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And When the Music Stops…

Date: 27th July 2019

By Donald C Stewart

Transfer Windows – is it the transfer of our dreams and hopes or the beginning of the failure as we blow the budget on a marquee dud?

It’s the month in which my team, Ayr United have signed Kris Doolan.

Our goal machine from the last two seasons is now a Dundee United player…

It’s the close season and for some, the silly season.

That season comes to an end sometime between various Scottish clubs bemoaning the lack of match fitness as they fall out their European Cups and we start the league cup campaign with every club apart from the clubs about to be thrown out of Europe. (Is Neil Doncaster awaiting the call as a future Brexit Secretary…)

The transfer window was meant to concentrate the efforts of clubs into creating a squad that will be kept together and allow a level playing field – of sorts – so that if you start with a terrible collection of players, you cannot cheat by using your financial muscle half way through to get better.

Of course if you start with THE dream squad then nobody can come in, offer them great riches and then steal your best players…

Well at least until January…

Does it increase season books sales?

Actually, it does.

Does it better the squad you are going to watch through the season – not always…

Remember Rafael Schiedt? The name quickly became an expression of derision and had he got into a combined Auld Firm back three it was suggested you would have had Weir, Tebily Schiedt…

And what about Joey Barton? Currently under some cloud and charged with an off-field scuffle he became infamous in his short time for avoiding his hard man image on the field. With gambling issues and an inability to keep on good terms with anyone he lit the place up and then trooped off like a damp squib.

Then what about that guy signed for £650,000 in July 1997 as a partner for Darren Jackson and Simon Donnelly? A summer signing what happened to him? After his first game in charge many thought he was rotten but when you wear the hoops and your name is Larsson…

Or the £4.3 Million spent on that Geordie fella who was apparently on decline in July 1995 when he signed? Now he may cut a tragic figure on any circuit, but Paul Gascoigne did the business and despite being on one side of the West Coast divide he was taken to many hearts during his time and beyond it.

Summer signings are happening all around us and it begs the question too of how loyalty is to be rewarded or found. Many players, rightly, are looking to make their deals, get their cash, have a career and not be left contemplating Juniors, Lowland Leagues or SPFL 2 in their mid 20’s.

It is abundantly clear that we have shenanigans set up as transfers going all over the place – China for Gareth Bale, Arsenal for Kieran Tierney. Up the top it might be about Millions, down below in the cheap seats, it is all about affordability. If a few people can be added onto the gate because it is a decent signing then all the better but how many Cannegio’s are there out there for the likes of a Dundee. Is Kenny Miller the absolute best for Thistle?

As it stands, I fail to see anyone coming over the hill that would see me rushing for a season book. We are replacing a prolific goal scorer for Ayr with a prolific goal scorer for Partick Thistle. To be fair, it’s a very good signing, but it’s also a very big loss…

To be honest most us though, throw the scarf in the bin in June, do the massive huff in July and get the scarf out the bin in August no matter who they sign. We can go on about aye but for how long and wan mair season… But that is a power. I wonder how effectively we could use that during this season and throw some of the dafter ideas in the bin come next June…

How will your squad shape up before the 31st August?Bottom of Form

 

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