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IT WAS postponements almost all round this weekend in the Scottish Football League as winter seemed to have arrived at last.

Three of the Angus clubs found themselves with a free afternoon when Forfar Athletic and Brechin City had their away days at Stirling Albion and East Fife respectively, called off. Gayfield was also deemed unplayable for Arbroath’s fixture against Airdrie United.

Montrose, incidentally the only Angus club at the moment with an artificial pitch, were unlucky with their 1-1 draw against Annan Athletic.

Elsewhere there was very little action as the January transfer season drew to a close. However, Peterhead midfielder Barry Sellars became the fourth summer signing by previous manager John Sheran to leave the Blue Toon this week.

After leaving Forfar Athletic in the summer, Sellars made ten appearances for the club and scored once.

Alan Rattray and Paul Watson have also left and will be on loan at St Andrews United until the end of the season. Aaron Conway is also out on loan, with Dundee Violet, until May.

Despite the lack of lower league football at the weekend many would have been drawn to the drama of the Scottish Cup.

SPL leaders Celtic avoided any “Super Caley go Ballistic” headlines with their 2-0 win over the Highland side at the Caledonian Stadium on Saturday ensuring their place in the final.

Meanwhile, Tayside outfit Dundee United caused arguably the biggest upset of the weekend with their 2-0 win over Rangers at Ibrox.

Although reports suggest that the away support was tremendous, Rangers chairman Craig Whyte will perhaps have been wondering what on earth to do as the 51,000 capacity Ibrox drew a crowd of just 17,822.

Finally, in a unique move, Arbroath will be offering free entry to tonight’s league match against Stirling Albion following the game’s postponement on Boxing Day. It will be interesting to see how attendance is affected by the move and whether other Angus clubs will follow similar initiatives in the future.