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You would start Wright?


If it's a choice between him and Silva, then I would.

Silva was our weakest link against Hibs.
Constantly gave away cheap possession, plus he failed to track Cadden's runs, often leaving Borna with 2 against 1.
If that happens against Johnston on Sunday, then we could have a problem.
 
I'm surprised how many are putting Sima in but I hope they are right. Just feel he might not be ready yet.
Also a wee bit of negativity about Diomande's suitability for this game. Personally I would start him without hesitation.
I hope Yilmaz makes it because Borna gives me the fear against them.
 
I would go:

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Tav / Goldson / Souttar / Yilmaz (Borna)
Diomande / Lundstram
Sterling / Cantwell / Silva
Dessers

Swap out that front 4 for Matondo, Lawrence, Sima and Roofe at some stage in the second half.

Wouldn’t mind seeing Sterling tuck into midfield although I think this is unlikely under big Phil, we’ve been pretty rigid in the 4-2-3-1.
 
I would go:

Butland
Tav / Goldson / Souttar / Yilmaz (Borna)
Diomande / Lundstram
Sterling / Cantwell / Silva
Dessers

Swap out that front 4 for Matondo, Lawrence, Sima and Roofe at some stage in the second half.

Wouldn’t mind seeing Sterling tuck into midfield although I think this is unlikely under big Phil, we’ve been pretty rigid in the 4-2-3-1.

I think this is what Big Phil will go with
 
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Tav
Goldson
Soutter
Ridvan

Ludstrum
Diomande
Sterling

Cantwell
Dessers
Lawrence

Just feel if we win the battle we win the game so going with all rounders with a bit about them physically more than silva, wright, matondo, mccausland etc
 
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Tav
Goldson
Soutter
Ridvan

Ludstrum
Diomande
Sterling

Cantwell
Dessers
Lawrence

Just feel if we win the battle we win the game so going with all rounders with a bit about them physically more than silva, wright, matondo, mccausland etc
Why would you play two midfield players in the wide positions?
 
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Tav Goldson Souttar Yilmaz
Lundstram Diomande
Sterling Cantwell Sima
Dessers​
This is my team. Potentially Sterling sitting a bit deeper and more central to help win the midfield battle. Width comes from the full backs. Let Sima run riot against their defence.

I fancy Dessers much more in what will be a battle with Vickers and think he is smart enough to win some fouls from the cheating bastard
 
Why would you play two midfield players in the wide positions?

Purely as I'm shiteing myself we freeze again and would prefer guys who can play numerous rolls for 60 mins press them and try and wear them down then can introduce the likes of silva roofe and sima to try kill them off.

Just been confident so many times before then we go in and make vickers look like baresi and mcgregor like xavi
 
If it's a choice between him and Silva, then I would.

Silva was our weakest link against Hibs.
Constantly gave away cheap possession, plus he failed to track Cadden's runs, often leaving Borna with 2 against 1.
If that happens against Johnston on Sunday, then we could have a problem.
Hibs game wasn't Silva's finest hour it has to be said. Got poorer and poorer as the game went on. However, it was really typical of his performances so I think Big Phil will stick with him on Sunday.

Can't see any way Sima starts, he will get 30 minutes off the bench. More if its all gone pear-shaped in the first half.
 
I'd like to see Silva up front. Either Sima or Matondo wide left.

Hope to god that Ridvan is fit!

I'd actually use Lawrence / Cantwell wide right... help us inside and Taylor isn't to be too concerned about in wide area.
 
I'd like to see Silva up front. Either Sima or Matondo wide left.

Hope to god that Ridvan is fit!

I'd actually use Lawrence / Cantwell wide right... help us inside and Taylor isn't to be too concerned about in wide area.
Surely you then play a wide man there rather than worrying about what they do?
 
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Tav
Goldson
Soutter
Ridvan

Ludstrum
Diomande
Sterling

Cantwell
Dessers
Lawrence

Just feel if we win the battle we win the game so going with all rounders with a bit about them physically more than silva, wright, matondo, mccausland etc
I like the look of that. It won’t get bullied. Plenty impact players off the bench too.
 
This is my team. Potentially Sterling sitting a bit deeper and more central to help win the midfield battle. Width comes from the full backs. Let Sima run riot against their defence.

I fancy Dessers much more in what will be a battle with Vickers and think he is smart enough to win some fouls from the cheating bastard
I don’t think Sima is fit enough to start. Certainly not sharp enough yet.
 
If it's a choice between him and Silva, then I would.

Silva was our weakest link against Hibs.
Constantly gave away cheap possession, plus he failed to track Cadden's runs, often leaving Borna with 2 against 1.
If that happens against Johnston on Sunday, then we could have a problem.
Said earlier I thought he looked shattered.

Lawrence off the left for me, unless Sima can give us 60-70
 
Sima Roofe Silva

Lawrence
Lundstram Sterling to batter mcgregor

Yilmaz Souttar Goldson Tavernier

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Hibs game wasn't Silva's finest hour it has to be said. Got poorer and poorer as the game went on. However, it was really typical of his performances so I think Big Phil will stick with him on Sunday.

Can't see any way Sima starts, he will get 30 minutes off the bench. More if its all gone pear-shaped in the first half.


I think he probably will go again with Silva wide left VB, although I wouldn't be averse to Lawrence starting there.
He could be very dangerous coming inside on to his right foot, plus his defensive discipline will be better than Silva's.
 
Sima Roofe Silva

Lawrence
Lundstram Sterling to batter mcgregor

Yilmaz Souttar Goldson Tavernier

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Sterling wouldn't get anywhere near McGregor, playing centrally alongside Lundstram.

It'll be whoever our attacking midfielder is, likely Cantwell or Lawrence, who'll be regularly competing against McGregor.
 
Everyone has him as a stick-on but Lundstram for me needs to raise his game for this one. We need to dictate the middle and I thought he was very slow at the weekend.
 
It was interesting that Sima was played through the middle on Saturday when he came on.
I would start Matondo on the left Sima in the middle and sterling on the right.
We have good backups for all three of them as they will probably not make 90 minutes.
The big decision will be whether Dessers or Roofe comes on for Sima.
 
Sterling wouldn't get anywhere near McGregor, playing centrally alongside Lundstram.

It'll be whoever our attacking midfielder is, likely Cantwell or Lawrence, who'll be regularly competing against McGregor.
It's funny how often this needs to be stated.

As you say, in our out of possession shape our central midfield will be sitting 15-20+ yards deeper than where McGregor takes the ball.
 
Purely as I'm shiteing myself we freeze again and would prefer guys who can play numerous rolls for 60 mins press them and try and wear them down then can introduce the likes of silva roofe and sima to try kill them off.

Just been confident so many times before then we go in and make vickers look like baresi and mcgregor like xavi
Sorry have to disagree Cantwell and Lawrence will be completely wasted out wide. It was tried before with Cantwell and we all know how big a disaster that was.
 
Sorry have to disagree Cantwell and Lawrence will be completely wasted out wide. It was tried before with Cantwell and we all know how big a disaster that was.
All about opinions but don't necessarily think we need exclusive wide players as if we press them they will make the necessary mistakes and with that base ridvan and tav will provide width when required.
 
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Tav Goldson Souttar Yilmaz
Lundstram Diomande
Sterling Cantwell Matondo
Dessers

Subs: McCrorie, Barisic, Balogun, Raskin, Lawrence, McCausland, Silva, Sima, Roofe


I like the idea of Sterling playing further up in this game because they like to play out and can see his pressing forcing them into mistakes. However, if Yilmaz is out he'd have to go to left back because I don't trust Barisic. I'd also start with Matondo's pace on the left.

I'd also rather we were going into the game with Balogun than Souttar but that's not going to happen given how long it's been since he last played.
 
All these shouts to fire Sima though the middle when he’s never proven himself centrally for us.

Dessers is the managers main man and it’s clear he’ll start the game up top.

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Tav
Goldson
Souttar
Ridvan

Lundstram
Dio

Cantwell
Lawrence

Silva
Dessers

The shape isn’t that important. Tav will provide the width on the right as he always does and the players will know where to be when we don’t have the ball. Get our best footballers on the pitch and get control of the game, then introduce the power of Sterling/Sima and the pace of Matondo and Wright later on.
 
Sterling wouldn't get anywhere near McGregor, playing centrally alongside Lundstram.

It'll be whoever our attacking midfielder is, likely Cantwell or Lawrence, who'll be regularly competing against McGregor.
I don’t agree, Sterling will shadow mcgrefor and take him out. Lawrence will support lundstrom and also push on. Cantwell will, replace him at 60
 
All these shouts to fire Sima though the middle when he’s never proven himself centrally for us.

Dessers is the managers main man and it’s clear he’ll start the game up top.

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Tav
Goldson
Souttar
Ridvan

Lundstram
Dio

Cantwell
Lawrence

Silva
Dessers

The shape isn’t that important. Tav will provide the width on the right as he always does and the players will know where to be when we don’t have the ball. Get our best footballers on the pitch and get control of the game, then introduce the power of Sterling/Sima and the pace of Matondo and Wright later on.
IMO Sterling is very much needed from the start.
 
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Tav Goldson Souttar Yilmaz
Lundstram Diomande
Sterling Cantwell Silva
Dessers

Silva generally presses well and works hard, hence the nod before Matondo + Wright. At least we have some attacking option to come off of the bench.
 
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Tavernier Goldson Souttar Yilmaz
Diomande Lundstram
Sterling Cantwell Matondo
Dessers

I would opt to swap out Dessers for Sima around 15 minutes into the second half, once Cyriel's enjoyed some time ragdolling their defence.
 
IMO Sterling is very much needed from the start.
I can see the merits of it mate, he’s been exceptional.

If the game was at Parkhead id have him from the start, I just think this is our game to play them off the park and get as much quality on the ball as possible.
 
Sterling has to start, he is made for these type of games and I always feel more confident when he is playing.

I'm also willing to take a risk and start Matondo, his confidence will be up and his pace could cause real problems for them.

Obviously if Sima was fully fit I would start him but I think he may come off the bench.
 
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Tavernier Goldson Souttar Yilmaz
Lundstram Diomande
Sterling Cantwell Silva
Dessers​
This is how I think we’ll line up.

Thinking about it more since I last posted on this thread, I’d be inclined to put Lawrence on in place of Cantwell as I think he’ll press better which is going to be key. And I think Matondo would be a better bet to do Johnston than Silva (imagine saying that a few months ago…)
 
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Tav Goldson Souttar Yilmaz
Lundstram Diomande
Lawrence Cantwell Silva
Dessers

Lawrence= goals
 
This is how I think we’ll line up.

Thinking about it more since I last posted on this thread, I’d be inclined to put Lawrence on in place of Cantwell as I think he’ll press better which is going to be key. And I think Matondo would be a better bet to do Johnston than Silva (imagine saying that a few months ago…)
My only 50/50 was Lawrence for Cantwell.
 
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Tav
Goldson
Souttar
Ridvan (if fit)

Lundstram
Lawrance
Diomande

Sterling
Silva
Sima (if he isn’t fit for 60 then Dessers)

I want the option of Matondo off the bench.
 
This is how I think we’ll line up.

Thinking about it more since I last posted on this thread, I’d be inclined to put Lawrence on in place of Cantwell as I think he’ll press better which is going to be key. And I think Matondo would be a better bet to do Johnston than Silva (imagine saying that a few months ago…)
Spot on. Lawrence is the type of guy you want in there, gritty and can also play. He’d be one of the first selections for me.
 
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Tav
Goldson
Souttar
Yilmaz

Lundstram
Lawrence
Diomande

Sterling
Dessers
Silva

Dropping cantwell and playing dio up one, purely to keep mcgregor from dictating the game.

Sterling to help with Meada but also give more athleticism against Taylor and at set pieces.
 
Assuming Yillmaz is fit I’d go with this team

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Tav goldson souttar yillmaz

—-lunny——diomondi

Sterling Cantwell silva

———dessers———

Swap the front four after an hour

Wright or McCausland
Lawrence
Matondo

Sima for dessers

We have far better options from the bench to win the game
 
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Tav Goldson Souttar Yilmaz
Lundstram Diomande
Sterling Cantwell Silva
Dessers

Silva generally presses well and works hard, hence the nod before Matondo + Wright. At least we have some attacking option to come off of the bench.
That will be the team.

Big Phil never starts players just coming back from a long time out.
 
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