Around the grounds

Brechin City manager Ray McKinnon continued his efforts to build a squad for the forthcoming campaign with the signing of central defender Darren McCormack, writes Scott Binnie.

The 25-year-old played for Airdrieonians last year, captaining the Diamonds and making 38 appearances. McKinnon told the club’s website: “Darren is an excellent acquisition who will bring balance to the left side of defence.”

McCormack started his career at Hibernian, making 30 appearances and winning a Scotland Under-21 cap. He then moved to Ross County and East Fife before the Excelsior Stadium this time last season.

City boss McKinnon is keen to add more players in the coming weeks.

Brechin were beaten 4-1 at home by Aberdeen in their first pre-season fixture last week.

They will face Angus rivals Montrose, again at Glebe Park, on Saturday.

Forfar Athletic signed former Queen of the South midfielder Derek Young last week, adding some significant quality to the middle of the park. Derek, who has also played for Aberdeen, Dunfermline Athletic and Greenock Morton, won the league and cup double with the Dumfries side as they secured the Scottish Second Division and Ramsden’s Challenge Cup in 2013. Brother Darren was recently appointed manager of Albion Rovers.

The Loons’ pre-season fixtures get underway with a closed doors friendly with Preston Athletic on Saturday before they host Inverurie Loco Works next Tuesday.

Arbroath welcomed former Stirling Albion manager Allan Moore as their new boss, Moore taking over from the recently departed Paul Sheerin.

Moore was boss at Forthbank between 2002 and 2010, taking the club from the lower reaches of the Third Division into the First Division.

Moore’s new side were thrashed 7-0 in their first pre-season encounter at home to Aberdeen.

Barry Robson grabbed a double with Mark Reynolds, Peter Pawlett, Willo Flood, Adam Rooney and Declan McManus also on the scoresheet.

Montrose delighted their young fans at the weekend as the players trained alongside the Community Trust’s Soccer Saturday session at Links Park.