Shire boss goes Fishing in transfer market

Craig Tully
Craig Tully

East Stirlingshire boss Craig Tully is hoping to add former Clyde midfielder Ross Fisher to his list of new year recruits in time for Saturday’s make-or-break visit to Berwick Rangers.

The 23 year-old has impressed in two matches as a trialist and Tully is keen to get him tied up until the end of the season as he looks to get his team away from the potential trapdoor out of the SPFL.

He has made significant additions to his squad since the opening of the transfer window with the arrival of Thomas Orr, Michael McMullin and Scott Ferries on loan and the signing of former Berwick Rangers striker Andy Russell until the end of the season.

Fisher would be Tully’s fifth new face since the turn of the year and he has started the process of telling some of his existing squad of players that their future no longer lies with the club.

“The players were told their performances would have to improve or we would seek alternatives elsewhere. I don’t know whether some thought we were bluffing, but they can see now that we weren’t. It’s never easy to say to players that they probably won’t feature in the plans anymore because they are a good bunch and decent players.

“But football at this level can be a ruthless business and decisions are made sometimes that can appear to be a bit cut-throat. That’s just part of its nature but it doesn’t make these kinds of decision any easier.”

It’s understood one of the players Tully will be allowing to move on is his own brother, Jon, who was signed last season but has featured in only a handful of games this season.

Tully admits that after three successive defeats confidence has taken a bit of a battering but he will sit his players down this week to talk through their issues and hopefully instil in them a winning spirit for this weekend’s important match.

“It’s obvious that when we go a goal down in games the heads drop and the confidence goes. That’s something we need to put right.

“But the defeat at Montrose, when we were 2-0 up and lost 3-2, was a real setback and I don’t think we have really recovered.

“We have brought new players in but it’s hard to ask them to go out and make an instant impact.”