Little can’t wait for kick off to season Brydon concludes deal to finalise switch from Duns

BERWICK manager Ian Little can’t wait to get down to some football so he can see his players in action on the pitch.

Saturday’s home game against a Hearts XI - the first in a series of pre-season friendlies - was postponed because Shielfield Park was water-logged after heavy overnight rain.

And that came just 48 hours after it was announced the club had lost another pre-season fixture against Hamilton on Saturday, July 21.

The Accies had originally agreed to visit Shielfield on that date, but then accepted the offer of a game from Bolton Wanderers the same day.

Rangers are now desperately trying to arrange alternative opposition at short notice.

On Tuesday Berwick arranged a behind closed doors game at Prestonpans against Cowdenbeath, but that too had to be abandoned because of the weather.

It was hastily switched to the all-weather pitch at Galashiels’ Netherdale, and Little said beforehand that he was anxious to see his players finally get into the swing of things.

“It’s been frustrating, there is no denying that,” he said.

“There was no alternative but to call the game off on Saturday, and that was a pity, because I had been looking fiorward to seeing our players in a full blown match, and was also looking forward to seeing one or two of the young Hearts players as well.

“When we were told we counldn’t get onto the pitches at Meadow Mill it was a blow, so we had to act quickly to get it switched to the astroturf at Gala.”

On Saturday Rangers face Dunfermline at Shielfield (2pm kick-off) and Little says that - weather permitting - this should be a good work-out for his players.

“Robbie (Horn) and I need to see where we are at,” he said, “and Dunfermline will be a difficult side to break down.”

Berwick are also arranging a game against Livingston, which will go ahead at Spartans Academy in Edinburgh on July 19 or 21.

Little said that this week he was finally hoping to conclude the deal to bring former Reserve team player Dougie Brydon back to Shielfield from his home-town club of Duns.

The central defender agreed terms a couple of weeks ago, but there was a hold-up in his registration going through at the Duns end.

But on Monday Little said the deal was ‘as good as done,’ and he hoped to finalise it on Tuesday.

Brydon, who is 25, said: “It’s grerat to be given the chance by my local team and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s taken a little bit longer than I thought to go through, but now all I want to do is get out there and play.”

Little says he currently has ‘about 13 or 14 players’ who he knows are definite signings.

“I have one or two more in training with us and I am confident that by the time the season starts we will have a full squad,” he said.

Rangers will open their competitive season with a home fixture against Queen’s Park in the first round of the Ramsdens Cup on Saturday, July 28.

“It’s been a difficult few weeks,” said Little, “as there has been so much going on behind the scenes.

“I didn’t realise there was so much to do as manager, but that’s not to say I’m not enjoying the challenge of it all.

“Like everyone else I just can’t wait for the football to start.”