BERWICK manager Jimmy Crease, who was forced to field a trialist goalkeeper in the match against Hibernian on Saturday, says finding another stopper remains a priority before the new season gets underway.
Ian McCaldon has been ruled out for the start of the season after dislocating a disc in his back. Former Hibees keeper Andy McNeil stood in between the posts, playing as a trialist, at the weekend.
McCaldon is due to go into hospital this week to have the injury assessed, but Crease says the situation has left him in a state of limbo, as he does not know how long he is going to be out, and that is why signing another goalkeeper is high on his list of things to do.
The Berwick boss, who only had ten first team squad regulars available to him on Saturday, says he also needs to sign another two strikers, as currently, Damon Gray is the only front man on the books.
Last week Crease said he had not closed the door completely on last year’s leading scorer Darren Gribben, who has been training with Hamilton.
He was offered a contract during the summer recess but has not accepted it, but the situation may be broached again this weekend as Rangers are due to face the Accies in the second of their pre-season friendlies at Shielfield tomorrow (Friday).
Gribben may or may not be included as part of the Accies’ squad for this match, but in any event it is a situation which is certain to add some spice to the fixture.
With regards to Saturday’s game against Hibs Crease said:
“It was a good run-out for the lads. Hibs said they would send down a strong squad and that is what they did.
“We could have played against someone like Threave Rovers, and that’s no disrespect to them, and won 6-0, but we probably wouldn’t have learned anything from that.
“Hibs have some very good players, including internationals, and it gave us a chance to look at a number of players and assess their capabilities.
“Overall, I thought we stood up pretty well to them. The first goal was a penalty and the second was deflected.
“The new signings (Chris Townsley and Richard Walker) showed up well and I think we will probably give Michael Deland, who played at left back, another shot, because he did okay as well.
“This whole pre-season thing is about guaging players and weeding out others who might be able to do a job for us.
“We still need three or four signings to bring us up to strength, and today was a good start. We have a few more games left before the season starts, but I know that by then we will have everyone in place, I’m confident of that.”
Rangers v Hibs pre-season friendly match report -