Date: 23rd June 2007 at 11:05pm
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Jimmy Calderwood has given himself a selection headache with the acquisitions of his new, versatile players. Last seasons UEFA place achieving squad was very much a case of players in their place and in that place only but the signings of Lee Mair, Jackie McNamara and Jeffrey De Visscher means that he has much more options as each can play in at least two positions without a drop in effectiveness and Calderwood has far more tactical options.

Jimmy in his daily press conferences admitted that he`ll rely on the pre-season friendlies to try and perm his best outfield 10 to make sure they get off to a flyer when they go knocking on Tannadice on the 4th of August.

He admitted his welcome dilemma when he said, ‘I can honestly say that I don’t know what my starting line-up will be on the first day of the new season,”.

‘People will probably question that statement but it’s the truth.

‘I have one of the strongest squads I have worked with during my time in management and I have options in different departments.

‘Jackie, Lee and Jeffrey all bring extra quality to the squad and it’s great to have them all on board while Jonathan could well get a chance in the future.

‘But a lot depends on how the lads perform in pre-season training and what they do in the pre-season matches.

‘That will have a major bearing on my thoughts for the start of the new season.’

There is still the possibility that another striker will be brought to the club in a bid to keep the current five on their toes and again they`ll know that neither is guaranteed a starting jersey with the boss having Mackie, Lovell, Miller, Brewster and Maguire already to choose from.

Jimmy was quick to appreciate the level the players took the club to last season but he knows just a little more quality is needed for the next jump.

‘The lads that served me so well last season deserve a lot of credit for the effort they put in.

‘Some people will say they deserve to start the new campaign in the team but that can’t simply be the case.

‘Everyone has to earn the right to start every match by doing well in pre-season.

‘If someone gets off to a bad start he might find it very tough to break back into the team.’

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