10 Worst SPFL signings this season

By Cameron Christie

10 – Scott Boden

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This is a personal choice as he was my own to watch at the start of the season, following 4 goals in 5 league cup games, betting money on that he would hit double figures this season. He hasn’t yet, and is highly unlikely to. Boden has just one goal to his name, a dubious one to that too, in the league. He lost his place initially to Alex Fisher, who lost his place to Lassana Doumbouya. Boden has now been reduced to rare substitute appearances and it wouldn’t surprise me if he is offloaded before January following Henri Anier being signed.

9 – Yordi Teijsee

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Signed from the Dutch 5th division, it was always likely that he would be a poor signing for Dundee. The big man has failed to register a goal in the league during his time at Dens, missing numerous sitters. His only goal came in the league cup against Forfar being the last in a 7-0 win. Having lost his place to Marcus Haber in October, he hasn’t been seen since the win at Hamilton, on the 29th of that month. He is yet another signing I wouldn’t be surprised to see depart before the season ends. 8- Wes Burns- Again a personal choice but I just really hate Wes Burns. Surprisingly made 21 appearances during his spell at Aberdeen but just one goal from the winger/forward wasn’t good enough to keep him at Aberdeen. Following going back to Bristol City he has been sold to Fleetwood. A young player happier to go out on the lash on a Saturday night than to knuckle down and try cement a place in the first team is the reason he seals a place on this list.

8 – Wes Burns

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Again a personal choice but I just really hate Wes Burns. Surprisingly made 21 appearances during his spell at Aberdeen but just one goal from the winger/forward wasn’t good enough to keep him at Aberdeen. Following going back to Bristol City he has been sold to Fleetwood. A young player happier to go out on the lash on a Saturday night than to knuckle down and try cement a place in the first team is the reason he seals a place on this list.

7 – Joe Gormley

St Johnstone signed the striker on loan from Peterborough in the summer but injury saw his playing time limited to a sub appearance in a draw away to Hamilton and just 49 minutes in his only start in a league cup quarter final against Aberdeen. The striker cancelled his loan at St Johnstone early and ripped up his contract at Peterborough to return to his native Northern Ireland citing home sickness as the reason. He briefly retired from football before signing for Cliftonville.

6 – Richard Roy

Richard Roy is a strangely funny name. The Trinidad and Tobago international forward was signed for Hamilton on in August from Delta Force in Trinidad and was released before the new year. Like Gormley, he made just two appearances’, one in the league and one in the league cup totalling to just 21 minutes. He missed a sitter to beat Partick Thistle in his own league game. When you are below the Alex D’Acol and Rikish Bingham in the pecking order, you cannot be very good.

5 – Phillipe Senderos

Signed on a one year deal rumoured to be worth £16k, Senderos has been a disaster of a signing for Rangers. The former Arsenal and Swiss International defender has made just 2 appearances’, one being the in the 5-1 disaster in which he was sent off for violent conduct against Celtic and the other against Partick Thistle back in October. When Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson are keeping you out of the side, questions need to be asked. He’ll be happy to take the money to sit on the bench every week but it’s a massive waste of a wage from Rangers is just one of their many poor recruits from the summer.

4 – Kilmarnock loans

Kilmarnock signed a ridiculous number of players on loan with none of them making any significant impact. I can’t even remember most of their names but the fact that two of them were sent back within a month is quite telling and most left at the turn of the year. Scott Boyd from Ross County is the only summer loanee to still be at the club. Killie have brought in three new loans from Newcastle and they will hope they can make more impact than the players they are replacing.

3 – Joe Garner

Rangers fans may love him, starting a campaign for Glad All Over to get to number 1, in honour of Joe Garner, but he just isn’t very good. He puts in a shift but his biggest contribution is assualting the opposition centre halves. He has 3 goals in 18 league games which for any striker is poor but especially for one who cost his side almost £2 million. Despite this, he is only a poor signing so far, he is the most likely on the list to not be on it by the end of the season if he comes back with a bang following a shoulder injury.

2 – Conor Sammon and Tony Watt

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I’ve included this pair as a duo. Hearts “won” the battle for Sammon’s signature in the summer and Watt needed to get his career back on track. This could and should’ve worked. Sammon operating as the target man and Watt playing off him and making runs in behind but my god, it failed miserably. The pair only managed one goal each. Sammon just isn’t very good and Watt has poor positional discipline. It took the time for the media and Neilson to see that Watt just wasn’t cutting it and eventually was dropped for the Johnsen who has been a significant improvement. Cathro hasn’t started either player since he came in and has allowed Watt to return to Charlton and has tried to punt Sammon too. Sammon is probably the poorer signing due to being one of Hearts top earners and signed to a 3 year deal

1 – Joey Barton

This needs no explanation.

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