Bairns captain set to sign new deal

Darren Dods looks like staying with Falkirk
Darren Dods looks like staying with Falkirk

Steven Pressley is resigned to losing two senior players but is close to retaining the services of two more.

Heraldsport understands that club captain Darren Dods could finally put pen to paper today on a new deal that will keep him at Falkirk for at least another year.

Talks have also got under way to secure the services of goalkeeper Michael McGovern, who has greatly impressed both staff and supporters alike with the standard of his performances since signing from Ross County last season.

Although discussions with the Northern Irishman are only at a preliminary stage, McGovern is understood to be happy at Westfield and is eager to stay if the right deal can be reached.

One player unlikely to be at Falkirk next season is star midfielder Mark Millar.

Pressley admitted he won’t be able to keep the former Celtic player following his man-of-the-match performance against Hamilton Tuesday.

“Mark Millar has been terrific for us, but the likelihood is we’ll lose Mark at the end of the season to a club that has a greater degree of money than ourselves and can offer him a far more lucrative contract,” he said.

“But the two years he’s been here he’s given me his lot, and I’m really proud of him for the way he’s developed as a player.

“We’ve had to play him a wee bit more advanced in recent weeks, in the position that Higginbotham played. He’s obviously playing it slightly different to Kallum, but he’s looked a real goal threat and he can handle the ball well under pressure.”

Offers are also expected for defender Tam Scobbie, who at 24, is a comparative veteran in the Falkirk squad.

“I’m a manager that wants my players to go and play at a higher level,” added Pressley.

“I see that as part our remit as coaches and as a manager.”