Danny laughs off Rose speculation

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Camelon boss Danny Smith has laughed off speculation he’s making a return to old club Linlithgow after Rose parted ways with manager David Baikie.

Smith’s high flyers are up to joint top in the Super League following their 2-0 win over Carnoustie while Linlithgow slumped to fifth after a 3-1 defeat at Bonnyrigg.

Smith, who spent 13 years at Linlithgow as a player, told The Falkirk Herald: “I was player there for 13 years so people are putting two and two together and getting five because I am a manager and they now need a manager.

“This happens at any level in football, especially for an ex-player, but I’m just laughing it all off. It’s all hypothetical. I’ve got a job to do here at Camelon.”

The Mariners’ stunning run of form has sent confidence soaring in the run-up to Saturday’s Emirates Scottish Junior Cup tie at home to former winners and Super League rivals Kelty Hearts, and Smith is hoping it will continue.

He added: “It was another good result for us last Saturday and another clean sheet, which is good preparation for the Scottish Cup tie.

“Everyone is working as a whole and when we don’t have the ball we are working hard. If you don’t concede goals you have a great chance of winning a football game.

“There’s consistency and goals, but this will be another tough match. Kelty are an established Superleague club doing well too.

“It should be a right good tie, a cracker, but I’m sure they won’t be looking forward to coming here.”

Dunipace also have a cup cracker in store when Irvine Meadow come to Westfield.

Craig McKinlay has Gary Wright back, and a full strength squad for the match against the Junior-game’s giants.

“It’s good to have a full selection choice,” he told The Falkirk Herald, “but we’re looking forward to a big cup atmosphere and a good game - hopefully with the right result too, but our priority remains the league.”

Meanwhile, Falkirk Juniors will play Dunbar on Saturday and Terry Aikman hopes to bring in a few fresh faces to supplement his squad which is also at full strength.

The Juniors boss has welcomed several players to training over the past few weeks and is now in a position to sign some of them up, and in time for Saturday’s away day.

“We have a fully fit squad - save for Brian Mackay who is a long-term injury.

“There have been a few guys catching the eye in training and with this level of football it is easy for some to come and go but there are a few who have been with us for a while and we are hopeful to add the to the squad.”