Craig’s raring for new season

EAST Fife’s Craig Johnstone says he can’t wait for the 2013-14 season to start and put the misery of the last campaign to bed.

The Fifers toiled last term and had to battle through the play-offs to retain their Division Two status.

This year promises to be even tougher, with both Rangers and Dunfermline amongst the league ranks.

However, Johnstone, whose performances at left back last year led to several end of season fan awards, says despite the added competition he can’t wait to get going again.

“It’s a season that I’m really looking forward to,” said the defender. “I’m a Rangers supporter so to be going there is great.

“We played at Ibrox last season in the first game and the atmosphere and the noise was unreal.

“We were used to playing in front of four or five hundred fans and then we went to that.

“But it was a good experience for us so we’ll be ready this time.

“Last season, if you look at the players we brought in, we didn’t do anywhere near as well as we should have.

“Sometimes it was bad luck, other times we defended poorly, but mainly it was because we just weren’t good enough on the day.”

Despite the side’s lowly finishing position, Johnstone was one of the few highlights, as he made the left back position his to keep.

His performances led to new boss Willie Aitchison quickly rewarding him with new terms.

“I was really happy to sign on again because it’s my local team,” said Johnstone.

“I was brought in by Stevie Crawford for pre-season and neither of us really knew how it was going to work out.

“But I’m happy to now be going into another season.

“The first season I found it hard and last year too I was in and out of the team.

“But I worked hard on getting myself a lot fitter and was then asked to play at left-back.

“I’ve managed to settle there now.”