Can we challenge near the top this season?

Greenmachine

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Defence is a weird one, only position we actually lack depth in is LB. we have 4 first team CB with possibly a 5th if Ben Stirling makes the step up, 2 RBs in Gray (albeit his fist was concerns) and mcginn then only really Lewis at LB with Mackie who don’t think will cut it sadly and possibly young Josh Doig as back up. Overall a decent players but as someone said above it just doesn’t click anymore at the back. Hopefully with the extra cover from Gogic we will see improvements even if the defence isn’t strengthened further
Darren McGregor is very much coming to the end of his playing career, and even though I hope I am wrong, I doubt he will play many games next season. IMO we will need another central defender. David Gray also has big fitness problems, Tom James will likely be away soon, which leaves us with Paul McGinn. I think McGinn is fine at right-back, but IMO we really do need better in both full-back positions as Lewis despite being very fit is not getting any younger. Ben Stirling will definitely be pushing his way into the first team reckoning very soon, and the good thing about him is his versatility. He can play defensive midfield, right-back or central defence.

I wouldn't mind seeing another experienced midfield guy in as well. I suggested Stephen McGinn who is out of contract and was training with us recently. I know that won't meet with much approval by many Hibs fans, but he was Jack Ross's captain at St Mirren when they won the Championship and we definitely need leaders in the team. At 31 I reckon he could do a decent job for a year or two.
 

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Think we’ve got a good chance this season. True we might be a player light in defence but on paper the squad looks pretty good.
We should hitthe ground running this-season because we have decent man in charge who now knows the players and their limitations and has had a good few games from last season under his belt. What we don’t have is an imposter like Paul Heckingbottom who killed our season and the players we inherited through him have been shipped on or have improved enough to compete in the team albeit some are still just squad players but may improve under JR.
I like the look of the new signings all played in Scotland so won’t be surprised by the pace or physicality of the game and they are all a decent age.
Nobody including the currant buns will touch The Smellies think 10 in a row is theirs but I do expect us to take points from them.
So yeah I’m looking for top 3 at least.
 

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Defence is a weird one, only position we actually lack depth in is LB. we have 4 first team CB with possibly a 5th if Ben Stirling makes the step up, 2 RBs in Gray (albeit his fist was concerns) and mcginn then only really Lewis at LB with Mackie who don’t think will cut it sadly and possibly young Josh Doig as back up. Overall a decent players but as someone said above it just doesn’t click anymore at the back. Hopefully with the extra cover from Gogic we will see improvements even if the defence isn’t strengthened further

It's the lack of a leader at the back. Daz and SDG would fit that bill but with best will in the world they can't play every week.

I agree that we don't have bad players back there but there is something disorganised and panicy about them that a strong character would sort out.
 

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It's the lack of a leader at the back. Daz and SDG would fit that bill but with best will in the world they can't play every week.

I agree that we don't have bad players back there but there is something disorganised and panicy about them that a strong character would sort out.

I agree. I think Paul H is a competent player but my impression is that he doesn't really seem to take them by the scruff of the neck and boss everything at the back. He's more of the quiet efficient type. And he, Lewis, SDG and obviously Daz are in the autumn years of their career, let's say.
 

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I don’t think we are the only ones that see this so I do think we will sign at least 1 defender still but in what position or who is anybody’s guess
 

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Two draws with St.Mirren and St.Johnstone

Not exactly inspiring
 

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I usually go to all the pre-season games. Pretty relaxing, missing my football by then, and often the only chance to wear a t shirt at the game rather than layers.
It's a chance to see 'new players' but the standard of football, and quite often the result, is sometimes disappointing. It's about fitness, and trying players in different formations more than 'going for a win'.
 

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I usually go to all the pre-season games. Pretty relaxing, missing my football by then, and often the only chance to wear a t shirt at the game rather than layers.
It's a chance to see 'new players' but the standard of football, and quite often the result, is sometimes disappointing. It's about fitness, and trying players in different formations more than 'going for a win'.

Agree sir ✅

James Delaney in his recent article - “Pre-season friendlies are usually fairly ponderous affairs played at a walking pace by players desperate to avoid injury before the start of a long domestic season.”
 

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Agree sir ✅

James Delaney in his recent article - “Pre-season friendlies are usually fairly ponderous affairs played at a walking pace by players desperate to avoid injury before the start of a long domestic season.”
That's how I remember them.

If they were training sessions I'd want to see them work a damn sight harder! At least breaking sweat!
 

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I'm wondering if our three latest recruits are a bit behind the rest of the squad in terms of fitness levels ? Might be wrong, but I seem to remember Kevin Nisbet getting an injury just after New Year and being out for a good while. It might be that he is some way behind the others in terms of match fitness. I wonder when his last competitive game was ? Same with the other two.
 

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I'm wondering if our three latest recruits are a bit behind the rest of the squad in terms of fitness levels ? Might be wrong, but I seem to remember Kevin Nisbet getting an injury just after New Year and being out for a good while. It might be that he is some way behind the others in terms of match fitness. I wonder when his last competitive game was ? Same with the other two.

Yeah he said he was injured in feb ending his season before lockdown has. He did say he breezed through the initial running he has done in training. They will be a week or so behind in terms of proper pre season training but hopefully not too far behind it they’ve been looking after themselves.
 
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