Shire welcome back duo ahead of crucial Elgin game

Shire striker Max Wright has been plauged by injuries this season. Picture: Alan Rennie
Shire striker Max Wright has been plauged by injuries this season. Picture: Alan Rennie

East Stirlingshire boss Craig Tully could make two welcome additions to his squad for this weekend’s vital League Two match against Elgin City at Ochilview.

Striker Max Wright and on-loan Celtic midfielder Luke Donnelly may play in a game which Shire have to win to avoid the chance of becoming even more isolated at the foot of the table.

Wright has not played since sustaining a hamstring injury at the start of December while Donnelly limped out of Shire’s first game of 2015 at Berwick Rangers on January 3 and hasn’t appeared since.

But Wright managed 39 minutes in a closed-door game against Falkirk Juniors on Monday night and the Parkhead teenager has resumed training with Celtic and is expected to rejoin Shire from tonight (Thursday).

“It gives us extra options,” said Tully. “Both are important players for us and there is no doubt we have missed them. Max is good at holding up the ball and bringing other players into the action while Luke gives us an attacking threat.”

Shire have hit a real slump in form without the two key men and their situation is now starting to become worrying. Tully knows they cannot afford to become detached and will not be able to rest easy either in the knowledge that Saturday’s opponents, under the guidance of new boss Jim Weir, are starting to show good form.

“Our last two games at Ochilview ended in defeats but both results were travesties,” he said. “We have played some decent football and created good scoring chances. In our last game against Clyde we were unlucky with shots coming off the post and back off the bar. On another day we would have won.

“If you are bottom of the league and you are playing poorly, not creating chances and losing comfortably then you are right to worry. But in just about all the games we have lost recently we could have just as easily have won.”