#131 - I think we need some new goals now!
No, I don’t build-up the outcome of the season, I can’t temper myself any longer after such a great happiness! We just have won the Scottish Premiership… It’s absolutely ridiculous for sure, but I’ll take it! After only five seasons when I re-joined Spartans
again and after only three of them in the highest tier we have turned the impossible into reality! For the very first time in our 94-year history we can celebrate our biggest achievement ever. I’m so proud! Even more because of the terrible outcome last season when we missed European football. This revenge does taste as sweet as never before.
How come? Well, after we beat Queen of the South
in our own stadium in the 37th playing round with 4-0, Celtic
was the only club left who could possible overtake us because they had three more games to play. But only one day later they lost against Dunfermline
and so we could celebrate our first league title! A bit strange because we didn’t play ourselves, but it doesn’t matter. Soon afterwards everybody came together at Ashmore Park (the fans as well) and the following night was never coming to an end! After so many struggles this final outcome is truly satisfying. And because of all this excitement I almost forgot we are qualified for the Champions League Group Stage as well! This tiny club from Edinburgh probably performs at Santiago Bernabeu or something similar next season. Could you believe! And I didn’t even talked about all the money that is flowing around all over the place from now on. The last game of the season was against Motherwell
, but of course nobody was interested anymore. I used a couple of youngsters and also my reserve goalkeeper who didn’t play a single minute in the league this season showed up, and so providing him a medal as well. At the end we lost with only 1-0, not a shame at all.
But there was one more game needed to be played. The Scotch Cup Final against Rangers
. We can even win the double this season! But that wasn’t going to happen. After only three minutes Ian Beckley
decided to make a terrible tackle somewhere at the midfield with a lot of players in his back as well. Straight red and the match was immediately over. For me, the fans and all the people who are watching television. I fined him for two weeks, but the miserable couldn’t be turned back anymore. From that moment on Rangers
played a match won, they only need to score some goals at a certain point. Twenty minutes later they did via their star player who has a weekly wage which is almost equal with the wages of my entire squad. A couple of minutes later he doubled the score, and after the pause he fulfilled his hattrick. Not the result I was hoping for obvious, but winning the league was more then satisfying already! Maybe we can take our revenge next season immediately, when we are facing Rangers
again for the Archie Gemmill trophy, which will be our first appearance in the season-opener ever!
All summarized it was an amazing season for sure. The second half of the season was absolutely brilliant most of the time and I think we could say the guys we are loaning in are really making a difference! But what is next? I never expected this great success this soon to be honest. Now I have another six years in front of me to achieve something else. For a second I was thinking about ending this career now, but that might be to early. No, I have set myself a new goal. Until now I didn’t win something in Europe and that will be my main priority now. With Spartans
of course! No matter which one of the three, I just want to win something. I was close with Spurs
by the time for winning the Champions League, but with Spartans
the challenge will even be bigger. Six more years from now on to reach it, so I guess we need to invest big money now. But first I will judge the current squad before we carry on.
As usual to start with our goalkeepers. Cannella
is still a reliable goalkeeper. He is barely making huge mistakes and sometimes he is even winning points for us. He concede way less goals this season, although that has something to do with our upgraded defenders as well. Anyway, I’m still pleased with Cannella
and if we can’t find a player who is significantly better then this Italian dude he will be our starting goalkeeper next season as well for sure. Campbell
was my 17-year old back-up goalkeeper who went straight into the first team from our last year youth intake. Luckily we didn’t had to make use of him, because he is pretty bad, although I gave him some playtime when we realized a solid lead at halftime. But for next season I want a proper reserve goalkeeper again, especially because we have to play many more games with that Champions League thing.
In our defensive line not much changed in comparison with the season before, except one guy. Remember we panicked a little bit last summer when we signed a French guy on closing day? Well, this French guy is actually pretty damn good! Maybe Thomas Chauvin
was even they key to our league success because we limited the amount of against goals almost at half. His value is already three times as much we paid for. Together with Beckley
(he is still doing well! Besid that red card in the Cup Final though...) and Jamieson
(which loaning period is extended with another season) those three centre backs are definitely staying. If no ridiculous bid we can’t refuse is coming in at some point of course.
The main problem in our defensive line are the full-backs. They are very doubtful already for Premiership level, so definitely not good enough for the Champions League! Once again I will try to replace all of them. Which means Meekings
can go if a solid bid is coming in, or otherwise they will function as a reserve player next season because none of their contracts is expiring yet. I also loaned in Parr
this season and at some point I used him as a left-back instead of Gray
. Although Parr
is right-footed he did his job with dignity; at some point he even became a starting player, although he wasn’t familiar with this position at all. But Parr
is not helping us any further, so he will return to his own club, being Bournemouth
I’m pretty pleased with our midfielders. David Griffiths-Trevor
is still amazing and we handled to extend his loan term with another year, which I’m very glad with! I even had to search from which club (Liverpool
) we are hiring him because he is joining us for a while now. Next to Griffiths-Trevor Terry Craddock
is the main starting player as a central midfielder who is performing really well. He can score a goal, taking care for a good amount of assists and capable for giving the ‘killing ball’ quite often. He will stay for sure. Monaghan
are the reserve players for this two positions. They are okay, but I think we need to search for better players next season. Also for them counts: if a solid bid is coming in they can leave.
Our wingers are doing okay as well. Thomas
are more or les the same at the right hand side of the pitch. We picked up our former youth player Forrest
on a free and he played more games then I expected. He did quite well most of the time and his value has growth ridiculously high. He is worth now £5,500,000! But I think we can better. Again, if a solid bid is coming in one of them can leave. At the left hand side of the pitch Hinchcliffe
has become one of the weaker players in the squad right now. Still a good player, but if we want to go further we need a better one. His contract is not expiring yet, so I hope I can sell him. Panic buy Valeri
faced a somewhat doubtful first half of the season, but he did better in the second half. He can leave as well when a solid bid is coming in because I’m not truly convinced about him, but only if we can find some proper replacement.
Up front I couldn’t wish more. If I can play Lombard
together we only have to wait when they score because they will for sure. Both are amazing, especially Lombard
is a player who has overgrown our level of football already I would say. I will do everything I can to loan in him for another season, but most likely Everton
wants to make use of him themselves. But Williamson
will stay with us for at least another season. Next year will be his fourth then! Walker-Nightingale
is still a very solid reserve player, although he played a lot as a starting player because of Williamson
had a lack of form the first half of the season and there after Lombard
was getting injured. He scored a good amount of goals and if no interesting bid is coming in he will stay. Adam Murdoch
is our talent from the youth academy. He played not as much I was hoping for but when he played he did okay. However I think we are not seeing him back next season, although not in the main squad. I will try to loan him out, or maybe even sell him. I don’t think he will be good enough in the future for taking part in the main squad.
Summarized we are going to search for a solid back-up goalkeeper, new full-backs for both the right and left hand side of the pitch who can play in an attacking role as well because I still have the idea to use a system with wing-backs at some point, one more centre back, a new central midfielder, better wingers for both sides and a new striker if we can’t extend the loan term of Lombard
. But we are in a far better circumstance than last season obvious. Not any of the current contracts are expiring so we don’t have to worry about squad size for next season. In the most worse case we have to deal with the current players if we can’t sign anyone, so in essence we should at least be able to battle for the league title again! But we have some really good money next season. After all the prize money we received from both the Scotch Cup and the league we have around £10,000,000 in the bank currently, and for next season we are granted with another £13,500,000 starting money for the Champions League and I think around another £10,000,000 from television money from the biggest European club competition. So I think we can search now for some really good talented players or some kind of arrived players from mid-table league clubs. Next time I’m back to you with our pre-season results, the outcome of the Archie Gemmill trophy and hopefully some new players!
Note: As you can see we realized the league title guys! Definitely not expected but very welcome all day long! A big reward after so many struggles during this career. Thanks again for all the support as well, like it very much! Coming up next: surprising news will be announced!