Bairns face defensive problems for Morton match

Jonny Flynn's red card means the Bairns could field a defence with an average age of 18 on Saturday.
Jonny Flynn's red card means the Bairns could field a defence with an average age of 18 on Saturday.

The prospect of a game with title-chasing Morton is tough enough, but Falkirk don’t have their problems to seek entering this weekend’s fixture.

Both of the Bairns’ first-choice central defenders are suspended, as is defensive midfielder Stewart Murdoch.

And The Falkirk Herald understands goalkeeper Michael McGovern is also struggling after injuring a finger in training on Tuesday.

The selection crisis will see Ryan McGeever continue in central defence after an impressive show against Hamilton.

He replaced the suspended Darren Dods and will remain as the captain sits out a second match ban from his second red card of the season.

He is joined by Jonny Flynn, who was red carded on Saturday, and Stewart Murdoch who is out after accumulating six cautions and incurring a one-match ban.

The midfielder has deputised at the back in each of the last three games when there’s been a red card shown to Kieran Duffie, Dods and Flynn.

Liam Dick looks likely to partner McGeever – his fellow centre-back in the under-20s – and Steven Pressley has been working closely with Saturday’s back-line.

He admitted: “It will be a young defence, but we have faith in the young players here.

“It is an opportunity for one of them and when they have been presented to our young players they seldom let us down.”

Dick and McGeever both signed new contracts with Falkirk at the end of last week.

His selection would also send out a clear message to Chris Smith, who has failed to start a match since October 15 last year.

David Weatherston is also out for Saturday’s game. The midfielder has had a season stuttered by injuries and now illness.

He was found to be suffering a virus in the 4-3 reverse by Dumbarton and though he shrugged off the illness, he 
has been struck down by another bug and will miss Saturday’s match with 

Craig Sibbald was another who missed last week’s draw, with an ankle knock.