warriors boss Davie Irons was waiting last night (Wednesday) for a call from his opposite number at Hamilton Accies to confirm whether or not Michael Devlin would be returning to Ochilview on a loan deal.
Stenhousemuir have been eager to land the 18-year-old centre half to boost their defence as they look to bounce back from a run of poor results that has stalled their promotion push.
Devlin made 10 appearances for Stenny as part of a similar loan deal last season and it’s an arrangement that Irons is keen to see repeated.
New signing Gary Smith will meanwhile go straight into the squad for Saturday’s home match with East Fife.
The striker has joined The Warriors on an initial one-month loan deal from Motherwell.
Following the call-off of their match against Brechin last week the players and staff at Ochilview have been forced to wait another week before they can return to winning ways having so far endured a miserable start to 2012.
Assistant boss Kevin McGoldrick told Heraldsport that the time for talking had passed and it was now time to start winning points.
“We’re better than our recent results suggest. We’ve been punished for mistakes that perhaps we got away with earlier in the season.”
McGoldrick took the opportunity to watch East Fife’s match with Stirling at the weekend following the cancellation of Stenhousemuir’s game and was impressed with what he saw.
“Bobby Lynn and Ryan Wallace are the two obvious stand-outs for East Fife. They have proved this season that they are top players,” he said.
“But we’re confident we can win.
“We lost three avoidable goals against Forfar last time out, and myself and Davie have been stressing to the players that we need to defend better - not just individual players but as a team.”
Martyn Corrigan is likely to miss the game, but Ross McMillan and Kevin McKinlay should return.