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Now that the window has closed and players have been brought in, where does that leave us in terms of formations? On the surface, it appears to me that the new players may not catogorized as immediate "wow" factor signings but if you look at the bigger picture I feel that we have a squad that is now very flexible and could offer many formations.

For example if we went for the classic 4-4-2, it looks pretty strong IMO:

---------McGregor-------

----Goian---Bocanegra---

Whittaker--------Wallace

-----Davis---McKay------

Naismith-----------Wylde

---Lafferty---Jelavic---

Alternatively you could go 4-3-3, with full-backs offering width:

---------McGregor-------

----Goian---Bocanegra---

Whittaker--------Wallace

----------Ness----------

---Davis-------McKay----

-------Naismith---------

---Lafferty---Jelavic---

If we wanted to flood the midfield we could go for an attacking 4-5-1:

--------McGregor--------

----Goian---Bocanegra---

Whittaker--------Wallace

----------Ness----------

------Davis---McKay-----

Naismith-----------Wylde

-------Jelavic----------

And lastly if you wanted to really shake things up you could go 3-5-2

--------McGregor--------

-------Bocanegra--------

----Goian-----Perry-----

Whittaker--------Wallace

----------Ness----------

----Davis------McKay----

---Naismith---Jelavic---

All in all our squad leaves us plenty of options considering I have not even included Weir, Papac, McMillan, Ortiz, Bedoya, Edu, McCulloch, Broadfoot in any of those teams.

I, like many others would have liked another striker but I still that squad is strong enough to retain our title

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We have many options and it will be interesting to see the lineup on Saturday, its just unfortunate we didnt strengthen our striking options.

The biggest potential mistake we made in our transfer dealings that could come back to haunt us if Jelavic gets injured.

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Alternatively you could go 4-3-3, with full-backs offering width:

---------McGregor-------

----Goian---Bocanegra---

Whittaker--------Wallace

----------Ness----------

---Davis-------McKay----

-------Naismith---------

---Lafferty---Jelavic---

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I like the look of that one.

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Alternatively you could go 4-3-3, with full-backs offering width:

---------McGregor-------

----Goian---Bocanegra---

Whittaker--------Wallace

----------Ness----------

---Davis-------McKay----

-------Naismith---------

---Lafferty---Jelavic---

Thats the winner for me.Ness must play when fit and that midfield looks pretty strong. I also like Naisy playing just behind the strikers.

Wylde can be used as an impact player when teams are tiring and Edu's athleticism from the bench could be effective.

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The only flaw in your formations, loch, is that Ness will never be fit. Such a shame. Bar that, yes we do have lots of options for different scenarios and the best thing about playing in Scotland is the we meet our opposition 17 times a season. Plenty of time to learn what formation to brush off all opposition as this season goes on.

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