Falkirk are in dire need of new recruitments to stave off the threat of Championship relegation, so they have wasted no time in getting fresh faces through the door.
Experienced midfielders Ian McShane and Abdul Osman have joined the club, McShane from St Mirren and Osman on a free transfer, and Motherwell youngster Ross MacLean has penned an 18-month deal with the Bairns.
Usually promotion pushers, Falkirk have struggled all season, with the current crop of players not seeming up to the challenge. It’s little surprise fans have been less than impressed with their side.
New signings have gave cause for optimism though, well, at least some of them have. Fans were delighted with the capture of Ian McShane.
Excellent signing— Ryan_Calum 🗣 (@Ryan_1876) January 3, 2019
Good signing on the face of it— Gordon Profit (@Goags1957) January 3, 2019
Pleased with the signing of MacLean.
This is what we like to see. More please— Ryan, Ryan Wilson (@RyanWilson76) January 3, 2019
Welcome to the bairns💙👍 #COYB— linda hogg (@lindahogg8) January 3, 2019
And Osman’s arrival prompted mixed reviews.
Wake up Bairns! Osman and Dixon were free agents for a reason – they weren't wanted elsewhere.— Alan John Henderson (@ajayhaitch) January 2, 2019
Good luck Falkirk hahahahahahahahahahahahaha— Ciaran Sheridan (@ciaransheridan_) January 2, 2019
It seems solid on paper
McShane and Osman have been brought in to general the midfield, and both have good experience in Scotland’s top flight. Osman captained Partick Thistle in the Premiership, whilst McShane has turned out for Ross County and St Mirren, amongst others.
McShane will be a reliable option, however, question marks remain over Osman’s motivation.
He didn’t seem the least bit bothered during Partick’s relegation to the Championship, and was quickly off the ship once they were relegated. This will worry Bairns fans.
Ross MacLean is a promising signing. He featured sporadically for Motherwell last season, but still managed minutes in their bigger games, including the Scottish cup semi-final.
A fast and technical winger, the highly thought of Fir Park youth academy graduate could shine for Falkirk.
These signings have potential, but will they help Ray McKinnon’s men avoid the drop come May?