Bennett and McGovern delighted to be Bairns

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NEW Falkirk players Rhys Bennett and Michael McGovern say they are delighted to be Bairns.

The pair were both in impressive form against Hibs on Tuesday night. The game might have been a friendly but they both showed fierce competitive spirit.

Bennett put the Bairns in front with only four minutes played and was a rock-solid presence in the Falkirk defence.

McGovern produced a string of saves in the second half which suggests he will be a valuable addition to Stephen Pressley’s squad as they try to secure promotion back to the Premier League at the second time of asking.

“This is the perfect club for me” Bennett told Heraldsport.

“The gaffer sold it to me by saying that I would be playing every week, and that’s exactly what I need at this stage in my career.”

Rhys signed on a season-long loan deal from Bolton Wanderers after boss Owen Coyle personally recommended him to Stephen Pressley.

The 19-year-old is an imposing physical presence and proved his strength by successfully marshalling Hibs striker Garry O’ Connor, a player almost ten years his senior.

Conceding soft goals was a recurring problem for Falkirk last season, and the addition of a strong central defender and goalkeeper could go a long way in helping resolve that issue.

were progressing.

“Hibs were the first Scottish team I’ve played against” Bennett continued.

“I was pleased that they seemed to want to play football.

“I like to get the ball on the deck and pass it around. Bolton have a reputation for being a physical side, but they know how to play football.”

Michael McGovern is used to the demands of the Scottish game, having spent two years at Ross County.

The former Celtic trainee is looking forward to the new season.

“I’m delighted to be here. I know the manager from his time as a player at Celtic, and he told me it was a young team here but they would be giving the title their best shot.”