The Beast’s ban is Rodgers’ opportunity

Date: 14/07/12. Stenhousemuir, OCHILVIEW, Stenhosuemuir v Stirling Albion in a pre season friendly. Pictured: New signing John Gemmill.
Date: 14/07/12. Stenhousemuir, OCHILVIEW, Stenhosuemuir v Stirling Albion in a pre season friendly. Pictured: New signing John Gemmill.
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JOHN Gemmell’s suspension is an opportunity for someone else says Warriors assistant boss Kevin McGoldrick.

‘The Beast’ was sent off for a violent conduct incident and is expected to sit out three games immediately.

That starts with Saturday’s match with Alloa, and Andy Rodgers could be the man to fill the striker’s boots after being relegated to the bench recently.

“I know it’s a cliche but it is a chance for someone to come in. We have a good enough squad for someone to take their chance and who knows, John may find it difficult to get back into the team.

“Andy Rodgers has been out of things recently and he’s not been happy - which is understanable - we wouldn’t want him satisfied with that.

“But he has been thoroughly professional and in the two league games he’s missed we haven’t won so maybe this could be a chance for him to stake his claim again.”

The Warriors face an Alloa side which has adapted well to life in the Second Division, under new boss Paul Hartley.

The club has done the homework on the Wasps and McGoldrick says the visitors provide a fresh challenge having never come up against Hartley in a playing capacity before.

“Paul’s just transferred his playing philosophy over into his managerial system and it’s doing well for him,” added McGoldrick.

“It’s a bit of a local derby too so there’s added spice there and we have never faced Paul or his Alloa side and that could be a good thing.

“We know a lot about the teams in the Second Division but Alloa is a fresh side to face. It will be tough because theyve carried on where they left off last season when they came up as champions.”

As well as Rodgers’ potential inclusion at Gemmell’s expense, the Warriors also miss Ross McMillan who was sent off against Forfar.

Kevin McKinlay is a doubt and though Eric Paton is nearing a comeback, Saturday is too soon for the mercurial midfielder.