Striker in waiting?

BRECHIN City manager Jim Weir has stated he may yet add to his player pool before the transfer window closes at the end of January.

Weir had hoped to add a striker to his squad this week.

However, the player in question was required by his club although the City manager stated that “the deal could still happen later in the window.”

“I had hoped to bring in a striker this week, but the player was needed by his club.

“The deal was at quite an advanced stage. However, sometimes in football you have to be patient to get the players you want and we are in no rush.

“But we have identified a player who we feel can help take us to the next level.

“His present club require his services right now, but we will be speaking to them again.”

The Brechin gaffer also said he was angry at the manner his side lost two goals at Airdrie on Saturday, despite being happy in the end to take a point.

“Sometimes its only when you have the chance to sit down and analyse games that you get a true reflection of how they really went.

“Airdrie’s manager Jimmy Boyle phoned me on Sunday and said that he felt he had been a bit premature in his initial assessment of the game, because, having just watched it all over again, we just shaded the first half.

“We have created the best chances during that period and we also passed the ball better than we did at any time in the second half.

“I was concerned at the loss of both of our goals.

“Both were avoidable, both included defensive errors on our part and both are the sort of goals that we cannot continue to concede.

“Individual players have held their hands up for some of the mistakes that were made and we have to ensure we eradicate those sorts of errors.

“Jimmy (Boyle) also told me that Andy Ferguson was offside when he knocked in the first, but we can’t blame the officials, they didn’t pick that up until watching it on telly the following day!

“We lacked aggression at times. I was a bit concerned with some of our football in the middle of the park.

“We certainly miss Barry Smith in that respect. Barry was someone, who, in the early part of this season, gave us bite in midfield and also was a great communicator. We need to do much more of that and noise things up considerably.

“Paul McLean scored a great goal, as did Neil Janczyk. The former should take a lot of confidence from his goal, for, in terms of quality it was top notch.

“We know we can play better. Big Rory missed a great chance in the first half and he was probably too honest when he stayed on his feet when he burst into the penalty area.”

Last night (Tuesday) there was a friendly against Newtongrange Star on a night City’s promotion rivals Livingston and Alloa were both in action.

“We wanted to be in action ourselves, but we couldn’t get a game fixed up.

“Alloa visit us on Saturday and they will be tough opposition once again.

“It’s a real six-pointer, but we will be up for that game, that is for sure.

“I have thought all along Ayr would get stronger and I still see that being the case.

“They have just this week had a TV deal, which will be a boost for them, and I expect them to be a major challenger for honours.”

Finally, Charlie King’s progress is better than expected and has pleased not only his manager, but his surgeon too

“Charlie was out training with the lads before Saturday’s game and I have no doubt now he will be back before the end of the season,” said the manager.

“He has pleased the medics and I am certain it won’t be long until he’s back pleasing the Brechin fans.

“He is also helping Kevin and I out with the training this week, as we are off to watch the East Stirlingshire v Buckie Thistle game.”