The future of Andy Murdoch

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After many saw Andy Murdoch as
part of the future under the new Mark Warburton era, it came as a bit of a
curve-ball to see him omitted from the first-team for the visit of Burnley last night, and instead sent to Ballymena with
the U20s.
Murdoch made a pretty big
impression under initially Kenny McDowall then Stuart McCall last season, and
it had been conceived that his promotion to the senior team was a permanent
decision, not least given Ian Durrant dropped his name as one of those formally
to make the grade.

So it was a genuine surprise and
a rather strange circumstance which saw him travel to Northern Ireland
for the 1-1 friendly draw with Bally, and the midfielder himself played down
any disappointment at not being involved at Ibrox by expressing gratitude at
getting any play time at all.
He said:
“He (Warburton) has told the young players
if you’re good enough, you’re old enough and if you do well you can get a shot
at the first team and he has laid that out to everyone. We’re all trying to
impress and to earn a place in that team.”
While many would argue that is
consistent with what the new manager has said from day one, the inclusion of
the perennially disappointing Nicky Law in the starting XI while Murdoch,
infinitely more useful last season, found himself across the water, does seem a
little odd.
While it is certainly true the
youngsters need to earn their stripes, some of them, Murdoch included, surely
already have, and with his fellow Murray Park graduates like Walsh and Hardie
named among the subs last night, Walsh getting significant game time, Murdoch
will wonder why he was not among them at the very least.
It will be very interesting to
see if he is involved at Easter Road.

14 COMMENTS

  1. The most disappointing thing that he was not included in the squad more so when the changes were made and most of the old guard from last year came on and Law kept his place the second half was a throw back to last year with Miller and Clark dropping back into the mid field the Burnley keeper could have read a paper for all he was troubled by the attempts at goal we had but the positives were there in the first half and lastly Aird at right back!! what must young Sinnaman be thinking

  2. Law should never be in instead of Murdoch but I'd sacrifice Murdoch to get Scott Allen …swap plus cash to hibs to secure Allen's transfer will be a,good deal

    • No chance , Andy must be kept and be in the team alongside Allen if we get him .This boy has real potential and we should not even think of trading him .He may be having a dip in form , but we all saw last season what he can do .We need to back our own youngsters.

  3. I would rather see him having a full game in Ballymena and expect him to play on Saturday. He has shown what he can do whereas the incoming players are still being evaluated for first team preference. I expect to see 13 or 14 players playing Saturday and Andy should be on from the start.

  4. He looked decent last season because the rest where garbage. Halliday and Thompson are better players in my opinion.

    He would need to improve to be in the starting 11 now. If we sign Scott Allan he'll be even further down the pecking order.

  5. Law Clarke Miller bell zaliukas aird temps shiels get out …all allys lads and all not good enough….should have gone with the rest of the deadwood in May …Good riddance

    • sheld and temps make squad at best bench but millar should get a job with darant dont no why they didint get harris vukich at least try to get him i heard lenon try to get him

    • Vuckic does not have either the pace nor stamina to play the high tempo pressing game that Warburton wants. Good player but only on his own terms and he struggled against both Hibs and Motherwell in the play offs

  6. Rangers have had a bid for scott allan rejected by hibs tonight,story sparse but sky sports sources have broke this transfer story,I honestly don't think they're is any chance that hibs will sell scott allan to rangers this season,they would rather let him run down his contract than sell him to us just now

  7. i think sheilds and temps good players and under new management they should make at least bench but miler should walk away

  8. Warburton stated in an interview that Murdoch and a few others needed game time with 2 games in Ireland rather than 30-45 mins against Burnley.

  9. I know andy murdoch personally. He has been carrying an injury for the last few weeks so has not had much game time during pre season which is why warbs sent him to ireland to play 2 full games.

  10. I'm sure the 90 in Bally will do more for the lad than the Burnley match. Did we ever stop to think that the "old guard" as it were were given less time to prove themselves whilst those who went to Bally instead had the full 90? I think we'll see Murdoch in.

  11. I hope he gets a chance I see summat in this boy and I hope im right!
    He looks like he could be a good un!
    Keep the faith,
    Roll on the morra,hope were celebratin a victory over the hibbees!!

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