Takeover Report - New Beginnings in 2017/2018 Season
So...where should I begin? I decided to keep Ross Lyon around, as he's kinda versatile and can prove as a worthy backup, should we be hit by another injury crisis. Sam Jamieson and Scott Gray were other two that got new contracts.
Sadly, Jon Toral and Hyndman's wages were a bit beyond our touch and budget, hence I wouldn't be able to keep them for another season. The Head of Youth Development doesn't look like the best option to me, but when I went to the staff screen, there weren't any better choices, so I offered him a new 1-year deal.
Having played in Scotland on past FMs, often with Rangers, I am always trying to get local kids and youngsters aboard - of course, I'm not encouraging anyone to follow the same path, it will just be something heavily portrait during my 6-month stint.
With that being said, I think the tactic needs more of a classic touch with wingers and overlapping wingbacks cross the ball aimlessly into the penalty area, kinda like this while the formation should look like that.
Davidson is already trailed by Tottenham and Man City, and so far I've rejected a 2.2M Euro (+clauses) and a 3.7M (+clauses) from Spurs for the 15-yo. I would likely deal at about 7-8M, no?
Transfers Out: Clint Hill (retired), Philippe Senderos (retired), Josh Jeffries (free), Jordan Gibson (free), Cammy Palmer (free), Ursene Mouanda (free), Lewis Muir (free), Carlo Pignatiello (free), Jamie Barjonas (Dumbarton, loan), Aidan Wilson (Ayr, loan), George McLennan (Wrexham, loan), Myles Beerman (Ayr, loan), Andy Haliday (Ross County, 125K Euro), Serge Atakayi (Alloa, loan), Joe Dodoo (Hamilton, loan), Allasane Diaby (Ross County, loan), Max Ashmore (Queen of South, loan), Kenny Miller (retired), Lewis White (free), Joe Garner (QPR, 875K), Michael O'Halloran (Ross County, 200K), Rob Kiernan (Ross County, loan)
I wasn't a big fan of Garner, as his wage is too high and having a forward with physical stats that just average about 10 is a no-no.
Transfers In: Marcus Fraser (Ross County, free), David Syme (Raith, free), Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren, 150K), Jack Harper (Malaga, 100K), Richard Foster (St. Jonhstone, 12K), Matthew Knox (Livingston, 150K)
With the worrying state of our finances, I tried to be efficient and prudent, though we are currently receiving about 10M Euro from season tickets, so maybe it was much worry over nothing? While Celtic spent about 2.5M Euro on 4 players with combined wages of 61K per week, I have successfully limited our wage budget to a lowly 145K per week (with a limit up to 220K). I really hope the kids I'll be investing in prove worthwhile, but this also will give the next manager a lot of room to maneuver, if he prefers getting some more known names
I have also renewed the contracts on Danny Wilson and Barrie McKay, I was able to keep them in reasonable manners with only slight increase in wages.
I will likely give a chance to Robby McCrorie in goal. Alnwick is decent, but I'll likely be rotating both, also keeping Liam Kelly as a 3rd option.
In defense, we have Tavernier and Wallace on the wings, while Hodson just couldn't sell and no one wanted him, thus he remains our reserve backup option (I also failed in my bid for 17yo Tony Gallacher who was wanted by Celtic and about 30 English clubs). The right back backup slot was a tough cookie, but in the end I decided to bring 31yo Richard Foster for a 3rd stint at Rangers, a club he has a lot of passion about!
The center-back duo will be Wilson and Ross McCrorie, with the latter impressing with some very decent physical stats. Marcus Fraser and David Syme should be reliable backup, should McCrorie fail to deliver.
Rossiter seems build for the regista role, while Crooks will be his alternative. Jordan Thompson, Mallan, Windass and Burt would be rotated in midfield. For the wings we'll rely on Waghorn, Forrester, Holt, Thomson and McKay, while up on the sole forward position we have Hardie, Harper or Knox.
I placed Holt as a wing option because with that 5 tackling I really don't see him as a center midfield!
I saw some players last season getting 40-50 apps during the whole season and that is something which can very rarely occur with me...time for the heavy rotation to begin!