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Who should we keep?

Postby John Markie » Friday 30th 2016f December 2016 02:10:39 AM

As far as I can see we have 19 players out of contract in the summer. Who should we keep and who can we let go?

Rankin (age 33)
Shepherd (age 20)
Craigen (age 25)
Kerr (age 34)
Mehmet (age 24)
McCracken (age 35)
Miller (age 33)
Kidd (age 21)
Watson (age 26)
Sibbald (age 21)
Taiwo (age 26)
Rogers (age 22)
Leahy (age 24)
Gasparotto (age 21)
Hippolyte (age 22)
Henderson (age 20)
McMinn (age 19)
McHugh (age 25)
Baird (age 31)

I guess out of that list Sibbald is the best and most valuable player, and we will likely lose him. Hippolyte is a "work in progress" but one I'd like to keep. I like Miller up front and his knowledge and "nous" is worth keeping. Henderson might develop further as he's been decent in the development squad. Gasparotto and Grant would make a decent partnership given time. I like Leahy as well, but he's not much of a defender, so maybe he's just a "maybe aye, maybe no". As for the rest, all easily replaceable. Thoughts on who will stay and who we should punt?
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Re: Who should we keep?

Postby chippo1876 » Friday 30th 2016f December 2016 08:20:56 AM

with all the apathy associated with the team at the moment a major clear out is required but i doubt the board will sanction that and the fact we need to keep a nucleus of the squad for next season so will probably keep gaspo,grant,kidd,mehmet,miller,sibbs,hippo,and possibly craigen and mchugh. the rest can go for me fortunatelysad thing is after 40 yrs of following them going shopping on a saturday is becoming more appealing than watching those performances on the park..........night and day compared to last year !! sad times !!

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Re: Who should we keep?

Postby Back Post Misses » Friday 30th 2016f December 2016 08:24:19 AM

John Markie wrote:As far as I can see we have 19 players out of contract in the summer. Who should we keep and who can we let go?

Rankin (age 33)
Shepherd (age 20)
Craigen (age 25)
Kerr (age 34)
Mehmet (age 24)
McCracken (age 35)
Miller (age 33)
Kidd (age 21)
Watson (age 26)
Sibbald (age 21)
Taiwo (age 26)
Rogers (age 22)
Leahy (age 24)
Gasparotto (age 21)
Hippolyte (age 22)
Henderson (age 20)
McMinn (age 19)
McHugh (age 25)
Baird (age 31)

I guess out of that list Sibbald is the best and most valuable player, and we will likely lose him. Hippolyte is a "work in progress" but one I'd like to keep. I like Miller up front and his knowledge and "nous" is worth keeping. Henderson might develop further as he's been decent in the development squad. Gasparotto and Grant would make a decent partnership given time. I like Leahy as well, but he's not much of a defender, so maybe he's just a "maybe aye, maybe no". As for the rest, all easily replaceable. Thoughts on who will stay and who we should punt?


Don't think this is accurate

Gasparotto, Kidd and Henderson got two year deals I am sure as did Craigen. We have an option on Hyppolyte and Rogers is not our player.

Shepherd has been offered a contract I believe.

I would only keep Taiwo, Leahy and Miller.
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Re: Who should we keep?

Postby Ricey » Friday 30th 2016f December 2016 12:07:01 PM

Leahy will definitely be off he only stayed as nobody would pay a fee for him last year. He's now past the under 24 threshold. For me I would want to keep hippo, Miller and sibbald and wouldn't be bothered about keeping others. One point I would make is why we continue to hand out 2 year deals like confetti. Unless a player is under 24 and has genuine promise then we should have a club policy of no more than 1 year deal. with Houstons awful signing record this should further underline the importance to the club of having players on shorter deals and also no mccracken esq deals either.

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Re: Who should we keep?

Postby Jarvis the Ginger General » Friday 30th 2016f December 2016 03:49:08 PM

I would bin the following - irrespective of what they have left on their contract:

Rankin (age 33)
Shepherd (age 20)
Craigen (age 25)
Kerr (age 34)
Mehmet (age 24)
McCracken (age 35)
Kidd (age 21)
Watson (age 26)
Rogers (age 22)
Henderson (age 20)
McMinn (age 19)
McHugh (age 25)
Baird (age 31)

Some of the above have done well for us - but we need a massive clear out. If guys like Henderson cant break into our abysmal midfield, are they worth another year? I am swithering over McHugh but he hasn't been good enough this season - Baird has given us some good games but its clear his time is nearly up. Lets stop signing average crap from Raith/QOS etc and think a bit differently with recruitment. I think I would add Houston and his team to the above - overall he gave us 2 pretty decent results in a cup final and a play off final, but I think its time for us to shake hands with him and move on.
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Re: Who should we keep?

Postby dixie chicken » Friday 30th 2016f December 2016 04:19:35 PM

Jarvis the Ginger General wrote:I would bin the following - irrespective of what they have left on their contract:

Rankin (age 33)
Shepherd (age 20)
Craigen (age 25)
Kerr (age 34)
Mehmet (age 24)
McCracken (age 35)
Kidd (age 21)
Watson (age 26)
Rogers (age 22)
Henderson (age 20)
McMinn (age 19)
McHugh (age 25)
Baird (age 31)

Some of the above have done well for us - but we need a massive clear out. If guys like Henderson cant break into our abysmal midfield, are they worth another year? I am swithering over McHugh but he hasn't been good enough this season - Baird has given us some good games but its clear his time is nearly up. Lets stop signing average crap from Raith/QOS etc and think a bit differently with recruitment. I think I would add Houston and his team to the above - overall he gave us 2 pretty decent results in a cup final and a play off final, but I think its time for us to shake hands with him and move on.


Agree with most of this apart from Shepherd and McMinn both of whom, I feel, are worth a bit longer.
Regarding Henderson, I've only seen him play 2 or 3 times and was quite impressed but someone like Alba has seen a lot more of him

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Re: Who should we keep?

Postby John Markie » Friday 30th 2016f December 2016 09:57:07 PM

dixie chicken wrote:
Jarvis the Ginger General wrote:I would bin the following - irrespective of what they have left on their contract:

Rankin (age 33)
Shepherd (age 20)
Craigen (age 25)
Kerr (age 34)
Mehmet (age 24)
McCracken (age 35)
Kidd (age 21)
Watson (age 26)
Rogers (age 22)
Henderson (age 20)
McMinn (age 19)
McHugh (age 25)
Baird (age 31)

Some of the above have done well for us - but we need a massive clear out. If guys like Henderson cant break into our abysmal midfield, are they worth another year? I am swithering over McHugh but he hasn't been good enough this season - Baird has given us some good games but its clear his time is nearly up. Lets stop signing average crap from Raith/QOS etc and think a bit differently with recruitment. I think I would add Houston and his team to the above - overall he gave us 2 pretty decent results in a cup final and a play off final, but I think its time for us to shake hands with him and move on.


Agree with most of this apart from Shepherd and McMinn both of whom, I feel, are worth a bit longer.
Regarding Henderson, I've only seen him play 2 or 3 times and was quite impressed but someone like Alba has seen a lot more of him

Henderson is a difficult one. I would say keep for at least one more season as he can be quite effective especially in partnership with Blues. Again what to do with the development boys? Who will be getting a contract offered? Thrre are a couple of possibilities there that could do a job for us. EG Blues who is as capable (if not more than capapble) of replacing Rankin. Rankin must surely go down as the most pointless signing ever.
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Re: Who should we keep?

Postby Brian Scrimegour » Saturday 31st 2016f December 2016 11:00:53 AM

I question why the likes of henderson has'nt been given a chance in the first team considering how bad our current midfield is. I've only seen him a few times in the development team but he at least looked to have the legs to go box to box which we are badly missing at the moment. As Ricey says Houstons decision to give the likes of Kidd and Craigen 2 year deals is really killing us at the moment . I'd maybe keep kerr for another season but that would depend very much on getting him a midfield partner that suits him. Sibbald is far too slow to have in there and he cant tackle. I wouldnt punt Mehmet until we have a replacement for Rogers. McHugh is probably worth another year as he's been a decent impact player off the bench if nothing else. Probably let Baird go although I feel a bit sorry for him this season as he's having to drop deep every game to try and get involved due to the lack of penetration in our midfield. Houstons got us in a real mess squad wise and I wouldnt like to be in his shoes trying to get it sorted out.

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Re: Who should we keep?

Postby Flash » Monday 02nd 2017f January 2017 01:39:34 PM

Get rid of Houston and his staff and bring in someone neutral and let them decide who is worth keeping and who goes.

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Re: Who should we keep?

Postby TheBoysDoneGood » Thursday 12th 2017f January 2017 02:18:04 AM

It needs a real clearout as mentioned already to give the club the kick up the arse it needs. Myself and many others have almost completely lost interest in Falkirk these days. It feels harsh to say given the Cup final and last season but it probably needs Houston to go as well. The signings have by and large been terrible and getting that right will determine whether we go up anytime soon or not.
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Re: Who should we keep?

Postby Flash » Thursday 12th 2017f January 2017 11:01:25 AM

TheBoysDoneGood wrote:It needs a real clearout as mentioned already to give the club the kick up the arse it needs. Myself and many others have almost completely lost interest in Falkirk these days. It feels harsh to say given the Cup final and last season but it probably needs Houston to go as well. The signings have by and large been terrible and getting that right will determine whether we go up anytime soon or not.


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