Preparation in the bag ahead of new term

Mark Lamont is amongst the Fifers raring to get going on Saturday.
Mark Lamont is amongst the Fifers raring to get going on Saturday.

East Fife will be as ready as they possibly can be for the arrival of Albion Rovers as the 2016/17 League One campaign kicks off.

The Fifers have completed their Betfred League Cup group efforts and are now fully focused on welcoming Darren Young’s side to New Bayview.

After the title flag is unfurled in Methil the side will aim to carry out Gary Naysmith’s pre-match preparation out on the Rovers.

The gaffer said: “We’ve done everything right.

“I went to watch Albion Rovers earlier in the season to have a look myself and we had our scout at Kilmarnock .

“It’s good in our respect that they haven’t changed their squad much from the one that won the league a couple of seasons back, so we’re familiar with a few of their players.

“There are a few ex-East Fife players in there as well.

“So we’ll get a report back on them and then I have a rough idea of what I want to do in my head.

“My starting team I roughly know.

“It’s just a case of deciding what formation I want to play.

“I’m looking forward to getting the lads back in for training and having a normal week again.”

The boss says he’s still weighing up the best direction for the club’s young players, Brodie Gray, Jordan Austin and Ross Mutch.

He said: “The problem Brodie Gray has is his best position is left midfield and we potentially have Kevin Smith, Kyle Wilkie or Mark Lamont in front of him.

“For us now it’s about managing the best way for Jordan, Ross and Brodie and that may be getting them out on loan.”