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The main worry is that there is not one area of the team which looks to be in a satisfactory condition. The defence is reasonably solid for long spells but there is always a concern that individual mistakes could be made. All four goals we’ve lost this season have been very poor from our point of view and there is little to suggest that the current back four will manage to tighten things up. Corrigan is decidedly shaky at right back and Kinniburgh does not seem like a reliable performer either. Quinn may not be a right back but he can do well enough there for us to get by – and the difference this makes by allowing Corrigan into the middle should not be underestimated. As a second choice, even the return of David Partridge to partner Craigan would be a step up. This should be possible soon if Terry decides it’s desirable.
The midfield is interesting since right now it is Phil O’Donnell who is looking like the safest choice. His legs are holding up well and whilst he tired towards the end of Saturday’s game, he managed to get up and down the park well – even if at a slightly slower pace than he used to!
Up front we also have problems. Our best striker had a woeful pre-season and if David Clarkson does not improve, we will struggle. This is a lot of expectation to put on the shoulders of a kid but he produced last year and has to do so again. So far, Scott McDonald has displayed quick feet and a sharp football brain and is the natural choice to take the other position. Foran looks to offer something different off the bench but Alex Burns has struggled when leading the line. There is still a role for him at Fir Park but it can only be behind another front pair – he does not offer height, strength or pace and his general play has been no better than average.
So, we do seem to have all the parts needed to turn ourselves into a reasonable if not finely honed footballing machine. Dens Park will provide a tough test and