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Thread: Squad for next season!

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    Squad for next season!

    After seeing other comments, i had a look see as to what the starting point is for next seasons squad. Thought things couldnt get worse after this season but its not a good starting point!

    We start with Josh Donalson as keeper, and having never seen him, i can make no comment. Deniz is out of contract but i feel should be given another season as he proved good enough when we finally bit the bullet and dropped Lewis. A mistake that we really need to learn from!

    Defence gives me the skits! Toshney and Scobbie should be drop kicked into whoever wants em! Edje and Murdoch might make muster if Ralston and Moshni can be tempted back, but if better can be found, send them out!

    Our player of the season, Stanton, i have no issue with keeping for midfield, but i have doubts about McMullan, King and is Allardice good enough to help us next season? When he takes a game, McMullan can pull a trick out the hat and score a cracker or 3. But there is the other side having been sent off twice. King is just frustrating and wonder what the problem is with him. My feeling is another squad member is having a negative effect on him! I think we are duty bound to sign Fyvie up for another season, even if that is just to see if he can get back playing, then back to his best for us. I would also give Gillespie a chance to prove what he can do.

    Dont have much to say about up front as Keatings has his now documented issues which he seems to be beating. As for Matty Smith, i do think there is something there and has not been given the chance so maybe next season. Unless we can find better, i would have Mikkelsen back, but i think i would be the only one for that.

    Departures from a squad of 31 leaves us with 11 players, 5 or 7 of which could be asked to find other clubs. I would offer 5 of the out of contract a new deal which leaves us still looking for as much as 18-20 players!
    So for now we have
    Donaldson,
    Toshney, Murdoch, Edje, Scobbie
    McMullan, Allardice, Stanton, King,
    Smith, Keatings.

    At least its 4-4-2!

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    Haha, that does make depressing reading!!!

    I wouldnít want any of that back four... really donít know whatís happened to the Edge, he was decent if not spectacular initially but his form has fallen off a cliff.

    Only Stanton from the midfield ideally but King/McMullan are decent back-up. Both have ability, we just need a manager that can get a tune out of them.

    I donít really see what others see in big Phil, he doesnít do enough for me and isnít strong enough.

    Hopefully Keatings will be fully recovered and Smith will be better for another yearís experience.

    Big task for the manager (whoever it is but please not CL) to rebuild.

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    I'd keep Stanton but other than that we need a clear out.

    We’ve not been good enough last 3 seasons, time to build a credible team with some quality and no deadwood we can’t afford it for cash situation or need to get back up.

    Some will ride out their contracts not playing, their prerogative and our legacy of mismanagement unfortunately.

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    There is so much fear in the game these days, managers and coaches have made a very simple game very complicated.

    A very average manager, with a lack of fear would have got us to at least second place this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spikeontheright View Post
    There is so much fear in the game these days, managers and coaches have made a very simple game very complicated.

    A very average manager, with a lack of fear would have got us to at least second place this year.
    Agree 100% - and average manager would have won this league.

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    It amazes me anyone would think we had the players to do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryTheTerror View Post
    It amazes me anyone would think we had the players to do this.
    You think the clown deserves to stay, so your judgement is cloudy at best.

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    That's fair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryTheTerror View Post
    It amazes me anyone would think we had the players to do this.
    Do you think St Mirren had better players(on paper)than us? Genuine question and not a dig.

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    Deniz will stay if offered. Shame he has bad injury now.

    Defence could keep Mohsni, durnan, Robson and Murdoch. Durnan not an elegant player but he can defend. Underrated his contribution in last 2 seasons

    Stanton, Gillespie, fyvie, king, mcmullan. I wonder if Scott Fraser will be persuaded to stay.

    Slater didnít really get his chance but then didnít manage to force his way in.

    Lyng to be sent as far away as possible.

    Mikkelsen can be kept as need target man. Matty Smith stays as young prospect

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    Why do we want to keep Murdoch? I know heís under contract so has to stay anyway but why would we want to keep him?! An actual eight bsck is needed.

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    Murdoch did alright save for couple of errors in play offs in about the last 10 matches. Decent personality and did well left back and in centre with Mohsni

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    Moshni
    Fyvie
    Stanton
    Keatings
    Ralston (if he finds he isn't in Celtics plans for next season)

    Build from there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitfieldarab View Post
    Do you think St Mirren had better players(on paper)than us? Genuine question and not a dig.

    On paper we had a Premiership team. On the park we had a Championship one. In reality potential and reputation mean nothing when it gets down to performances. We hired or loaned the lame, the halt, out of form, injury prone, twilight individuals, etc. At the start of the season It all looked so good. Yes St. Mirren had better layers than us, they scored more goals, lost less goals, won more games, lost less games and got a barrowload more points than us. IN the broad scheme of things our premiership team was written on toilet paper.

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    Would agree with Shedka plus Deniz and maybe Durnan. He's decent enough at this level only.

    Would love to sort something with Ralston. He's been the one bright spark in our horrendous season. Sad times when a Celtic reserve player is our best player.

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    Mohsni was also a bright spot. We need to get him signed up for next season and that would be a very good start to squad building

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    Keep Deniz once fit but need cover

    If Celtic will let us keep Ralston I'd have him in a shot. Keep Mohsni, Murdoch and at a push Robson but he needs to get his act together next season.

    Keep Slater, Gillespie, Stanton and McMullan. Fraser will probably be off in the summer.

    Keep big Tam, Keatings and Matty Smith. McDonald will take his professional Celtic punditry elsewhere

    Still well short of a team to get us out of this league
    Last edited by Arabdad; 13-05-2018 at 11:33 AM. Reason: To correct my spelling of Mohsni and add an FTD for the hell of it

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    I really hope we've seen the last of Jamie Robson. Never seen a more cowardly defender

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryTheTerror View Post
    It amazes me anyone would think we had the players to do this.
    Did you think at the start of the season St Mirren had the players?? One of their better players this season was Smith, who was average at best for us. They are a very mediocre squad who have been guided and organised by a very good manager. We had, on paper, the best squad in the league but we lacked leadership and cohesion all season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobafett View Post
    Did you think at the start of the season St Mirren had the players?? One of their better players this season was Smith, who was average at best for us. They are a very mediocre squad who have been guided and organised by a very good manager. We had, on paper, the best squad in the league but we lacked leadership and cohesion all season.
    Agreed.

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