Caolan looks to make an impact on play-off race

Caolan McAleer is looking to put his injury nightmare behind him and become a crucial part of East Fife promotion push.

The winger has endured a difficult start to the year with a knee injury seeing him spend more time in the stands than on the park.

But the winger bounced back at the weekend and wrapped up East Fife’s 2-0 win over Arbroath.

The three points ensured that East Fife remain in fourth spot with just a few games of the season remaining.

McAleer, though, is just delighted to be returning at such a crucial stage of the campaign.

He said: “It’s been a really frustrating five or six weeks for me.

“Anything I tried - I just couldn’t get back fit and the knee kept on bothering me.

“But I felt quite sharp against Arbroath and knew I could make an impact if I came on.

“I managed to get a good goal but it was important that we got the three points after the result of last week (when East Fife went down 2-0 at East Stirlingshire).

“I drifted into the box and Alan Cook has done brilliantly to find me.

“I was delighted to go and celebrate with the fans.

“It was pure adrenaline.”

The Fifers were due to welcome Berwick Rangers to Bayview as the Mail went to press on Tuesday evening before bottom dogs Montrose arrive in Methil on Saturday.

McAleer says it’s important that he and his team mates continue to grind out positive results.

“It’s a really big week for us,” he said.

“We didn’t want to go into these games on the back of a few defeats.

“The heads would have been down and it would have been squeaky bum time to be honest.”