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It "would be an indictment" on the Collingwood players to lift for Buckley's farewell


Nathan Buckley will coach Collingwood for the last time on Monday afternoon, taking on the top-of-the-table Melbourne.

It will likely be an emotional day for the club and the players, despite taking place at the SCG.

The question is whether the Magpies will get a lift from the occasion and the situation and if they do, whether it will be enough to topple the Demons.

Former St Kilda star Nick Dal Santo however sees it differently.

“It would be an indictment on that playing group if they lift for this,” Dal Santo told SEN’s The Picks.

“I think they have (been playing their hardest for Buckley). I honestly mean this, if they lift for this, if they give a four-quarter effort, then where the hell has it been for the last 12 weeks?”

Dal Santo is tipping Melbourne to win the Queen’s Birthday contest comfortably.

“I don’t think they’re going to smash them necessarily, but I think it’s more than (five goals),” he said.

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As for the Collingwood coaching role and who should fill it, Dal Santo hopes the Pies don’t lock themselves into trying to land a big name.

“I don’t think it necessarily needs to be a high profiled and experienced coach,” he said.

“I think the process should include everybody. Just pick the right person at the right moment. It’s all you can do.

“Someone who can grow with the group.”

The teams for the big game will be confirmed tomorrow, with the Demons likely to regain wingman Ed Langdon.

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