Gers tie to relish for Fife faithful

East Fife's Darren Smith and Falkirk's Lewis Small
East Fife's Darren Smith and Falkirk's Lewis Small

BAYVIEW boss Gordon Durie says he’s thrilled to be paired with former club Rangers in the first round of the League Cup.

The gaffer told the Mail the opportunity to visit Ibrox and play against the Newco is a positive for the Fifers and reckons the Ibrox faithful will also be relishing the clash after a summer of turmoil.

Of course, the club has the matter of a Ramsdens Cup tie with Peterhead on Saturday to prepare for first, before attention can fully turn to the mouth-watering Gers tie.

Speaking after watching his side see off Division One’s Falkirk on Saturday, the gaffer said: “I actually spoke with the chairman before the draw and he asked me who I wanted.

“I told him ‘well, Rangers at Ibrox would be nice’.

“I’m delighted for the club and also the players to have the opportunity to play there.

“But I’m sure Rangers will be looking forward to it as well, to get people back to talking about football again.

“I’m looking forward to it.”

The cup tie has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 7 and football chiefs decided to shift it due to Celtic opening their league campaign against Aberdeen on the original date of August 4.

The futures of East Fife’s trialists will be finally decided this week, the manager said.

Two of those under consideration, Bob Malcolm and Collin Samuel, strengthened their cases by netting in the weekend’s win.

The manager said he expects to sit down with chairman Sid Collumbine and assistant Gordon Chisholm to decide what offers can be made.

One position in which the Fifers still look short of cover is left back.

“Andrew Cook is away at the moment doing some university stuff but he should be back soon,” said the manager.

“We’ve had to play Craig Johnstone there in a few games already so it’s somewhere we’re still looking at, really.

“We have 14 players signed and have room for more.

“There are the boys on trial here who we’ll think about but we’ve also been tracking another one or two elsewhere.”