New signing David Smith knows he must perform well at Falkirk - because his next door neighbour is a die-hard Bairns fan.
The winger joined Peter Houston’s team on Monday evening as the transfer window closed after watching Falkirk defeated 4-1 by his previous club Hearts.
Defender Joe Shaughnessy also joined Smith at The Falkirk Stadium in a late swoop by Houston.
But when Smith heard he had the option of a switch to Falkirk he was keen, and not only to cut his daily commute from Cumbernauld.
“When my situation at Hearts came to an end the manager spoke to my agent and I was keen to get started,” he said.
“I saw Falkirk on Saturday. The team didn’t have a good day but they still showed they want to play football.
“I want to get back playing first-team football and hopefully I can do my bit if I get the chance - there are good young players here so it won’t be easy.”
And having grown up nearby he’s well aware of Falkirk’s support base and even lives next-door to one in Abronhill.
“I’m only 15 minutes down the motorway so it’s a good move in that sense too.
“My neighbour text me when the news I’d signed came out saying ‘Come On The Bairns’ so there’s even pressure from him next door. I think he’ll be looking to get some tickets from me too!”
Meanwhile, Owain Tudur-Jones is expected to sign for Falkirk this morning when he reports for training at Westfield.