Can we challenge near the top this season?

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Green Sleeves

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With fixtures announced and only 3 weeks to kick off have we got a strong enough squad to challenge near the top?

Looking through the squad we're a bit bare bones but could still put a decent first 11 on the pitch:

Marciano

McGinn, Jackson, Porteous, Doig

Mallan, Halberg, Newell, Allan

Boyle, Doidge

Subs: Dabrowski, Stevenson, Hanlon, Horgan, Murray, The Swiss Hun

A bit threadbare and bench in dire need of freshening up but still Top 6.

Offload The Swiss Hun and bring in 4 more of first 11 quality to challenge for Europe?
 

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No. I think the squad is weak and badly lacking balance.
 

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Not a chance. Struggled to get in top 6 last season (we ended up 7th I know)

With a depleted squad and most likely not a lot of wriggle room in transfer market I reckon we will struggle again.
 

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If Mallan is first 11 then no danger.

He might spend hours practicing kicking the ball but so did Gavin Hastings and that doesn’t make him an effective football player.

Good attitude, works hard, some strike on him including set pieces but I now realise why he wasn’t regular starter at Barnsley.

Sorry to upset people by constructively criticising a Hibs player ? . Softies accept our league positions.

Doig gets a positive news article about playing in the bottom tier and he’s replacing Stevenson who played for Scotland not long back!!

Get Horgan shipped on and try free the wage up. He’s had ample opportunities- like Slivka did - and nowhere near consistently ok.
 

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No' wi' the squad we've got but I expect a few bargains tae be available
 

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If Mallan is first 11 then no danger.

He might spend hours practicing kicking the ball but so did Gavin Hastings and that doesn’t make him an effective football player.

Good attitude, works hard, some strike on him including set pieces but I now realise why he wasn’t regular starter at Barnsley.

Sorry to upset people by constructively criticising a Hibs player ? . Softies accept our league positions.

Doig gets a positive news article about playing in the bottom tier and he’s replacing Stevenson who played for Scotland not long back!!

Wow attacks Mallan but defends Stevenson whilst kicking a youngsters down before he's even seen him. Classy.

Btw you remember Chris Iwelumo?
 

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Wow attacks Mallan but defends Stevenson whilst kicking a youngsters down before he's even seen him. Classy.

Btw you remember Chris Iwelumo?

“Wow” - the 2020 easily shocked response.
Just wow.

I’m desperate for a left back who can offer something in the attacking third and heard Doig is good going forward. Sadly, he won’t replace Stevenson yet as Ross will need more than that article to get excited about him.

Whats Iwelumo got to do with this? Good record in England despite a howler of a miss for Scotland. We all know Stevenson’s been flavour of the month with Hibs managers and even a Scotland one chose him so he is highly thought of and not being replaced by a young blade starting for Queen Park.

Sorry to upset you Rickster.

Next....
 
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The Family

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With fixtures announced and only 3 weeks to kick off have we got a strong enough squad to challenge near the top?

Looking through the squad we're a bit bare bones but could still put a decent first 11 on the pitch:

Marciano

McGinn, Jackson, Porteous, Doig

Mallan, Halberg, Newell, Allan

Boyle, Doidge

Subs: Dabrowski, Stevenson, Hanlon, Horgan, Murray, The Swiss Hun

A bit threadbare and bench in dire need of freshening up but still Top 6.

Offload The Swiss Hun and bring in 4 more of first 11 quality to challenge for Europe?

Sorry not a chance, we need better quality in variety of positions, we also need leaders on the pitch and defenders that challenge balls into the box. I wouldn’t be confident starting a new season with that squad.
 

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“Wow” - the 2020 easily shocked response.
Just wow.

I’m desperate for a left back who can offer something in the attaching third and heard Doig is good going forward. Sadly, he won’t replace Stevenson yet as Ross will need more than that article to get excited about him.

Sorry to upset you Rickster.

Next....

You sound the most upset here dude. I was just shocked at your silly comments.
 

Greenmachine

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Defensively as a team we were nowhere near good enough last season. That's why we finished where we finished. One look at the stats will tell you where we failed. Had the season been completed though, I am confident we would have been top 6 and possibly even finished 5th. We have some good attacking players and a couple of very creative midfielders. In fact we were very good in an attacking sense last season. I think only the Old Firm scored more than Hibs. Basically, we were a good team when we had the ball, but a poor team when we didn't. Ross has to get the balance right and get his tactics right for big games...that was my main criticism from the second half of last season. We failed far too often in the big matches. My opinion as follows;

Goalkeeper; Marciano first choice...Dabrowski as his number 2.

Defence; Full-backs do need upgraded, but a fit Gray and Stevenson would still be my first choice. I rate McGinn more than some do. Not much pace, but a good defender and he is versatile which is going to be very important for us next season. Lewis had a bad season last term, but hopefully he has a decent pre-season this time which will help him. Sean Mackie will hopefully challenge him for his spot in time..as will Doig and Callum Yeats in the next year or two. Central Defence we could certainly do with another left-sided player here.

Midfield; Has to protect the defence much better than it did last season. A couple of hard working defensive midfielders would IMO help hugely. We also need pace everywhere and we need an experienced leader in there. I hope Boyle stays at least another year, but if not we need a wide player with pace to replace him. I would happy to have as many players in the squad with pace as we can get to be honest.

Strikers; Kamberi will be away soon IMO, but he must be replaced with as good if not better. Doidge has been a great addition IMO and will go on to score a lot of goals for us next season again, if he gets good/better service particularly from the wide areas. Jamie Gullan will play much more regularly in the first team next season and I have high hopes for him. He can certainly finish that's for sure.

We need three or four players in with two or three of the young squad being promoted to the first team. I am however realistic as to the quality we can get and how many due to our financial situation. My ones for the breakthrough would be Ben Stirling, Josh Campbell, Josh Doig and Callum Yeats. Huge season ahead for the talented Fraser Murray. My players to be brought in (if possible) would be two defensive midfielders, a full back, a fast skilful winger and a striker. That all depends on who stays and who goes of course.

At present the squad is not good enough for any higher than about 5th or 6th. With a few good additions and promotions from the young team we could challenge for third.
 
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Definitely need to strengthen; there's no areas where we are confident just now, plenty skill in midfield but not enough 'dig' in my opinion. Defence didn't do too well last season so needs a bit of strengthening and we don't have the goalscoring threat up front at all if Doidge falls away a wee bit.

I'd like to see us get someone up front who will play with Doidge. Didge had a poor start, and then hit a golden streak of form. If he fails to find it again we are goosed.

Maybe have a look at that Liam Boyce guy. Is he still at Burton Albion? He kinda disappeared. Although I'm not sure if he can repeat his Ross County form in the current SPL. Maybe a wee club will take a chance on him.
 

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Have a better idea ten games in to the season. We have a group who like to go forward quite well, its the unfashionable dig, tracking back, in your face type we lack. Since I've been a bairn I start the season winning the league, I'm still a bairn. GGTTH
 

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Yes, but I think that every season - even the three relegation ones Ive seen
 

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Difficult to see how we can just now but then again no team has really strengthened so far, have they?

Hopefully JR has a few irons in the fire re signings.
Maybe David Gray’s big sister, Linda.....
 

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We have a lot to do...
 

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Leaving it late as usual to bring bodies in. The squad is ageing. Players like Stevenson, Gray, McGregor are probably only going to decline the older they get.
 

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No

Defence and midfield are useless

Last season we only had two standouts in Doidge(who took ages to get going) and Boyle
 
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