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  1. Player Contracts + Transfers

    I'm more concerned that some of the players don't have the ability to spot the run. Cummins used to be guilty for missing sitters but he's not even getting into position to do that any more. The last decent chance I can remember him having was against Rangers at home. His confidence seems completely shot and maybe he does need a move to try and rekindle the form we saw from him in his first few months with us.
  2. Player Contracts + Transfers

    I can't see Craig leaving because he has 18 months left on the deal and Tommy rates Alston so unless he asks to go or we get an offer, I think he'll stay too. I suspect Watson (remember him?) and Millar can be added to your list in their place though. I actually expect we'll end up having Kane back and Kerr will stay out on loan. Gilchrist hasn't played since the European matches so I'd be alright with him going regardless of anything else. That may leave short at the back, but it's just delaying the inevitable he'll leave whether it's in January or at the end of the season Johnstone can go. but we may end up stuck with him depending on the terms of his loan though. Agree completely about Thomson. He's never going to be good enough and would be better off trying to forge a career in the lower leagues.
  3. Player Contracts + Transfers

    Davidson is the only one I'd definitely sign up right now. Anderson, Mannus, Paton and Maclean will almost certainly get offers as will Alston I'd imagine. Anything is possible with regards to the rest. Tanser has not been too bad, but I wouldn't have him in the 'definite keep' list quite yet. I reiterate what I said about Johnstone previously. Even if he doesn't have a break in his loan contract, I'd tell him to bugger off back to Colchester as he clearly isn't good enough.
  4. Player Contracts + Transfers

    Any idea who it is? I'm guessing McMillan?
  5. Player Contracts + Transfers

    I'm pretty sure we've got a year option in his contract. I remember him saying at the time that he was happy to extend his stay with us for a further 3 years. I may be overly confident, but Muzz is one that I can't see moving on now unless he (or we) are made an exceptional offer. He's actually not far away from a testimonial now.
  6. Player Contracts + Transfers

    I think Hendry might be injured. He wasn't in the U20s squad last night and hasn't had a look in at top team level for a while either. I don't think there's any adequate excuse for not spending money on the squad over the next couple of windows and will be exceptionally disappointed if we don't. It's clear to everyone that the squad needs freshened up and there's money sitting in the bank and plenty of deadwood out of contract at the end of the season. We've been linked to Benson and McMillan in January, so we're obviously looking for players. I do hope they're in addition to and not instead of O'Halloran as he is the only player with real pace in the squad.
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    Always a controversial view to hold, but I preferred it when we were playing in the first division. For the reasons above and it was cheaper to get into away matches. Pedro Caixinha liked to talk about the end of footballing cycles. This does feel like the end of this (very successful) cycle. Much like the last time we were in the top flight, the players we're bringing in to replace those leaving aren't of the same quality and we're struggling to compete financially with pretty much everyone else in the league, even if we do have a big cash reserve to play with. The ones that are still here are getting older and older and there's always a fear going into each season that it may be one too far for some. I can't see us going down this season, but I do think we will see a big turn around of players next summer.
  8. Player Contracts + Transfers

    Kane is what he is. I don't think he'll quite make it sadly, but he's effectively still got 3 years on his contract. It might be that he spends large chunks of that out on loan, but I think he'll still be a Saints player until that contract expires. I'll never understand the logic in giving him so long. He might be a relatively cheap option to have, but I think he's a 5 goal a season striker at best.
  9. Player Contracts + Transfers

    Clark Gordon Kerr Shaughnessy Comrie Alston McClean Tanser Scougall Kane Hendry Probably the best side we could put together if only using players 25 and under. Not as disastrously shite as it could be particularly in goals and defence. Also managed to avoid playing Thomson and Gilchrist who think will leave us next summer.
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  11. Partick v Saints 28/10/17

    Forgot to add - I read a post earlier in the thread which said that Tommy should have rebuilt the squad 3 years ago. That was the summer that he wasn't allowed to sign any players until the middle of August because the chairman wouldn't let him. I think Tommy has done quite an incredible job replacing key players that have either being phased out, left or have gone into retirement. Mackay and Wright replaced by Foster (Fisher too) and Shaughnessy (who contributed very well to one of our strongest ever defences last year). May went and we've struggled to replace that individual but we've somehow achieved higher finishing positions and more points than we ever did with May in the team. O'Halloran left, we replaced him with Swanson, then when Swanson left we replaced him with O'Halloran and Scougall. Clark will be Mannus' long term replacement isn't a significant downgrade, Millar can't get into the squad any more because of the options Tommy have brought in to replace him. Finding a long term successor for Maclean is probably our biggest issue and that has proven impossible so far. The club will certainly have to open the purse strings a bit more if the best we can attract is Johnstone and Cummins with the budget we have. The football isn't always pretty (it rarely is in fact) but Tommy has a pretty remarkable record of maintaining us at what is realistically our highest possible point with one of the lowest budgets in the league. If we regress this year, so be it. I'm sure Tommy will find a way to challenge further up the table again next year.
  12. MOTM Partick Thistle 1 - Saints 0 - 28/10/17

    Comrie is the correct answer to this question. A real plus point on a poor day.
  13. Partick v Saints 28/10/17

    One thing I would point out given a lot of the comments have been quite negative after this match. Last season we beat our top flight points record and that was achieved by the bulk of this squad. The only first team regular we have lost from that side is Swanson, and we've replaced him with Scougall and O'Halloran. We would have liked to have kept Scobbie, but he decided to leave after being offered a significant pay cut. Given that we're still in the top half of the table and well clear of relegation, I think Tommy and this set of players deserve to be given time to turn things around before we completely hang them out to dry. Yes, we all know Denny Johnstone just isn't good enough in a position that should have been the priority in the summer and that will absolutely have to be addressed in January, but I'd like to think the rest of the squad and the manager have enough credit in the bank to give the club the benefit of the doubt until the January window closes at least. Come next summer we probably do need to think about clearing out some of the longer terms members of the squad. Whether they are past it or perhaps gone a bit stale, we could probably use some fresh blood/options in a lot of positions.
  14. Player Contracts + Transfers

    I agree that he probably is Tommy's best striker signing. He's only scored 5 goals since the start of last season and hasn't scored at all this season though. He's a nuisance and has his purposes but I'd rather we gave someone else a go and he's the only one who I can see Tommy releasing. Kane has 3 years on his contract () and Macca is always likely to get an offer of an extension and if he wants to carry on playing he's likely to stay with us.
  15. Saints v Ross County

    I think Comrie has earned the right to start until his form dips or he gets injured. Foster hasn't had a particularly good start to the season and he acted like an arse (again) at Dens. He can take a seat on the bench if he is fit.