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Magic Monkey

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    Stephen McGinn

    Calm down, pal. He's got a hernia and, according to reports, has been nursing it for some time. His op could have been done in the break to miss fewer games. Instead they've waited until now. Don't need to be a doctor to work that out.
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    Stephen McGinn

    Yeah, that post you've quoted was me developing my point that it should have been done during the break. Totally agree. Maybe it was less serious then, but hernias don't go away, and he was already struggling. It's poor squad/injury management, IMO.
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    Stephen McGinn

    I think that's what gets me: it's been whispered about that he's been carrying an injury for some time, and some might say his performances have reflected that. Without knowing what the injury was, I assumed they were just trying to get him to the end of the season. However, know we know that it's a hernia, and while it's also true that hernias can be 'managed', hearing that there's a possible two-week recovery window, makes me utterly sure we should have acted sooner and pushed his op through.
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    Stephen McGinn

    Shame the league doesn't have a winter break: he could have had the op then.
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    John McGinn

    Ideal scenario for us is they play amazingly, with SJM at the heart of it all, but then miss out. I have no love for Villa so this suits me just fine.
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    John McGinn

    He's on a long deal at Villa, and they look like they've chucked the promotion bid now. Thing is, I can't imagine Jack Grealish hanging around for yet another season at that level when Spurs were so interested last summer. And will Villa sell them both on the same window? Depends how f**ked their finances really are, I guess. It'll be interesting, but at least we've not budgeted for any of this so it'll be a bonus either way.
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    Welcome Mihai Popescu

    Yeah, you can be amazed by something without loving it. +1 for loving his attitude, though. I hope we stay up and keep him - but even if one or both of those things don't happen, it shows the club has an eye for a player once again.
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    Jai Quitongo

    I bet he's got a top celebration worked out just in case, though.
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    Ryan Flynn

    Absolutely mad to think we're missing three potentially first-choice midfielders at the minute - and that McGinn is only just back himself. Really takes the pressure off to know any number of players can drop into a position and perform well.
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    January Arrivals

    Was there not a world beater on the opposition bench? Edit: I tell a lie, he started and was hooked.
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    11 Cup Finals

    So... our existing playing staff all fully accepted the new signings that came in the summer, did they? Oran has, in this article, highlighted a prior concern about the squad accepting the new players, and you don't think that's got anything to do with recent history? I'm not saying it was an English/Scottish thing, btw (I'm English so I'd hope it wasn't) - more a shit player/good player thing. Anyway... it was a very positive article and I'm glad the new guys have settled in well. Strap yourselves in for 11 cup finals.
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    11 Cup Finals

    Thought that was a telling line. This clearly didn't happen in the summer. I think back to that picture I posted from one of the penalty shootouts with all the English/new lads on one side, and a gap to all the pre-existing players on the other side. There clearly was something in that after all.
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    Welcome Vaclav Hladky

    Ah, was just going off what was mentioned in the thread. Now you say it, you're right: it's Popescu who's got the one year option. Extra reason to be cheerful
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    Welcome Vaclav Hladky

    It's our new #moneyball approach starting to pay off. Shame he's not on a proper 18 month deal or we'd have an asset on our hands in the summer, even if we did go down.
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    Speculation Thread

    It's spiralled a bit I was just saying I'd rather have Shuggie back than Neil Lennon. And, for the record, peak Shuggie would be an asset to our current team.
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    It's a Squad Game

    Just had this in my Facebook memories: the TNS game, for which I plonked my 11-month-old boy in front of the TV for his first taste of St Mirren, and prayed he wouldn't pick up any language. This was one of the games that catalysed that season and it became the great escape. That means we were in just as desperate a state precisely two years ago, and we came through it. We can come through it again.
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    New Signings so far...

    Agree with all that. I still think confidence is shot to all hell - we played some decent stuff at the weekend, but also treated the ball like a hot potato at times as well. Hopefully a result at Pittodrie in a game we could easily have won will help to improve confidence. You also saw the Duck raging at one point (ok, more than one point, but I'm thinking of one in particular ) when he had the ball deep on the right (in our half) and nobody was giving him an out ball. Again these are things that will improve when the p[layers know each other's games better. A word on Popescu, though: love that big man. Being potentially able to sign him permanently is becoming one of my top reasons for wanting to stay up
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    Welcome Duckens Nazon

    I take your point (and didn't see those games) but will add that there's been lots of people playing in their 'correct' positions this season who haven't been much good Bear in mind it can depend who you're playing with, who's behind and alongside you, etc. I think it'd be worth a go. In fairness, 4-3-3 is due to come up in Oran's formation tombola at some point soon anyway...
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    Welcome Duckens Nazon

    Yeah, good shout. It occurred to me yesterday when Jackson was doing a lot of his best work away from the centre anyway. Jackson has enough pace but no height: Duckens is lacking fitness, this could be the solution that stretches teams like we rarely have this season. It'd let us be far more direct, too.
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    Welcome Duckens Nazon

    I like him a lot. Wouldn't be averse to pushing Jackson wide in a front three, with McAllister on the other flank. Shame it'd leave us getting ruined through the middle.
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    Speculation Thread

    I'd rather get Shug to get his boots back on.
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    New Signings so far...

    The Duck has got something about him. He's mad as a box of tracksuits, but I reckon he's got the makings of a cult hero.
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    W7/North Bank Treatment

    I'm up for a bit of hangman. Clue: a shite manager and a c**t. _L__ S_U__S
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    W7/North Bank Treatment

    I believe it's autological.
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    W7/North Bank Treatment

    I like this word because it is, in itself, an example of its own meaning.
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