Concentrating on visit to the Rock

BRECHIN City manager Jim Weir, has challenged his players to “concentrate on the matter in hand” when they face Dumbarton at the Rock this weekend.

Weir said that, despite the uncertainty hanging over the club’s Scottish Cup opponents, there was no such uncertainty relating to the league fixtures and that his players must be willing to hit the ground running.

“We need to concentrate on doing a professional job whoever we play in the cup.

“However, first and foremost we have two important league matches to play and we have to be totally focused in our approach to them.

“Dumbarton were in action on Tuesday (yesterday) and we had someone along watching the game.

“We were training and want to keep abreast of how they are approaching games under a new manager (Alan Adamson).

“What is most important, however, is how we approach these games, both Saturday’s game at Dumbarton and Tuesday night’s game at Livingston.

“We have had a busy week, despite the loss of the Alloa league match on Saturday.

“Last Tuesday we played Newtongrange Star and won two-one in a friendly at their place, with goals from Rory McAllister and Neil Janczyk.

“On Sunday, we played Dunfermline Athletic. We lost this game three-two, having been two goals up, but I wasn’t too irate with the players, given that the most important thing of all was simply getting a game under their belts.

“Again it was a very worthwhile exercise. Rory McAllister scored, as did striker partner David McKenna, and while we made some changes at half-time there were other positives which came from the game.

“One of these was big Gerry McLaughlan getting another hour of football under his belt, and he appeared to come through it unscathed.

“Having been recovering from his operation, Gerry has also served his one game ban, having missed the Airdrie United match, so he will be available for the squad for Saturday. If not for Saturday then hopefully for Tuesday.

The manager also reported no bids for any of his players from SPL clubs, despite comments in the national media linking Craig Molloy with Hibs and Kilmarnock and Rory McAllister with Aberdeen and Dundee United.

“That’s the sort of speculation you attract when your players are performing well and it’s important for all of our squad to concentrate on the matter in hand and not be distracted by any of the paper talk.

“With regard to bringing in players we have a couple of things we are working on at present and hopefully we will be able to tie up a couple of new players before the end of the transfer window.

“There is nothing imminent, but we want to strengthen before the window closes and hope to have a couple of things tied up soon.”

Tuesday night of next week sees City face yet another top of the table clash when they make amazingly, in the first week of February, their first trip of the season to Almondvale to take on full-timers Livingston.

First however, the manager is 100 per cent focused on getting a result against a Dumbarton side whose results have enjoyed something of an upturn in recent weeks.