Falkirk fans and players deserve day out

Pressley is hoping for another day out at Hampden
Pressley is hoping for another day out at Hampden

Steven Pressley only has one player unavailable for Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup quarter-final at Hamilton.

Craig Sibbald damaged ankle ligaments this week and will miss the game.

“It’s a huge blow to the club and Craig,” the manager told The Falkirk Herald. “He has worked exceptionally hard to regain fitness in the past few weeks and it’s come at the worst possible time for him.”

Sibbald is expected to pen a new deal with Falkirk shortly, as is Stephen Kingsley. The signatures of several players, like Thomas Grant and Ryan McGeever, have already been secured and Pressley is tentatively planning next season’s squad.

However plans are only precautionary because of the uncertain position the Bairns find themselves in - particularly this week.

“The Mark Stewart money situation has continued, and obviously the league reconstruction debate is conituning too. Those are factors in the future decisions we make.

“We also have to wait for the outcome of Saturday’s game - it could be a financially beneficial one for the club to get a return to Hampden, plus a great experience for the players.

“Everyone loved it last year, and the players and fans deserve a return there again, and though we have a good record at Hamiltom, records are not something I place much emphasis on.

“We are in good form though with five wins from six games and the players have been excellent.”