BRECHIN City Football Club were preparing for what is arguably the biggest week in the club’s history just as the “Brechin Advertiser” was going to press.
Jim Weir has urged the people of Brechin to get behind his side as they attempt to get to the last eight of the Scottish Cup competition for the first time in the club’s history.
Jim said: “People in the country love an underdog and that’s why nobody outside of Brechin probably wants us to win this game.
“It’s a massive week, not only for the club, but for the entire community.
“However, I trust my players and I know we have the players to go and do a professional job up there.
“Our supporters, especially on the road, have been absolutely magnificent this season.
“Whenever we have gone away from home they have made the atmosphere special for the players.
“I know the players appreciate that and I also want to publicly thank them.
“Nobody is pretending for one minute life is going to be easy at Buckie.
“I have watched them. I also have a couple of reports that Jim McInally (East Stirling manager) gave to us, so we have done our homework.
“Above all I trust my players. They know what is at stake here.
“I know we will take more fans with us than normal and I also know our fans may be drowned out a bit by the home supporters.
“It’s up to us we ensure that we go about the job in the correct manner.
“I would ask the people of Brechin to come out and back us and do everything in their power to try and get to this one.”
On Monday evening Jim had mixed fortunes from his dealings in the January transfer window, but is pleased to have acquired at least one new face and it was, as he revealed, almost two.
“We have signed Jordan Kirkpatrick, who almost joined us from Hamilton Accies earlier in the season before actually breaking into the Hamilton first team.
“Jordan will be with us until the end of the season. Andy Millen (former St Mirren assistant boss and Accies player) recommended the boy to us some time ago and I know they think highly of him.
“His best position is wide on the left coming on to his right foot.”
The player was included in the squad for the trip to Livingston on Tuesday evening (last night).
“We also had a deal agreed with Roy McBain of Inverness Caledonian Thistle,” continued the manager.
“All the paperwork was done and Roy had agreed to join us. However, ironically for a player who prides himself on his fitness and in a long career has rarely been injured, he went over his ankle on Monday and we have had to put the deal on hold.
“Inverness have been absolutely magnificent in the manner. They have dealt with what has happened and I wouldn’t rule an emergency loan move for Roy if he gets himself fit again in the near future. However, he is expected to be out for four or five weeks.
“He is 36 years of age. However, he’s a very, very fit footballer who prides himself on the professional manner he goes about his work and we will possibly re-visit this one in a few week’s time.”
Perhaps the best news of all, is that Rory McAllister and Craig Malloy, both of whom have been linked with SPL sides, will remain at Glebe Park at least until the end of the season.
There was also a departure with former St Mirren midfield player Mark Docherty moving on-loan to Annan Athletic.
Jim Weir’s side were travelling to face Livingston, the last side to defeat them, a few months ago, just as the Brechiner was going to press on Tuesday.
Brechin were keen to keep their unbeaten away record in shape, prior to taking on Buckie Thistle in the fifth tound of the Scottish Cup.
Jim concluded: “The games continue to come thick and fast and we have to keep working hard.
“Our win at Dumbarton on Saturday was no more than the players deserved for their efforts.
“To be honest two-one flattered the home side. That hard work has to be maintained over the next couple of months.”