Peter Houston: I won’t be rushed on Falkirk signings

Peter Houston is in the market for another striker and additional goalkeeper. Picture: Ray Ryan
Peter Houston is in the market for another striker and additional goalkeeper. Picture: Ray Ryan
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Peter Houston insists he won’t sign any players who are not improvements on his current Falkirk squad.

The Bairns boss has already secured the services of former Motherwell striker Bob McHugh, goalkeeper Danny Rogers from Aberdeen on loan and last week beat off interest from Hibs to sign defender Paul Watson from Raith Rovers.

We have young players breaking through like Scotty Shepherd and Kevin O’Hara. I have to provide a pathway for these boys to prove they are good enough

Peter Houston

But some Falkirk fans have expressed their concerns this week that their team is still lacking firepower.

Houston confirmed to Heraldsport that he is still looking to bring in a new striker - but won’t be rushed.

“What Falkirk fans have to remember is we now have Bob McHugh, we have the excellent John Baird, and we also have Botti Biabi - who did brilliantly in the cup final but is injured just now, that’s why he’s not featured pre-season,” he said.

“We also have young players breaking through like Scotty Shepherd and Kevin O’Hara. I have to provide a pathway for these boys to prove they are good enough.

“If I brought in a 28-year-old or a 29-year-old striker it might diminish their chances. If I am to bring in someone, they have to be a real improvement.”

Heraldsport can also reveal that former Bairns hitman Lee Miller will not be returning to the club. The 32-year-old was spotted watching last week’s friendly against Hamilton - prompting speculation he could be on the verge of a return to Falkirk, where he scored 27 goals in 61 games.

“Lee Miller has been offered to me, like Bob McHugh and Paul Heffernan,” Houston said. “Lee probably does have a lot to offer another football club but I have thoughts elsewhere and other options.”

The Falkirk boss is also in the market for a new goalkeeper.

“Graham Bowman is an excellent young keeper,” he continued. “But I think he possibly needs to go out on loan for six months to gain first team experience.”

Meanwhile, Falkirk face East Fife at home on Saturday in the first round of the Petrofac Cup.

“We will give East Fife huge respect,” Houston said. “Gary Naysmith has been rebuilding their squad. I speak to him on a regular basis - he’s always on the look out for players.”