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  1. Agree. I'd also get Ralston back to Celtic if we can get another right back. He's championship level at best. I like tanser, but I think he suffers from having no confidence in the players playing beside him in the back line, so feels he needs to go forward. Whatever we end up with, we are really lacking experience and vocal players. Slightly left field (pardon the pun..) but maybe liam craig at left back and push tanser into left CB? Cannot be worse than what is there at the moment and I think we are lacking Liam's voice when he's not in the team. Alternatively, go with 5 at the back and play with wing backs. Whatever it is, this defence is so poor, that until the Jan window opens, we need to change something. So in Jan: Out: Swanson Callighan Estonian Booth Ralson In: 2 CB's with experience and pace Right back Big target CF who can play up top on his own Messi
  2. Exactly this. Kerr has been utter mince. If we have both and Vihman fit and they cannot get into that defence, then why are they there? Another couple of Keown type signings. Clark too has been very poor this season. He is rooted to his line/6 yard box, yet cannot command the 6 yard box. Worst of both worlds. His kicking is utterly awful. How many times does he put it out of play or away from our players. There was one occasion yesterday where all 20 outfield players with the exception of 1 hibs player were within 20 yards of each other, yet he managed to 'find' the one free hibs player. Parrish must be a better option at the moment. How have we managed our recruitment to end up with so many midfielders, but bigger all up front and at the back? May does a hell of a lot of running, but he's never going to get goals coming towards the touchline. I get why he is doing it, but given the wingers we have, just get him to stay central. He 100% benefits from another forward player chasing down the defence.
  3. Would be good if the ground floor is shops and saints stick a club shop in one of them. Given it is GS Brown, each flat sold should come with a free season ticket. 75 flats = c200 people, get even a quarter going and hooked, then would help a bit.
  4. Firstly, if ever there is a manager who should be given time to turn things around, then it should be Tommy. Secondly, we are small margins away from being significantly further up the league. Tommy cannot legislate for missed penalties. Convert them and we are what, 7th? Wasnt at St Mirren, so cannot comment, but in most games we have been broadly a match for the teams we have played. There is obviously glaring gaps in the team, for which Tommy must take some blame, mainly in defence, but as highlighted by the May Saga, we are clearly piss poor at getting deals done. I'd be really concerned if he couldn't see what we see, but that is not the case here. I'm sure if we are still where we are in Jan, the defence will be addressed. I think the argument that things are stale has its merits, but maybe a shuffle of backroom staff could freshen things up. That's how Fergie kept it fresh at Man Utd over the years. Ultimately, I could see Tommy taking more of a DOF position in the next few years. The biggest criticism I could level at Tommy is that he is often too reluctant to drop some players. Kerr and Clark could do with a reminder that they are not nailed on starters.
  5. Exactly this. Worried also that Motherwell are no great team. These are the games we'd have ground a result out of in years gone by. Whole back 4 is too weak and Clark is giving me the fear at the moment. He does not control 'his' area at all. Holt did ok and was at least vocal, but faded. Overall, the team is lacking leaders. I'd have Liam Craig in there somewhere (fitness aside) aswe need someone on the pitch to noise them up. Vihman must be poor in training not to get in this side.
  6. I'd go with this line up, but with Kennedy on the right and MOH just off May. I actually don't think we were too bad on Sunday, so with the addition of Holt, fairly confident of a positive result from this game. Only concern for me is the weekish defence. Would do them the world of good to have a clean sheet. Clark in particular looks off his best this season.
  7. But if the barca or Real Madrid manager said the same about going to Ibrox, the papers would be all over it. He may be right, but shows a lack of class. On the game, I think we'll likely loose by a couple of goals and have a gut feeling Ralston will be sent off. Could have been doing with a winnable game right now after a good point up in Aberdeen to build some momentum. Alternatively, if we get a win, then completely turns around the opening to our season. Tactically, I think we should go with two up front and try and get ahead then move to a 4-4-1-1 and sit in. Predictably, there will be the Rangers 'party songs' that amazingly cannot be heard by the league and SFA representatives in the main stand and the inevitable pitch invasion if they score. Also got a fear on the new ticketing system. First real test with a larger than normal crowd.
  8. As predicted, Tommy feels that Kane needs a confidence boost and he is right. May is the main man up front, but we will need Kane over the season and great man management from Tommy to highlight the work he does. However, I'd rather we had moved Kane on and brought in another experienced front man. I know we are looking for back up at left back, but it wouldn't surprise me if we brought in a more senior striker in January. I suspect the work over the next few months will no focus on contract renewals. Who should we keep, move on and who still has the Jury out?
  9. Ralston has to be better than Duffy. Difficult to judge any player that has played for Utd in the last 3-4 years. Not as negative on him as others seem. My concern is the lack of experience anywhere at the back. What would be ideal is a defender that could play anywhere along the back line. Duffy was signed as a squad player who can cover at RB and CB, so not necessarily brought in with RB specifically in mind. Liam can play LB, so in an absolute emergency, he could cover there.
  10. Killie were no great team today and were there for the beating. However, we never really tested them. MOH played well, but seemed intent on trying to beat as many men as possible. Says 2 things, 1 he is feeling confident and 2. Worryingly doesn't feel there is anyone going to get on the end of what he produces. Kane I hoped would be good alongside May and may well be, but he really isn't a lone striker. Was trying to flick it onto a non existent striker partner. Duffy looked out of his depth, but maybe he can come onto a game. I have my doubts. Most worrying, Kerr was absolutely awful today. Gave the ball away too many times and someone needs to tell him he is not beckenbauer as he cannot play a long pass. May looked likely, but what I did notice that he has added to his game is that he seemed to really be encouraging the other players, Duffy in particular. Was being very clear on where he wanted the ball to be played into. We will play worse and win, but really need, as others have suggested, a creative CM, a right back and another striker.
  11. Would think it will be pretty much this team. Depends on how match fit Tommy thinks May is. If not, then maybe MOH sitting just behind Kane and Spoony in the team on the right giving Duffy a bit of cover. That side, bar Duffy and Kennedy have all either come through the youths or developed at the club in that they came as young players. Throw in that if Gordon, Spoony and May all play, we'd have a fair chunk of our team born in Perth. When would be the last time we had 3 Perth born players in the same 11?
  12. So, in a roundabout way, we paid a transfer fee for Stevie. However, as it wasnt a direct transfer fee as such and was Saints paying Aberdeen a severance payment, then presumably the agent wouldn't get a cut of the transfer fee...... Whatever way, good to see May join. He certainly is keen to come to the club, so hopefully that transfers onto performances on the pitch.
  13. Foster is a decent player and has contributed well to Saints in the last few years, but if he has over stepped the mark, then club would be better rid of him. A player with his experience, should be setting an example. I think we loose on the pitch by not having him, but maybe, it might be good for the growth of Kerr. I'm sure as captain, Tommy will have involved him somewhere in this, which while personally difficult for Kerr, would help his personal development. Also one less competing voice on the pitch. I see Duffy being a bit like Tanser was. A bit raw and not as competent initially as the player he is replacing, but can definitely grow into a fine full back.
  14. If true, then yes. However, if the plan would be to bring some external people in, then maybe you could bring in a general manager CEO who then appoints the other? No idea how much Paul does at the club behind the scenes, but certainly, Saints need to good competent people running the club and if he fits that bill, the obviously a loss. Longer term, we cannot rely on a part time running of the club. Would have to be someone who fits in with the ethos of the club and understands the challenges and restrictions. Dare I say it and I know he is hated in Leith, but a Rod Petrie type character who is an employee, not an owner. Also, we need some non executives that have a wider business reach than local perthshire.
  15. The reality is that the likes of both Hursts, Comrie, Brown, Easton etc are just not good enough for this level. Don't wish any ill on them and hope they have as good a career as possible, but unfortunately for them, for now, it will be at a lower level.