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  1. 13 points
    Yep, last thing we want in our squad is a young striker with a bit of raw talent who's played for Finland U-21s and looked interested in at least trying to bring some flair and creativity to our painful, predictable, hopeless, goal-less approach. I can understand people thinking Eetu didn't do enough when he was here, but what I can't understand is people not thinking it might have been a good idea to try to develop and encourage and get the best out of this player, instead of chucking him in the bin. It's just absolutely bizarre to me that the club invested so much time, money and resource in getting him here, but don't seem to have been willing to invest anything in him at all once he was actually our player. They practically spent longer trying to get his work permit sorted than they did actually giving him a chance to play. It's an absolute embarrassment the way we've treated this guy.
  2. 8 points
    Most of the players I'd have wanted we'd have to have moved on months ago, as it is we've, yet again, gone into a Summer window without anything in the works to strengthen us. Are you not embarrassed by this attitude? A 22yo kid who mover country to play for us, who got no minutes in out strongest team, publicly embarrassed by his manager, and then ostracised, and you're happy to write him off and slag him simply because you're completely unwilling to do anything but defend the manager?
  3. 7 points
    Clearly we need a goalkeeper and a striker but personally I see it as a bit of a red flag that CD has said nothing about being in the market for a central midfielder. We've lost all three of Bryson, Butterfield and Craig since the end of the season and have no real ball-playing central midfielder in the squad. We spent way too much of last season trying to play Murray Davidson in that position and I'm convinced that played a huge part in our problems. We desperately need someone who can collect the ball from the defence and pick out a pass. Unless one of either MacPherson or Gilmour is going to seriously step up this season, I'm struggling to see how that issue is going to be resolved.
  4. 7 points
    chips

    The Big Summer Transfer Window 2022 Thread

    ADAM MONTGOMERY COMING IN ON LOAN
  5. 6 points
    Radford 72

    Thoughts on Season Ahead?

    Then ultimately wasn't sacked quickly enough to reverse a slump that led to an embarrassing relegation... There are definitely echos of 2001/02 looming.
  6. 6 points
    garydavidson

    Thoughts on Season Ahead?

    Callum aligns with Sandy Clark - tremendous success with someone else's squad and then struggled to replace important aspects of it.
  7. 6 points
    I must of missed this explanation. But if, as he says he got into trouble over it all, why still come on here ‘disclosing’ company secrets which Saints like to keep to themselves? I have been privilege to lots of insider info over the last 40 years but it stays with me and that’s why I am still privileged to get snippets.
  8. 5 points
    slf

    Thoughts on Season Ahead?

    I am looking forward to some stonking away days and getting blitzed in other towns with the troops. choo choo the noo. toot toot
  9. 5 points
    Radford 72

    Thoughts on Season Ahead?

    The potential emergence of Kucheriavyi in particular is potentially one ray of light. Other than Danny Swanson, the real game changers for Saints over this period in the top division have been players brought in at a young age or home-grown, the sort we couldn't otherwise attract or afford. The manager has spoken about players that can go past a man and Kucheriavyi maybe fits that description? It's obviously a huge pressure to put on a young player but Ali McCann managed to emerge from a group that weren't in a great position in 2019, so maybe history can repeat itself?
  10. 5 points
    Northern saint

    Thoughts on Season Ahead?

    I think it is hard to be positive about the season ahead. Firstly, there has been no change in the management structure, coaching staff worthy of calling it change. This team failed to address the numerous deficiencies within the team by continuing to play a system for which they no longer had the personnel to do so. With so many players out of form, they never changed the team. No matter how bad the players played, they played the next game. Hardly inspiring for the rest of the squad. As for the team, I don't expect any further signings. Two reasons for that. Why would anyone wish to come to Saints when they will never get a chance to kick a ball for the first team? (How different to when they saw Saints as an opportunity to progress). The owner is no longer as committed as he once was. Having seen so much money wasted, he won't wish to lose more to boost the spectators. On the field, I hope Sinclair gets his chance. I think Mahon is potentially better than McCart. Holberg was good. MacPherson may become a defensive midfield player. I'd like to see Eetu and Bair given an opportunity together. Wright may give them some ammunition, but I thought he flattered more than delivered. As for Max, Gilmour, Ballantyne, I hope they get opportunities. I just doubt it. Realistically, it will be the usual suspects played out of position and in the wrong style. I hope I'm wrong.
  11. 4 points
    Who are we competing with? Of the bottom half sides Hibs and Aberdeen have both spent over £500k this Summer. St Mirren have replaced their key losses with Trevor Carson, Declan Gallagher and an Australian CM who is in the discussion for their World Cup squad. Livingston have had their targets lined up for months and already have them in and their squad set, you know what you're getting with them. Kilmarnock have Derek McInnes and the "largest budget they've ever had" to spend yet. So who are we gaining ground on? We've lost arguably our 4 most important players and don't have Wotherspoon or Kane back until October/November.
  12. 4 points
    The manager. For one that has a "plan b", coherent transfer policy and some actual ambition to attack the opposition.
  13. 3 points
    cristo

    Season tickets

    Thank you, the link worked and I've just bought my first ST since 1976.
  14. 3 points
    Even if you think Vertainen is not very good, his moving on in this manner is still a loss to the club in terms of reputation and may make other foreign players think twice about coming here.
  15. 3 points
    If that’s true he needs to have a lie down and think about it
  16. 3 points
    ^^^ see that right there, that's Boris levels of deflection. We never won a game out of our first 10(ten) fixtures. Callum Davidson sanctioned the players leaving as well as dithering on players coming in, losing out on some decent ones. Eventually signed 19(nineteen) of which they contributed in something ridiculous like 38 percent of minutes. Paid fees for utter garbage. Baffling lineups, playing loads of players out of position and seemed utterly clueless on how to change things when his preferred system was found wanting. Don't even get me started on his interviews, oaft.
  17. 3 points
    I agree and recently said similar on another thread. We desperately need a player in the middle of the park who is a leader and comfortable on the ball. So many of our problems last season came from struggling to keep possession of the ball, which resulted in our defence constantly having to face wave after wave of attack from the opposition. We need someone in there in the mould of a Morris or Millar who will take control, be comfortable in possession and organise others around them.
  18. 3 points
    mainstand

    Pre season friendlies.

    I just hope to god he is not an electrician. Nothing will work as he can't do any positives.
  19. 2 points
    Ginger Bakers rebel army

    Season tickets

    Increased by 90 over the past week , now 2,079 plus padded. Would be great to get to 2,500 before league starts but going to raid some big signings news to push ahead.
  20. 2 points
    mainstand

    Pre season friendlies.

    i thought that was just a Aberdeen fan on twitter having a lark about as when he was reminded of a 4th player he changed it to 4, note all ex aberdeen players
  21. 2 points
    May and Kane are not the answer to our goal scoring problems. It may seem harsh, but they are part of the problem. I love them both. They put in a shift, take a hammering from defenders but they do not score goals. We can’t keep running with a squad of non-scoring strikers if we are to address this issue.
  22. 2 points
    Think that'll stop Callum?
  23. 2 points
    rik2304

    22/23 SPFL League Table

    1. Celtic 2. Rangers 3. ? 4.? 5.? 6.? 7.? 8.? 9.? 10.? 11.? 12. St Johnstone
  24. 2 points
    Johnny B

    Thoughts on Season Ahead?

    They heard we were coming to train for a week . The hotel hired extra Physiotherapists to asset the expected injuries
  25. 2 points
    Good stuff, nice to see none of them make the easy move to another Scottish side. Always feels slightly better when they go south.
  26. 2 points
    I've zero interest in going through it all again, I made things clear a month or so ago and got myself in bother so won't be repeating it. I'm also now just tired of the finger pointing everyone is doing in regards to last season, nobody comes out of it well and lessons need to have been learned from it, instead of just brushing it off as the fault of others. Folk can believe what they want about what happened but I won't be speaking about it on here again, it's not helping anyone to dredge this all up every few weeks anymore.
  27. 2 points
    RandomGuy has explained previously what he was doing for the club, I don’t think he needs to tell the whole story again (unless of course he wants to) RandomGuy’s version of events tie in to what I’d heard previously. Very much a team effort but Davidson always had the final say on who we spoke to and then ultimately who we signed. Some of the players the manager brought to the table were signed, some of Grieves were too. I don’t think we’ll ever be any the wiser who’s responsible for what signing (although you can probably make educated guesses based where some of the players were sourced from). It’s all academic now anyway, Davidson is still here, Grieve is away. We’ll see soon enough if Davidson can muster up a good window this summer without Grieve’s help (a solid if unspectacular start with the 2 signings made already, in my opinion). Whatever happened, the appointment clearly didn’t work in the way any of us hoped it would. Wright always talked about wanting a head of recruitment, so maybe Grieve just came a bit too late to have the kind of impact that he could’ve had under different stewardship.
  28. 1 point
    slf

    Season tickets

    Amazing . the enthusiasm of the support is encouraging.Just shows that the moaning jessies and unhappy clappers are just a blowhard minority. We are Perth ya bass.
  29. 1 point
    Yeah ,apart from transfer fee I doubt if Linfield paid the majority of his wages last season or this. A few grand down the tube .
  30. 1 point
    His face obviously didn't fit.Good luck to him.Judging by CDs ability to identify a good player the boy should be a roaring success.
  31. 1 point
    Generally....StM, Livi, County, Killie M'well and maybe Utd. I don't see Hibs & Aberdeen making the same mistakes this season. I don't see the players that the others are signing are that great to worry me too much. Personally, I am going to wait and see who we sign (if anyone!) and how we look in the first games of the season before worrying too much.
  32. 1 point
    I've seen some comments online of folks pinning some hope on Theo Bair to score goals. I know he wasn't played much, but when he was on he seemed sluggish or lacked intent to harass and get stuck in. That's pretty key to the Scottish game or at least the way we play on often poor surfaces.
  33. 1 point
    of those six games, though we got trounced by Celtic, which could happen to any side when Celtic are in their groove and the other heavy defeat was Hibs at the end of the season when we deliberately didn't play the main players....so not sure that shows the 'real' picture. Now I am not saying everything in the garden is rosy...but with a decent keeper and with a decent midfielder I don't think we will be that far apart from the others around us. If Bair hits the ground running he might be the attacker we are looking for.
  34. 1 point
    Why? Am I not allowed to say the squads weak and lacking quality unless I produce a 10 page document profiling potential targets?
  35. 1 point
    Rumours are that the Chairman wanted to offer over and above to Hendry, but that Davidson said that Kane will always be his first-choice striker when fit, so it wasn't worth it.
  36. 1 point
    Cagey

    Pre season friendlies.

    I like it. A bit of a shock though.
  37. 1 point
    You really are bitter and twisted about the 2 of them aren't you. Nothing worse than a woman scorned they say well I think they have found it
  38. 1 point
    Eetu apparently signing for Linfield. Don't know if it's a loan or permanent. Hope it is permanent and he gets as far away from Davidson/McLean as possible.
  39. 1 point
    I’d still like us to go for Scott Alan
  40. 1 point
    He tore his hamstring at Easter Road I think and never really got back into the first team squad after that.
  41. 1 point
    that is hi, thanks. also in order to get the wing backs through the youth system you would really need to have them playing that way, know some teams do it but if a manager at first team level plays a certain style the rest of the club will adopt that style to. Do youth squads play a 3 or 4 at the back.
  42. 1 point
  43. 1 point
    ejksjfc

    22/23 SPFL League Table

    I honestly think next season will be much better than last. Last season we had horrendous luck with injuries and refereeing decisions neither can be as bad again especially with the introduction of VAR later in the season. Hopefully I am not being overly optimistic but I do think we have a top 6 level squad (the goalkeeper position is a worry though)and I do think we should be showing more faith in the very talented youngsters we have either in the squad or out on loan.
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    Pat McGroin

    Thoughts on Season Ahead?

    There’s no T in Considine but there is in Constantine
  46. 1 point
    rik2304

    McCart - Gone from the BBC

    Good move for him but his form disappeared off a cliff and was very disappointing tbh.
  47. 1 point
    Will his sister Mariah come to watch him though? I’ll get my coat….
  48. 1 point
    Cagey

    Thoughts on Season Ahead?

    We have both been on this site since Nov 2005 and I don't think I have seen you as critical of Saints as this past season. You were usually quite positive. This was directed to Radford not me .
  49. 1 point
    pezza70

    22/23 SPFL League Table

    We are definitely not stronger thus far looking at our player gains v player losses. I have no idea where our goals are coming from
  50. 1 point
    Na, this must be a first mind you. Random probably can't be arsed repeating it though.