Manager’s fixture pile-up concerns

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MANAGER Mike McKinnon believes Selkirk’s lingering hopes of promotion could be derailed by a fixture pile-up, writes Kenny Paterson.

With Selkirk having only played seven games in the East of Scotland First Division so far, the Yarrow Park club have to get in 19 matches before the end of season.

McKinnon, whose side host Duns tomorrow, said: “It is a concern. The problem is if you do well in the cup competitions you end up having to play catch-up in the league.

“It looks like we will have to play three times a week, which will be tough.

“It is nobody’s fault. In situations like this people often say we should shut down in January, but Scotland’s weather is so unpredictable.”

McKinnon is hoping to recruit two new players from the Edinburgh area, after midfielder Bryan Tait left the club to spent more time with his family.

He told us: “It is a shame because Bryan is a great lad and good player. There are no hard feelings and there has been no fall-out.

“I have spoken to Ross (Anderson, vice-chairman) about adding to squad because by mid-March suspensions start to kick in. We definitely need to strengthen.

“Our next five games are absolutely crucial – if we can go on a wee run of form then we can put ourselves in a position at the end of February to have a go at a promotion spot.”

Tomorrow’s kick off is 2.30pm.

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