Our Strongest Squad and XI

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  1. Gordopolis

    Gordopolis New Member

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    Here's how I see our strongest squad selection (25 players):

    Player Position Age Caps Goals

    McGregor GK 29 13 0
    Gordon GK 28 40 0

    Gary Caldwell DF 29 40 2
    Stephen McManus DF 28 26 2
    Cristophe Berra DF 26 13 1
    Grant Hanley DF 19 2 0
    Danny Wilson DF 19 3 1
    Alan Hutton DR 26 20 0
    Steven Whitt DL 26 12 0
    Phil Bardsley DR 25 5 0
    Lee Wallace DL 23 5 0
    Mark Wilson DR 26 1 0

    Darren Fletcher MF 27 53 4
    Kris Commons MF 27 9 2
    Graham Dorrans MF 24 5 0
    Lee McCulloch MF 33 18 1
    Charlie Adam MF 25 11 1
    Scott Brown MF 25 25 2
    Barry Bannan MF 21 5 0
    James Morrison MF 25 13 1

    Kenny Miller ST 31 55 14
    Steven Naismith ST 24 10 1
    Steven Fletcher ST 24 8 1
    James McFadden ST 28 48 15
    David Goodwill. ST 22 1 0

    I feel the core of the squad from that great run back in 2007 (Particularly Gordon, Hutton, Fletcher, McFadden) should form the spine of our squad. We've got an impressively low average age (only two players over 30!), and the goals are spread across the squad quite broadly. I reckon Levein should stick to the core of this squad and let them build up a decent caps total and get used to playing with one another.

    First XI (all fit and playing to ability):

    Gordon

    Hutton Caldwell Berra Bardsley

    Fletcher Adam

    Morrison Brown McFadden

    Miller

    I'd be much happier though if Hanley and Wilson could force their way into the centre back slots.
    And we need to get confidence in another striker who would play in Miller's position (Fletcher or Goodwillie would seem good candidates. Otherwise Griffiths might come through at Wolves?). Either way It'd be great if we could find a robbie keane type i.e. a goal every other game...Kris Boyd looked like the answer a few years back but it's all went skeewiff since then for him and Scotland.


    Backup players who could put pressure on this squad with a run of good form would be:

    David Marshall

    Kirk Broadfoot
    Russell Martin

    Shaun Maloney
    James McArthur

    Robert Snodgrass
    Jamie Mackie
    Kris Boyd
    Ross McCormack
    Craig Mackail-Smith
    Chris Maguire


    That's my tuppence. Any really strong candidates I've missed?
     
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  2. bigfingers

    bigfingers New Member

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    Lee Mculloch?? I think his international days are over to be honest. Apart from that it looks good apart from the fact that steven fletcher doesnt want to play for us and goodwillie doesnt look like getting picked until he sorts out his personal problems.
     
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  3. sonic_lion

    sonic_lion New Member

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    I may not be Scottish but have always had a soft spot for your lot since I first got into football at a young age and used to idolise Kenny Dalglish and those teams of the late 70s and early 80s... i reckon the team you could have now has the potential to be the best in the British Isles until England sort out the shambles that Capello will leave us with after next years Euros. Now, how about this for your team/squad?

    1CRAIG GORDON GK 28 40
    2 ALAN HUTTON RB 26 19/0
    3 STEPHEN CRAINEY LB 29 7/0
    4 BARRY FERGUSON CM 33 45/3
    5 GARY CALDWELL CD 28 37/2
    6 STEVE MCMANUS CD 28 26/2
    7 CHARLIE ADAM CM 25 6/0
    8 DARREN FLETCHER CM 27 53/4
    9 KRIS BOYD CF 27 18/7
    10 JAMES MCFADDEN CF 27 48/15
    11 KRIS COMMONS LW/AM 27 8/2
    Reserves
    CAM BELL GK 24 1
    CHRISTOPHE BERRA CD 26 10/0
    ANDY WEBSTER CD 28 23/1
    SCOTT BROWN MF 25 21/2
    SHAUN MALONEY LW/CF 28 20/1
    JAMES MACKIE CF 25 3/1
    KENNY MILLER CF 31 52/13
     
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