The transfer window may now be shut but East Stirlingshire boss Craig Tully still hasn’t given up on trying to add fresh faces to his squad in time for next week’s return to league action.
The Shire head coach is using this weekend’s international break to assess his options after a disappointing start to the season and there remains the possibility that he may add a couple of players on emergency loans or pick up a free agent. The club had been working actively to see if they could get longer term loan deals prior to Monday night’s deadline but nothing transpired. . “Things have not shaped out how we would have wanted,” said Shire secretary Tadek Kopszywa this week. “We had worked with Craig at putting together a squad we believed would be competitive at this level but at least four key component of that line-up have never played a game. “We could not legislate for the situations we found ourselves in over David Niven and Jamie Glasgow, but they were two guys we thought would be integral. “Likewise, Neil McCabe and Paul McMullan have picked up injuries that have turned out to be much longer term than anticipated. Chris Townsley too, that’s a significant proportion of vital players who have, for one reason or another, been unavailable and that’s going to have an impact,” he said. McCabe played the full 90 minutes and scored in Shire’s 1-1 Development League draw with Raith Rovers on Monday night, all things being equal, he must be a favourite to come back for the Clyde match next weekend.