make his own choices over who he wants to retain among the regular starters (and, as always, there shouldn't be a rush to retain players who aren't exactly world beaters). It's negative that what we saw last night is what we have already - I'd take an entire blank slate over the position we're currently in.
  24. I absolutely agree that squad depth is important and something that we've lacked, but despite how poor we've been of late this team has taken us to safety from a pretty desperate place at Christmas. Ugwu and Riley are infinitely better than Easdale. Of course they would be of more help to players like King and McGregor. Players learn from playing alongside better quality players. The front three last night are lowland league quality, our other forwards are lower championship/upper league one quality. I also agree that the priority is signing quality first team players. There's no point just trying to fill out a squad. A good squad is best improved over time, from bringing in quality players. That's why I think it's pointless retaining McGrattan and Easdale as squad players - why retain players who already aren't good enough to start in the squad we have? Blues has at least shown in recent months that he had something about him, but not enough that we can retain him with the rest already signed up. In an ideal world I'd retain most of the starting players who have got us to this position, and look to add quality to that. As it is I'm worried that we'll be looking to bring in as best we can to start, with dross to back it up.
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