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5 July 2015

LAST week was a busy one for Argyle's new boss Derek Adams, as he brought in three new players to Home Park.

Graham Carey, 26, Gregg Wylde, 24 and Jake Jervis, 23, have all signed for the Pilgrims - and each of them have something in common from their playing days before Argyle.

As well as all coming from Scottish club, all three of Adams' new signings have some sort of Europa League experience.

Celtic's new Scottish winger Gregg Wylde boasts the most Europa League time on the pitch out of the three, having featured in 100 minutes of Europa League football. Gregg's first taste of European football came whilst playing for Rangers. The 54-time Scottish League Title winners had reached the last 16 of the tournament and, on March 10, 2011, Wylde was brought on for the final ten minutes of a 0-0 draw at the Philips Stadion. 

Just seven days later, Gregg was selected in the starting line-up for the second leg and got a full 90 minutes of European action under his belt at Ibrox. Unfortunately for Gregg, the Gers lost 1-0. However, he impressed manager Ally McCoist, and when talking to the Daily Record in 2011, Gregg admitted: "The PSV game was a massive breakthrough for me."

From one winger to another, Graham Carey has also played for a Scottish team in Europe, Rangers' Old-Firm rivals Celtic. Graham managed 13 minutes of Celtic's final group game against Rapid Vienna on December 17, 2009, in a game that finished 3-3. Celtic had been 3-0 down in Vienna, but when Graham came on the the Hoops had pulled the score-line back to 3-2. The come-back was complete for Celtic in the 91st minute, with Paul McGowan scoring his one and only goal for the Bhoys. It wasn't enough to stop Celtic crashing out of the group, in what would be Graham's one and only appearance for Celtic.

As a 19-year-old, new Argyle striker Jake Jervis was a late substitute for Birmingham City in their 3-0 victory over Nacional on Thursday, August 25, 2011. Jervis got two minutes on the pitch, with the score-line already settled thanks to goals from Nathan Redmond, David Murphy and Chris Wood. The victory meant the Blues were through to the Group Stage of the Europa League.

As well as European experience, another similarity they all share is that they have all played in Scotland and are well-known to Derek Adams. Jake Jervis and Graham Carey have already played under Argyle's new boss whilst at Ross County.


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