Shire to pitch in youths

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East Stirlingshire’s injury crisis is worsening.

“Alex Walker played on Saturday but crippled himself in the process and will probably now need an operation on his groin injury. I don’t think we will see Dean Richardson again this season either and Craig Donaldson was going for a scan this week to see if he needs an operation.

“Basically, these are three of our top players who could be out for the season and we have to find replacements.”

McInally was due to assess both in a midweek under-19 league match against Falkirk to see how they performed together before deciding on making them the centre-half pairing for this weekend’s important league match.

His bold plan has been encouraged by the development of Beveridge this season and the flawless transition made recently by teenager Craig Scott.

His squad won’t be so threadbare in other areas, though, and the return of Paul Weaver from a two match suspension is a big plus for Shire as they prepare to face one of the play-off contenders. “Paul is a big player for us and we certainly have missed him,” said McInally.

Few will give Shire much of a chance against Queen’s Park. They have lost three times to the Glasgow amateurs this season without so much as even scoring a goal.

But the Shire boss says his team has taken a lot of confidence from their last two matches in which they have claimed four points.

“We went to Berwick with only half a team last week and came within a minute of beating them,” he said. “There are wins left in us. I’ve told the players to go out and try to put a spanner in the works of all the teams going for the play-off positions. I know in the last couple of years some teams took great delight in doing that to us.”