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Started on 18 April 2019 by Imagine
Latest Reply on 17 September 2019 by Imagine
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2019-08-02 10:33#259693 Big_Wully_Boly : Yeah still interested in your tactic bud.

Here you go! I predominantly use the attacking version as I love high scoring games.

https://www.mediafire.com/file/hjlnojyo2bxbiwz/4-2-2-2_Press_Attack.fmf/file

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After almost our best ever season it was quite obvious that this was a team was only going to get better as they mature. With that in mind we had possibly our quietest ever transfer window as we brought in absolutely no one, a first for me! Our transfer window consisted of knocking back bids for our key men left right and centre as well as dealing with various loan deals for our youth and reserve players. It was also decided that this was the best time to move on two mainstays of our team in recent years in Ryan Gauld and Oliver Burke. Gauld joined us midway through my first season with the club as we got him signed up on a pre-contract before agreeing a nominal fee with Sporting Lisbon to get him in early. He went on to make 257 appearances for us in this time, scoring 55 goals, assisting 54 goals and grabbing 24 man of the match awards, including a 15 minute cameo man of the match performance! Burke was with us for 8 years and in that time he made 235 appearances, scoring 87 goals, assisting 55 goals and grabbing 25 man of the match awards. With both players getting into their 30's and with replacement's already at the club it was for the best to move them on now and let them get the game time they desire at this stage of their careers.
We had a pretty short pre-season this time around but a successful one nonetheless, we followed up those 4 friendly wins with a further 4 domestic wins before slumping to Hibernian, a really poor performance on the day it has to be said. Having scored 39 goals in 9 games already this season I am really looking forward to a season full of goals, drama and entertainment from these lads! With the departures of Burke and Gauld our most senior players are now Billy Gilmour(28), Glenn Middleton(29) and captain fantastic Ross McCrorie(31). The average age of the squad is currently 23 and this fills me with excitement as I believe this team can go on and do great things.


Records to beat
Sandy Archibald - 513 League appearances
Ally McCoist - 251 League goals
Sam English - 44 League goals in one season
Bill Struth - 18 League titles


Current
Ross McCrorie - 298 League appearances
Tony Herd - 214 League appearances
Bobby Docherty - 201 League appearances
Tony Herd - 137 League goals
Bobby Docherty - 119 League goals
Alfredo Morelos - 32 goals in one season
Christopher Burns - 11 League titles
An interesting decision to stick with what you've got completely, but a decision I admire nonetheless. It shows you have complete faith in what you have at your disposal and the players will certainly, I'm sure, be keen to reward your confidence in them. Disappointing that you fell to a defeat against Hibs but hiccups are expected and there have been plenty of positives already. Your Champions League looks to be one you can get through, I believe. Hopefully you can finally claim the title at the end of it... that last hurdle has to be beaten at one point!
2019-08-25 22:23#260703 ScottT : An interesting decision to stick with what you've got completely, but a decision I admire nonetheless. It shows you have complete faith in what you have at your disposal and the players will certainly, I'm sure, be keen to reward your confidence in them. Disappointing that you fell to a defeat against Hibs but hiccups are expected and there have been plenty of positives already. Your Champions League looks to be one you can get through, I believe. Hopefully you can finally claim the title at the end of it... that last hurdle has to be beaten at one point!

In fairness I think I have all the best Scottish players in my team already, bar maybe a Celtic player or two or a couple that have too high a price tag. So it's just a case of trying to bring through some fresh talent to improve the squad it would seem. At least the early defeat kills off the idea of an unbeaten season early which takes a bit of pressure off tbh.. It's been a tough start in the CL but I'm really hoping to turn it around! exactly! Cheers Scott

Having decided to stick with the same squad as last year I was hoping that their familiarity with each other would grow and enable us to step up our game even more this season. That absolutely has not been the case and I'm rather disappointed in how our season has panned out thus far, perhaps I'm exaggerating. It has taken until match week 17 for us to get to the top of the table and actually stay there for more than 1 week! We have just struggled for consistency this season although we have been 2 games behind St. Mirren for a long while so that hasn't helped. St. Mirren had been having a stellar season up until December when 3 losses and a draw saw them slip from top of the table to third as both us and Celtic took advantage of their dip in form. Once again we are the Scottish League Cup champions but Livingston made it fairly hard for us as we let them back into the game despite taking a two goal lead. However Billy Gilmour sealed our 3rd consecutive League Cup trophy with his 107th minute strike.
When we got paired with Liverpool, Roma and RedBull Salzburg I was expecting to get a bit of a challenge from the English and Italian sides but as runners up the year previous I thought we'd still do well. Well how wrong was I? Four losses on the trot was how our Group Stage started off and for a brief moment, sitting rock bottom of the group it looked like we were going out of Europe all together. Thankfully though we managed to muster up a couple of wins in the end to ensure we would be playing in the Europa League in the New Year. Liverpool just annihilated us in all honesty and that has really set us back in terms of where we go from here. The only way we bounce back from that is by actually going on to win the Europa League and when you look at the teams left in the competition surely we can manage that? Let's hope so!


Records to beat
Sandy Archibald - 513 League appearances
Ally McCoist - 251 League goals
Sam English - 44 League goals in one season
Bill Struth - 18 League titles


Current
Ross McCrorie - 315 League appearances
Tony Herd - 227 League appearances
Bobby Docherty - 215 League appearances
Tony Herd - 146 League goals
Bobby Docherty - 128 League goals
Alfredo Morelos - 32 goals in one season
Christopher Burns - 11 League titles
Imagine's avatar Group Imagine
1 yearEdited

January transfer window
Transfers
All youth additions
Squad stats
After opting against signing anyone in the summer we decided to make up for that in the Winter window as we brought in 11 players! Despite not signing anyone in the summer that doesn't mean that we weren't keeping our eyes peeled for new talent and as we approached January we decided to set our moves in motion. All of our new additions are youth players and all between the ages of 16-17 years old. This may not be the thrilling signings that every fan dreams of but if you look back at some of our youth signings over the years then it is clear that patience is the key when we bring players in as they tend to turn out pretty decent! Whilst we were on the recruitment drive we decided to promote a couple of players from within into the first team too as I'm really wanting to get the next generation of players bedded in and what better way to develop than in the first team being tutored by the seniors! Of the players we've brought in and promoted I am most excited about Andy Lawless, Steve Gray, Daniel Brown, Allan Wilson, Iain McKay, Mark Potter & Stevie Easton as all of these lads look like they can make it at this club which is not an easy feat at all. We've already begun the process of bedding them into the team by letting them train with the first team and several of the lads have featured for us already too. Exciting times ahead once again as we strive to consistently produce home grown talent at this club.
The promotion from within is really good to see. It has been a tough start this season but from the looks of December it is getting there. The Champions League group was always going to be tough and now the focus is all on Europa which is certainly winnable! Good luck for the second half of the season.
It has been a poor season if we're being honest in comparison to the standards we have come to expect. Hopefully you'll now see it out in stronger fashion. Porto present a tough test in the Europa League, though. Nice to see a heavy emphasis on bringing in young players to continue the process of building from within when it comes to blooding young lads into the first-team when the time is right.
2019-08-26 18:50#260726 TheLFCFan : The promotion from within is really good to see. It has been a tough start this season but from the looks of December it is getting there. The Champions League group was always going to be tough and now the focus is all on Europa which is certainly winnable! Good luck for the second half of the season.

Thank you mate, it is something I've always loved to do in FM but in this career it has been in a more intense and structured way in terms of only signing the best young Scottish players and not just the best young players. Had I went down the route of signing all of the best younger players throughout this full career I have no doubt I'd have at least 5 CL trophies by now but would also have lost interest probably. Still loving this! Got another 9 years to play to achieve all of my goals!

2019-08-26 19:15#260727 ScottT : It has been a poor season if we're being honest in comparison to the standards we have come to expect. Hopefully you'll now see it out in stronger fashion. Porto present a tough test in the Europa League, though. Nice to see a heavy emphasis on bringing in young players to continue the process of building from within when it comes to blooding young lads into the first-team when the time is right.

Spot on mate. Hmm if Porto were my biggest test then SPOILER alert I'm winning this thing! It must be expected from me now eh? Best part of the game for me, bringing players you've bought for 50K through the team and turning them into world class players!
Imagine's avatar Group Imagine
1 yearEdited

Domestic treble number six has been signed, sealed and delivered! It's pretty much turning into a forgone conclusion for us to complete a clean sweep domestically now and although the season started off with it's up and downs for us we soon got our act together. In the end we won the league by 24 points which is some feat given that we didn't get settled into the top spot until January almost! The team in second place has been ever changing since then and despite St. Mirren looking good for it Celtic soon overtook them before they themselves took a tumble on match day 30, then came Hibernian swaggering towards the finish line with 2nd in sight only to fall at the last hurdle to Motherwell who beat the Hibees in the match previous and stole 2nd spot at the death. Our road to the Scottish Cup was pretty straight forward apart from our semi final against Motherwell as the Steelmen took us to penalties but thankfully we came out on top. My favourite match in our Scottish Cup run was the one against Hamilton as we had faced them in the league in the match previous and they beat our senior team, so we decided to give the kids a chance against them and they did not disappoint at all!

After our Champions League humiliation we were fortunate enough to land into the Europa League and that gave us the chance to secure our second EL trophy. Our journey started off spectacularly, as we let Porto feel our Champions League pain with a 5-0 thumping first leg victory, the second leg ended in a draw but progress was already ours! We were paired with Celta Vigo next and we got off to the worst start imaginable as Willie Craig was sent off after 13mins. Despite that, we managed to take the lead for a whole 2 minutes before Celta equalised, we then took the lead again on the 37th minute.. For a whole 2 minutes.. From that moment on it was all Celta Vigo and we had it all to do in the second leg. And boy did we do it!!! The game we played that day was unreal, everyone was flying and I was starting to think that maybe European success may be coming our way once again. Villarreal was a much tougher test but the fact we managed to grind the result out over two legs instilled me with so much confidence going into our next tie against our third Spanish opposition on the trot. We managed to take the lead against Atletico in the 13th minute but a late 10 minute double salvo by German Ursino put paid to us getting a first leg result. Had we managed to hold on to the victory in that match then the follow up leg could have been so much different but in the end the Spanish giants showed their class and knocked us out without any great challenge. Another season done another season with no european success.

With the influx in youth midway through the season the squad seemed to be reinvigorated and fresh as we went on to play our best football of the season in the second part of the campaign. The development of Andy Lawless has given me another goalkeeping headache as once our loanees return we will have six goalkeeping options, seven if I'm counting young Ewan Gallacher who's just came through the academy. It may be time to move some of those lads on as we don't want any more than three goalkeepers in our squad. At right back we are so strong right now as we have two lads in their prime battling it out and another couple of young lads hoping to get a sniff. On the other side we have two lads also in their prime but no one else behind them so it might be wise for us to look out for some young left backs. In the heart of our defence we have our captain Ross McCrorie and another four lads on his level as well as another two lads looking to make the step up. We now have three options on both wings and only Glenn Middleton is likely to move on any time soon. Middleton, Willie O'Halloran, Steven Wright and Mark Rankin have all had incredible seasons individually as all four of them got double figures in both goals AND assists for the season! Our central midfielders are all really good and each player has contributed well this season but I am starting to think that maybe their mentality in the big games is holding us back. Jack McMaster is inconsistent and injury prone, Reese Camm seems to lack any flair, Adam Morrice has had a couple of big injuries and doesn't enjoy big matches and Billy Gilmour has been pretty poor in Europe this year despite not showing any great weaknesses in his game or mentality. So that makes me wonder, should I start using Steven Wright in the central mezzala role and pair him with Allan Wilson as our B2B midfielder. In actual fact I have so many midfield pairing possibilities it's going to take some time to figure out what to do about the position going forward. Upfront we have the mainstays of Tony Herd and Bobby Docherty coming off of great seasons once again. Herd has had his joint 2nd best season for us and I am really happy with his progress, Jamie Brown and Shogo Nakamura didn't set the heather alight this year but Nakamura was injured for a few months and Brown is still developing. However, we have as many as eight strikers at the club of varying ages just looking for their chance and so they will have to step it up next year. I am still happy with the team at my disposal but the past season has definitely planted seeds in my mind that maybe we do need some slight changes. On a further note I have now been inducted into the European Hall of Fame at number 17 which is a crowning achievement! Oh and Celtic are now on their SEVENTH manager in twelve years, it's so fun consistently keeping them at bay, so much so that you'd think they would just start to accept it by now.


Records to beat
Sandy Archibald - 513 League appearances
Ally McCoist - 251 League goals
Sam English - 44 League goals in one season
Bill Struth - 18 League titles


Current
Ross McCrorie - 314 League appearances
Tony Herd - 245 League appearances
Bobby Docherty - 232 League appearances
Tony Herd - 160 League goals
Bobby Docherty - 138 League goals
Alfredo Morelos - 32 goals in one season
Christopher Burns - 12 League titles

Computer has just cut out and I've stupidly not saved all day! Only 5 games worth but what a nuisance!! Usually have autosave on but must've turned it off at some point or have it on monthly. Just going to keep the last update as it was though, no point changing it now.
Another incredible season domestically with yet another domestic treble. Unfortunate to not gain any European success but with the right additions in the summer it could be a real possibility next year. The amount of options you have is really good to see and I am sure you will make the most of it!
2019-08-27 18:14#260763 TheLFCFan : Another incredible season domestically with yet another domestic treble. Unfortunate to not gain any European success but with the right additions in the summer it could be a real possibility next year. The amount of options you have is really good to see and I am sure you will make the most of it!

Thank you mate, it'll be more finding the right options within my collective squad more than new additions but some changes are needed anyway. I'm open to the idea of selling some players I've previously knocked bids back for, just hoping those bids are forthcoming again!
Ahh, what a pain in regards to your computer cutting off and affecting your save. At least it isn't too bad. The recovery over the second half of the season was excellent to see. Losing to Atletico is no disgrace, but it's a shame to see your run in the Europa League fall short so close to the end. Mad how you ended up playing three Spanish clubs!
2019-08-27 22:08#260776 ScottT : Ahh, what a pain in regards to your computer cutting off and affecting your save. At least it isn't too bad. The recovery over the second half of the season was excellent to see. Losing to Atletico is no disgrace, but it's a shame to see your run in the Europa League fall short so close to the end. Mad how you ended up playing three Spanish clubs!

Aye it was definitely a pain, not in the sense that I had lost a lot but in that I had updated on here and wanted to try replicate the original outcomes, ended up giving up on a couple of them but still wasted a few hours fixing it. Would be halfway through my next season by now but instead I'm just about to post my pre-season and transfers. Cheers man, aye those pesky Spaniards just took it out of us in the end, would've been worth it, in a sense, if we won the EL.

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