Peter Houston is relishing his first home competitive league match in charge of Falkirk tonight in front of a sell-out crowd.
The club’s board have made the controversial – but financially prudent – decision to shift season ticket holders from the north end of the main stand into the ‘Falkirk end’ and sell half of the stadium to visiting supporters.
The Bairns have split the stadium before – twice for a Rangers visit and also for a Partick Thistle championship party, each time breaking the 6,000 spectator barrier.
But regardless of the seating arrangements Peter Houston is looking forward to the atmosphere.
“If it’s a full house – great. We want the fans right behind the team - they can be an extra man and their encouragement can go a long way for us,” he told The Falkirk Herald.
Houston added James McDonaugh to his coaching staff this week and will bid to eradicate the defensive mistakes that cost the team victory against Cowdenbeath. Rangers too failed to win their opening game, going down to Hearts – watched closely by Houston.
“I watched their last coouple of games against Hibs and Hearts – they were fortunate against Hibs and when Hearts went ahead on Sunday they lost their confidence a little, but responded strongly.
“They’ll be a tough nut to crack and have a lot of experienced players.
“We shouldn’t fear anything. It’ll be a challenge and it’s always a big occasion when one of the Old Firm come to town.”