Another ex-Bairn throws hat in the ring

Falkirk Football Club. 1997 Challenge Cup. Falkirk v Queen of The South. Firpark. Jamie McGowan lifts the cup.
Falkirk Football Club. 1997 Challenge Cup. Falkirk v Queen of The South. Firpark. Jamie McGowan lifts the cup.
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Another former Falkirk player is interested in the Bairns’ managerial vacancy.

Peter Houston is understood to be the first choice of the club and has been bookmakers’ favourite throughout the week.

However it has emerged today that Scottish Cup final defender and challenge cup winning captain Jamie McGowan has thrown his hat into the ring.

The former Alloa defender would be assisted by another ex-Bairn if he was successful in his application.

Entries close on Monday with a shortlist already being outlined over the weekend, with a quick appointment sought by the Bairns.

McGowan applied for the same job 14 months ago but did not make the interview stage and faces competition for the hotseat from Houston who is believed to be the boardroom’s preferred candidate.

He is currently employed as a scout by Celtic who are also manager less with Norwegian Ronny Deila in the frame for the appointment. That appointment at Parkhead may have a bearing on the Bairns job though, depending on what role, if any, Houston fulfils when the situation is settled.

The ex-Dundee United boss was targeted last weekend as it emerged Norwich were keen to take Gary holt back south. But the Bairns will assess applications which have to be emailed to ronnieb@falkirkfc.co.uk by Monday.