Bairns assess Roberts ahead of Bully Wee clash

Phil Roberts scored against Dunfermline in unorthodox fashion
Phil Roberts scored against Dunfermline in unorthodox fashion

Falkirk may have a new face in the squad for Saturday’s Ramsdens Cup match at Clyde’s Broadwood Stadium.

Gary Holt will take his team to Cumbernauld for the first competitive match of the season after running the rule over trialist Phillip Roberts this week.

The former Arsenal man scored in last week’s draw at Dunfermline just hours after landing in Scotland from London. He has been in and around the Bairns camp all week, including at Dumbarton on Tuesday.

The Bairns boss has also been looking at Rory Loy, and a decision will be made this morning on any potential new signings following last night’s board meeting.

Gary Holt hinted at a new signing when speaking to The Falkirk Herald this week.

“There might be potential for new faces, it’ll be trialists. It might not be, but at the moment it looks like it will be on trial, unless we can get something done,” he said.

“I have a board meeting (last night) where I’ll argue my side, but we know where we’re at and if we can get something done great. If not, I’m prepared to have a look at trialists.”

The new faces in Saturday’s team might not necessarily come from outwith the club either, as the Bairns’ head coach was certain there will be a different look to his side after several impressive second half perfroamnces in Tuesday night’s Stirlingshire Cup final.

“It will be (different), I don’t have a settled side yet. People are still making their impressions on me.

“Look at the game, some of the younger players caught the eye, Michael Martin and COnor Hogg off the bench, Ryan Blair, Robbie McNab, were excellent.

“We all train together, we’re in it together and we need them all.”

Saturday is the first of two consecutive games against Jim Duffy’s Bully Wee. Next Saturday the teams meet again in a reverse of this weekend’s fixture in the League Cup. The Bairns will play the ‘home’ game at the club’s temporary base at Alloa while The Falkirk Stadium’s pitch is relaid.