Board to hand Little cash to boost team in January

Berwick chairman Brian Porteous has promised manager Ian Little money to strengthen his squad during the January transfer window.

Porteous, who was re-elected into the position at last week’s club AGM, said Little will be handed enough money to bring in ‘two or three new players’ to boost the team’s end of season play-off hopes.

Berwick Rangers v Ranger in the second round of the Ramsdens Cup at Ibrox'Ian Little

Berwick Rangers v Ranger in the second round of the Ramsdens Cup at Ibrox'Ian Little

He said Little had been told that a play-off place was the very least the Board of Directors expected.

“Ian and his backroom staff have been handed the biggest-ever playing budget this season,” said Porteous.

“We had a sticky patch recently when we didn’t win for seven games, - the latest record is only one win in ten after a 2-0 defeat at Elgin on Saturday - but the season is far from over. There is still time to push up the table and money will be made available to bring in players in the New Year.

“We are not going daft, but it will be enough to bring in two or three new faces which will hopefully have the right impact on the team.”

Porteous said he had read comments from some fans on social media sites which suggested the Berwick Board had no ambition.

“That couldn’t be further from the truth,” he said. “We want Berwick to finish as high up the league as we possibly can. We expect a play-off place at the very least, because we want to see this club progress in the seasons ahead and that means winning promotion out of the second division at some point.”

Berwick made a profit of £23,000 in the financial year ending May 31, 2013, mainly brought about by income generated from games against Rangers, which Porteous said the club was very happy about.

“But there is always room for improvement, both on and off the field,” he said.

“Some fans want instant success, but that doesn’t always happen in football. What they have to realise is that first and foremost this is a business.

“We have made a profit for three years in a row now, which shows we must be doing something right.”

“But of course the success of any club is determined by what the team does on the field, which is why we want to give Ian the chance to strengthen his squad in the January window, giving the side the opportunity to achieve its goals.”