Groundhog day for midfielder Murdoch

FALKIRK midfielder Stewart Murdoch sent Brechin City tumbling out of the Ramsden’s Challenge Cup for the second season in a row - and now wants to re-write history.

The 21-year-old was on-loan at East Fife last season when the Fifers went to Glebe Park and won.

They followed that with a match against Raith a fortnight later - and lost.

But Murdoch - with the start of the league season in sight wants to right that defeat with victory when the league campaign starts next weekend.

“I was at East Fife last year and we beat Brechin 2-0... then we got put out by Raith Rovers in the next round.

“I’ve repeated one step, but I want to right that wrong from last season in a couple of weeks,” he told Heraldsport.

Murdoch made considerable strides after being called back to Falkirk’s first team after a loan spell at Methil.

Now he’s a marauding midfield marshall for the Bairns alongside Mark Millar who faces a suspension once the league campaign starts.

But the Dundee tie splits the first two league fixtures of the season, allowing Millar to regain his place beside Murdoch - but the responsibility will rest on the Academy graduate in the meantime.

“I think it’s good the cup games come in before the league because it builds up the competitive appearances and it helps not bouncing straight in from friendly to league fixture. It kind of eases you in and gets you going.

“But it is the league we are all looking forward to.

“It will be a hard game up at Raith; they’ve lost players but they’ll still be tough I’m sure of that.

“The league is what we are focussed on - it’s our bread and butter.”

Murdoch drew parallels with himself and teenager Blair Alston - two young players who have been classed as experienced pros in this term’s youthful Bairns’ squad.

“I’m one of the more experienced players now - I learned off Marky last season and now when Dale Fulton, or whoever, comes in to replace him - and if I’m picked - then I’ve got to set the example to the younger guys.

“It’s a strange thing being an old 21-year-old, but the guys showed at Brechin we all have what it takes and I think we played well.”