BERWICK’S new management team of Ian Little and Robbie Horn face a big test of character as they try to lift their players after a disappointing 4-0 defeat at Elgin on Saturday.
Rangers travelled north at the weekend for what many considered to be one of the most important matches of the season - Elgin were right behind Rangers in the table and also chasing the play-off contenders, so a win was a must.
But for the second time this season they conceded four goals at Borough Briggs, and with Rangers not now having won in their last seven games a top four finish and the play-offs seem like a distant dream.
In their next two matches Berwick face Clyde away and Peterhead at Shielfield, games they will be looking to take points from. But they must do it without the services of Kevin McDonald, who has been a regular in the starting line-up this season.
His recent booking against Stranraer took him past the threshold which means he is suspended for the Clyde trip, and to top it off he got himself sent off on Saturday, which will mean a further ban.
Little was naturally disappointed with the Elgin defeat. He said: “We made far too many basic mistakes and let Elgin dictate.
“We have to defend better and I have been stressing that for a few weeks now, because we just cannot stop conceding goals.”
In the past year Rangers have made the 400-mile journey to Elgin four times and have lost on each occasion. They have scored only one goal and conceded 13.
Meanwhile, five months after leaving Berwick Rangers to go full-time with Hamilton Academical, Paul Currie has quit to return to the junior ranks.
The 26 year-old midfielder asked to be released from the First Division club after becoming frustrated by his lack of game time at Hamilton, but having played for two Scottish Football League clubs this season his only option was to return to the juniors.
He rejoined former club Musselburgh Athletic last week and played in Saturday’s defeat to Auchinleck Talbot in the Scottish Junior Cup.
Currie, who played under Craig Levein during a spell at Raith Rovers earlier in his career, joined Berwick in 2009 after helping Musselburgh win promotion to the Super League. He scored 21 goals in 78 appearances for the Shielfield Park club before moving to Hamilton for a four-figure fee in August.
But, after becoming fed up with sitting on the bench for the Lanarkshire outfit, Currie has returned to his home-town club for the rest of the season.
“I’m a Musselburgh boy and really enjoyed my first spell for the club,” he admitted. “But when the chance came along to play senior football with Berwick I couldn’t turn it down.
“It was the same story when I got the chance to go full-time at Hamilton but, unfortunately, I ended up becoming frustrated there. I was promised a fair crack of the whip but I found myself playing one game then not being involved for the next four or five weeks.
“I had a chat with (Hamilton manager) Billy Reid about it and I was able to get my contract terminated and a settlement. For some reason or another, I couldn’t go to another SFL club so my only option was to return to the juniors.
“I still keep in touch with Davie McGlynn and I’m delighted to be back at Musselburgh. I still have a desire to go back into the senior game and the gaffer has said he will help me find a club in the summer.”
The signing is a real coup for Musselburgh manager McGlynn, who is confident Currie will be back playing in the SFL next season.
“Paul is too good to be playing junior football and I will get him a senior club in the summer,” said McGlynn. “In the meantime, we are delighted to have him back as he’s a fantastic player who knows the game inside out.