Time for Fife to get the running shoes back on

Joe Mbu holds off the challenge of Lee McCulloch.

Joe Mbu holds off the challenge of Lee McCulloch.

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The new campaign may have only just started, but East Fife’s players have been given the ominous news of a second pre-season training spell.

With the Fifers out of action this weekend due to the international break and Ramsdens Cup ties, boss Willie Aitchsion has told the Mail he intends to use the spell out of action to top up his side’s fitness.

East Fife go into the break on the back of a 5-0 defeat to Rangers on Saturday.

This weekend, though, the club will field a team against local amateur side Leven United.

Boss Aitchison said the fixture will offer some relief for his side during a tough spell of fitness work.

The boss said: “The game is a public thing to get the community back involved with the club and let the boys enjoy themselves.

“We’re going to do a wee mini pre-season now for the next two weeks, which the players know about, so we’ll use Saturday as a break from that.”

The manager again added to his squad before the trip to Ibrox, bringing in the experienced defender Robbie Neilson to the ranks.

The manager is sure Neilson’s arrival will impact positively on his Bayview side.

He said: “Robbie is a free agent.

“It’s the same as with Gary (Naysmith) and Christian (Nade), we’ll just work away with them and the rest of the boys and see if we can build up the squad.

“Robbie is a fantastic pro and I thought he had a great game out there (at Ibrox)apart from the mistake for their fourth.

“The option had Scott (Durie) been available was to push him a bit further up the park and that would have given us a better balance with Lee Wallace and David Templeton coming down the left side.”

Saturday’s game between East Fife and Leven United kicks off at 1.00 p.m. at Leven’s King George V park.