John Coughlin will use East Stirlingshire’s free week to try and find a solution to his most pressing problem – how to score goals.
The team that has led SPFL Scottish League Two since the opening day of the season were deposed after last week’s 1-0 defeat against Clyde and the head coach knows that finding a reliable source of goals is the only way of reaching the summit again.
He has fixed up two friendly matches to compensate for the lack of competitive action this weekend and hopes to have worked out a formula before Shire face Albion Rovers at Cliftonhill on Tuesday evening (kick-off 7.45 p.m.).
And that may mean modifying his tried and tested lone striker policy where even the coach has admitted skipper Kevin Turner has been struggling with his form and with making the system work.
“We’ll split the squad between the two games and that will give me the chance to look at different options,” he said. “We have a number of players coming back from injury as well and they have not had the game time they need. But we have to find a solution soon because we’re finding scoring goals a real problem at the moment.”