East Stirlingshire defender Jordan Tapping is quietly confident of silencing his friends this weekend.
The 18-year-old local lad has spent the summer preparing for the season kicking off on Saturday“I have friends who are Falkirk fans,” admitted the teenager who left St Mungo’s High school last month.
“They’ve told me they’ll do this and that but you never know what can happen on the day.
“It will be a big day with a good crowd so hopefully that can push us on.”
Tapping could line up alongside former Bairns defender Connor Greene in the Shire defence when Falkirk visit.
Greene signed on for Craig Tully on Tuesday night and will report for a final preparatory training session tonight (Thursday).
Tully told The Falkirk Herald: “It’s a good chance for the lads from Falkirk (Greene and Steven Brisbane) to prove their old club wrong, prove that they have what it takes.”
The new Shire boss added that his players and backroom staff were eagerly looking forward to Saturday’s derby.
“It’s our first competitive game and it’s a great way to start the season. Falkirk should bring a big support and generate a bit of noise.
“I’ve been raring to get going ever since I took this job.”
With both sides under the guidance of new managers, there is a touch of the unknown about the fixture. But Tully will be telling his side, which will be without the experienced Chris Townsley, to be patient.
“I watched Falkirk last week, but you can never read too much in to friendly performances. When you play against higher divison teams you expect them to have a lot of the ball, and we’ll just have to stick to our game plan and be patient.
“I’m not sure how Falkirk will be lining up, and we will need to be able to adapat if necessary.
“You go into every game hoping to win, and I’m sure we’ll be able to cause Falkirk some problems at the back.
“It’s a game we’re all looking forward to.”