Corrigan happy to have striker selection struggle

Stenhousemuir v Forfar Athletic'Stenhousemuir manager Martyn Corrigan looks on as player is tackled hard'Pic by Alan Murray 01-09-12
Stenhousemuir v Forfar Athletic'Stenhousemuir manager Martyn Corrigan looks on as player is tackled hard'Pic by Alan Murray 01-09-12

Martyn Corrigan could face another selection headache ahead of Tuesday’s League Cup clash against Inverness - but this time it’s a positive.

The Warriors boss was without six first ream regulars for last week’s match against Alloa Athletic, but the players drafted in worked well as Stenny ran out 2-0 winners at Recreation Park.

“We’ve not got a large squad of players, but we do have a lot of quality and Saturday’s result proved that,” Corrigan told Heraldsport.

“The game against Albion Rovers on Saturday is my main priority at the moment. That game is the chance for players to prove they should be in the team to face Caley.”

Fans’ favourite Andy Rodgers was one player to make a return against Alloa following John Gemmell’s forced abscene through suspension.

The latter will miss Saturday’s game, but will be available three days later. But the Stenny boss would not be drawn on which striker would get the nod against established SPL battlers Caley.

“Andy came in and did well against Alloa. He’s too good a player to leave sitting on the bench, but I think he knows himself that before he wasn’t playing at the level we know he’s capable of.”

The Ochilview side travel to Coatbridge this weekend to take on Albion Rovers, and Corrigan will welcome back Ross McMillan into the squad. Kevin McKinlay is a doubt but could also return.

And that means another selection headache for the Ochilview management team of Corrigan and Kevin McGoldrick.

“Every game in this division is a battle - and we’re expecting Saturday’s to be even more so. You expect a physical game when you travel to Cliftonhill.

“Myself and Kevin want to see the kind of spirit, determination and will to win that we displayed against Alloa every week. Every game we play, the expectation of winning has to be there.”

Stenny have of course already claimed one SPL scalp this season after defeating Kilmarnock in the previous round of the League Cup. Terry Butcher’s Inverness side are likely to prove a tougher prospect - as Corrigan knows from personal experience.

“Terry was my manager at Motherwell for six years. He knows how to get the best out of his players. I’ve not spoken to him since I took the job here, but it will be good to catch up on Tuesday.”