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    2018 Summer recruitment

    Thinking ahead to the squad we will have, which areas do you think we need to replace and if you have any thoughts on who we could go for?

    Leaving the club are as follows: -

    Midfielder - Ryan Christie (end of loan - Celtic)
    Midfielder - Kenny McLean (end of loan - Norwich)
    Midfielder - Chidiebere Nwakali (end of loan - Man City)
    Goalkeeper - Freddie Woodman (end of Loan - Newcastle)
    Forward - Nicky Maynard
    Defender - Anthony O'Connor
    Goalkeeper - Danny Rogers
    Defender - Dominic Ball

    So as a minimum: -
    2 Goalkeepers out (need to replace 1)
    2 Defenders out (already have one replacement in waiting through Micky Devlin, although we all would like to try and improve our LB area)
    3 Midfielders out
    1 forward out (Possibly excess given we took in May after Maynard signed)

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    To kick it off with players we know.
    the only out of contract players from the Scottish Premiership I would consider is: -

    Youssouf Mulumbu - Defensive Midfield, but may be likely to want to head back down south.
    Jason Naismith - Right-Back, could give some decent competition for Shay Logan
    Alex Schalk - Striker, but a risk of being anothe rMiles Storey
    Dylan McGeouch - Attacking Midfield, can be injury prone and likely to be out of our price range and reported he would like to try down south

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    Quote Originally Posted by afc1903mad View Post
    Thinking ahead to the squad we will have, which areas do you think we need to replace and if you have any thoughts on who we could go for?

    Leaving the club are as follows: -

    Midfielder - Ryan Christie (end of loan - Celtic)
    Midfielder - Kenny McLean (end of loan - Norwich)
    Midfielder - Chidiebere Nwakali (end of loan - Man City)
    Goalkeeper - Freddie Woodman (end of Loan - Newcastle)
    Forward - Nicky Maynard
    Defender - Anthony O'Connor
    Goalkeeper - Danny Rogers
    Defender - Dominic Ball

    So as a minimum: -
    2 Goalkeepers out (need to replace 1)
    2 Defenders out (already have one replacement in waiting through Micky Devlin, although we all would like to try and improve our LB area)
    3 Midfielders out
    1 forward out (Possibly excess given we took in May after Maynard signed)

    A major rebuilding job required. I honestly donít think he will try for a new left back as he like Considine and has a vast amount of players to replace.

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    Donít be surprised if McInnes goes out his way to keep OíConnor and Stewart. Christie wonít be back unless Celtic take pity on us and realise he wonít be playing for them at all anyway.
    I donít mind Christie but I hate the system that allows loans in the same league as it is somewhat corrupt.

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    I don't hold out much hope for our team being as good as it is now. The change needed is immense and I don't trust the club to get it right.

    No chance of LB being brought in I agree. McAnus is too stubborn to think we need one and it gives him and the "scouts" more hassle than they want

    Hopefully GMS and May step up and Devlin turns oot to be a gem. That would help big time

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    Quote Originally Posted by afc1903mad View Post
    Thinking ahead to the squad we will have, which areas do you think we need to replace and if you have any thoughts on who we could go for?

    Leaving the club are as follows: -

    Midfielder - Ryan Christie (end of loan - Celtic)
    Midfielder - Kenny McLean (end of loan - Norwich)
    Midfielder - Chidiebere Nwakali (end of loan - Man City)
    Goalkeeper - Freddie Woodman (end of Loan - Newcastle)
    Forward - Nicky Maynard
    Defender - Anthony O'Connor
    Goalkeeper - Danny Rogers
    Defender - Dominic Ball

    So as a minimum: -
    2 Goalkeepers out (need to replace 1)
    2 Defenders out (already have one replacement in waiting through Micky Devlin, although we all would like to try and improve our LB area)
    3 Midfielders out
    1 forward out (Possibly excess given we took in May after Maynard signed)
    You missed out Arnason & Stewart?

    Also donít be surprised to see Reynolds released.

    And if we get what Milne sees as a good offer for McKenna, then he could be gone too.

    Too hard to say & too early to say.

    And as Iíve eluded to in another thread god help us if Russ Richardsonís wee black book is the place weíre shopping from!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RED_JOHN View Post
    Don’t be surprised if McInnes goes out his way to keep O’Connor and Stewart. Christie won’t be back unless Celtic take pity on us and realise he won’t be playing for them at all anyway.
    I don’t mind Christie but I hate the system that allows loans in the same league as it is somewhat corrupt.
    I do worry you could be right about O'Connor. Stewart might be okay if we can get him fit at start of season but would be a risk of sorts because unless he improves on this year then it doesn't move us forwards.

    I think we would only take Christie back if it was on a permanent deal and to be honest I am cooling on that idea given his form since xmas. Frankly he doesn't deserve to even be in our team at the moment so he has next to no chance of getting anywhere close to the Celtic team

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Zone View Post
    I do worry you could be right about O'Connor. Stewart might be okay if we can get him fit at start of season but would be a risk of sorts because unless he improves on this year then it doesn't move us forwards.

    I think we would only take Christie back if it was on a permanent deal and to be honest I am cooling on that idea given his form since xmas. Frankly he doesn't deserve to even be in our team at the moment so he has next to no chance of getting anywhere close to the Celtic team
    I wouldn't mind us signing Stewart as there are enough signs there he could be good and getting him a full pre-season could reap rewards.

    Christie won't be back to Aberdeen. I reckon he'll be sold to the championship

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    Quote Originally Posted by afc1903mad View Post
    I wouldn't mind us signing Stewart as there are enough signs there he could be good and getting him a full pre-season could reap rewards.
    He got a full pre season as he signed mid june did he not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pacman1903 View Post
    He got a full pre season as he signed mid june did he not
    Not quite.
    Aberdeen had been back for 2 or 3 weeks before he arrived.

    I just reckon a full pre-season and 2nd season benefit (like Hayes) and we'll see a better output from him.

    As I said, he's shown enough in games to be a valuable member of the squad.

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    Recruit Jack Ross.

    The rest will take care of itself

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mason89 View Post
    Recruit Jack Ross.

    The rest will take care of itself
    Youíre assuming someone wants DM.
    Irrespective if we lose the next 6 games on the spin, he ainít getting the tin tack anytime soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by afc1903mad View Post
    Not quite.
    Aberdeen had been back for 2 or 3 weeks before he arrived.

    I just reckon a full pre-season and 2nd season benefit (like Hayes) and we'll see a better output from him.

    As I said, he's shown enough in games to be a valuable member of the squad.
    Fair dos. He would have missed some intense stuff in that case

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    Get Mulumbu

    If not him then someone very like him.
    A tough b'astard thats clever enough not to get booked every game.

    That's all we need at the moment, spend some money on this one player and forget about 4 other squad fillers.
    If our youngsters are not good enough for the squad and the occasional appearance from the bench then why do we bother at all with the youth teams?

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    With Tansey on his way back in the summer it will be like a new signing. 😱

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mason89 View Post
    Recruit Jack Ross.

    The rest will take care of itself
    Nah...he will be too busy trying to keep St.Mirren in the top flight. Neil Lennon would be the better option for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by afc1903mad View Post
    To kick it off with players we know.
    the only out of contract players from the Scottish Premiership I would consider is: -

    Youssouf Mulumbu - Defensive Midfield, but may be likely to want to head back down south.
    Jason Naismith - Right-Back, could give some decent competition for Shay Logan
    Alex Schalk - Striker, but a risk of being anothe rMiles Storey
    Dylan McGeouch - Attacking Midfield, can be injury prone and likely to be out of our price range and reported he would like to try down south
    Would definitely take Naismith - Logan has played lwb plenty down south though with the County lad's obvious attributes - would be no surprise to see him line up alongside Shinnie in the engine room. His versatility would be invaluable in what will be another small squad, proven at this level, capable of moving up a level and good potential to do so and am assuming he'd see 2 years at Scotland's second best as decent path to English gold. Disappointed we haven't already made a move. We'll no doubt be priced out y League 2 giants in the summer sales.

    Can't see us being able to entice Mulumbu or McGeouch and with the squad surgery required - to put all our eggs into one attractive wage would leave us woefully short next season.

    Would try and get Naismith signed - him and Devlin would be solid starts and then we'll wait expectantly to see who Richardson has found for us in midfield in time for the Europa qualifiers - gulp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinnydesalvo View Post
    Would definitely take Naismith - Logan has played lwb plenty down south though with the County lad's obvious attributes - would be no surprise to see him line up alongside Shinnie in the engine room. His versatility would be invaluable in what will be another small squad, proven at this level, capable of moving up a level and good potential to do so and am assuming he'd see 2 years at Scotland's second best as decent path to English gold. Disappointed we haven't already made a move. We'll no doubt be priced out y League 2 giants in the summer sales.

    Can't see us being able to entice Mulumbu or McGeouch and with the squad surgery required - to put all our eggs into one attractive wage would leave us woefully short next season.

    Would try and get Naismith signed - him and Devlin would be solid starts and then we'll wait expectantly to see who Richardson has found for us in midfield in time for the Europa qualifiers - gulp.
    I work with naismith's brother,he's a hun,(his brother is st mirren) theres interst from huns apparently and thats his preference or down south where there's also interest,he wont be signing for us i wouldn't think

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    Quote Originally Posted by nice1simmy View Post
    I work with naismith's brother,he's a hun,(his brother is st mirren) theres interst from huns apparently and thats his preference or down south where there's also interest,he wont be signing for us i wouldn't think
    Suggest we look at a list of players that are out of contract from League One & League Two in England.
    A good few will come from there.

    As for players up here?
    Iíve heard folk suggest mulumbu & McGeoch.
    Both good players.
    However both will be down south next season.
    I also like Glen Kamara at Dundee but heís under contract until next summer.

    My guess is any players from up here will be from the next level down.
    Someone like Ali Crawford at Accies for example.
    Oh aye, and about 5 or 6 on loan again

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    Who will Celtic give us though? Exciting times.

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