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Our recent success and march up the league has been largely due to our defensive set up …any losses in that domain would only reverse that trend so can’t quite understand McCall’s thoughts on no more defensive additions now that Bell is back from injury after a long absence .

A flexible centre back ,creative attack minded midfielder and an out and out “poacher” would be a minimum to get us over the line for playoffs .

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Midfield is the priority, need a creative player on the opposite wing to Tiffony. Would also allow Turner to play through the middle.

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It is a very positive sign that we are looking transfer windows ahead and are more worried about losing players than how are we going to get rid of some players.

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4 hours ago, Anniesland Jag said:

Our recent success and march up the league has been largely due to our defensive set up …any losses in that domain would only reverse that trend so can’t quite understand McCall’s thoughts on no more defensive additions now that Bell is back from injury after a long absence .

A flexible centre back ,creative attack minded midfielder and an out and out “poacher” would be a minimum to get us over the line for playoffs .

I suppose his thinking is that we still have Hendrie who hasn’t made much of an appearance yet.

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IMC “I’d like to have 14 or 15 under contract by the start of next season, so that the club is evolving properly. I hope within the next two weeks we’ll have 11"

By my reckoning we have 10 at the moment.  Maybe Sneddon will be offered a longer contract shortly? 

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57 minutes ago, JAG1970 said:

IMC “I’d like to have 14 or 15 under contract by the start of next season, so that the club is evolving properly. I hope within the next two weeks we’ll have 11"

By my reckoning we have 10 at the moment.  Maybe Sneddon will be offered a longer contract shortly? 

Or Rudden.

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2 hours ago, Lenziejag said:

I suppose his thinking is that we still have Hendrie who hasn’t made much of an appearance yet.

The fact Hendrie isn’t getting a look in speaks volumes,might be best to bring in a tried and tested utility Championship level defender in case our bad run of injuries possibly rears it’s ugly head again .

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53 minutes ago, jaggymct said:

or Akinola

He's under contract beyond this season so won't be #11 but IMC did mention about getting him signed up for even longer. 

Good point from GRE2  about Rudden, IMC did want him signed up earlier this season. 

Be happy to see all 3 get extended contracts. 

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4 minutes ago, JAG1970 said:

He's under contract beyond this season so won't be #11 but IMC did mention about getting him signed up for even longer. 

 

Apologies to Jaggymct, I'm wrong about Akinola contract! Only 1 year deal currently. Must check my facts before typing next time :getmecoat:

 

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3 hours ago, Anniesland Jag said:

The fact Hendrie isn’t getting a look in speaks volumes,might be best to bring in a tried and tested utility Championship level defender in case our bad run of injuries possibly rears it’s ugly head again .

Does it though ? We have just gone 7 games conceding just 1 goal, pretty much with the same defence throughout bar Mayo missing once or twice.

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Must be very difficult for second choice keepers these days. At least outfield bench warmers get the odd run out yet it can easily be argued having your 2nd string goalie fit and match ready is more important. No Reserve/U20 football to fall back on as well.

No opinion one way or other but there could be a valid argument to starting Stone tomorrow evening. League level opposition without the points at stake only adds to that argument.

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Except, M'Lady, tomorrow night Thistle could equal the club record of 7 consecutive matches with no goals conceded AND Sneddon could be the first keeper in Thistle's history to achieve 7 consecutive clean sheets.  The previous record  of 7 was in 1920/21 when Kenny Campbell achieved 5 on the bounce followed by Rab Bernard then Campbell again. Pretty cruel if he was dropped.

I realise I may just have put the mockers on the whole thing!

 

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2 hours ago, a f kincaid said:

Except, M'Lady, tomorrow night Thistle could equal the club record of 7 consecutive matches with no goals conceded AND Sneddon could be the first keeper in Thistle's history to achieve 7 consecutive clean sheets.  The previous record  of 7 was in 1920/21 when Kenny Campbell achieved 5 on the bounce followed by Rab Bernard then Campbell again. Pretty cruel if he was dropped.

I realise I may just have put the mockers on the whole thing!

 

Apart from just jinxing it there is also a place  in the next round and presumably some money in the transfer window fund to play for.  I think that this round in particular requires us to put out our strongest team.

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I think that if money were no object the Ian McCall would probably sign a defender just in case. However he has a budget to work within and with which to build a balanced squad!

So far I think he has done well. For example, Holt left back (also central defence); Foster right back (also left back) McKenna, right back and central defence; not to mention Akinola, Mayo, Bell and when he is fit Brownlie. There is also Niang. I would say we are OK in defence as long as we don't have a catastrophic run of injuries.

I also think we have the numbers for  midfield (counting Tiffoney as a wide midfielder)

Perhaps we need a wide  right midfielder with Tiffoney's pace and another goal scoring striker. Murray and McIver need a little bit more devopement before they reach first team level. Otherwise with Smith there as well we seem well off for cover. We do though need more creativity in midfield but I think Turner could provide that if played more in a central position.

My big point though is who would we leave out from midfield or the striking positions if we sign players for these areas?

 

 

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