Grant’s the toast of Falkirk boss Pressley

Date: 17/11/12.   LIVINGSTON. Braidwood Motor Stadium. Livingston v Falkirk.
Date: 17/11/12. LIVINGSTON. Braidwood Motor Stadium. Livingston v Falkirk.
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Thomas Grant has whetted the appetite of Steven Pressley ahead of this weekend’s match with Hamilton.

The 17-year-old son of former Aberdeen midfielder Brian Grant was a second half substitute in the Bairns’ defeat at Livingston.

But though his side didn’t win, Grant’s energetic display has made his boss take notice, with Sean Higgins and David Weatherston still missing.

“We haven’t found the fluency I expect from my Falkirk teams, and the stats prove we are not making enough opportunities or scoring enough goals.

“We haven’t been making enough chances but Thomas and Craig Sibbald impressed me when they came on and attacked in Livingston – we looked much improved.

“They could be involved but they are just 17 years old.

“They’ll go into the team with no pressure from me – I just expect them to go and express themselves. They have me looking forward to the Hamilton game.”

Robbie Neilson will also miss out after reaching the end of his trial period..

That paves the way for a three-way selection battle between Ryan McGeever, Chris Smith and Kieran Duffie, who missed the weekend game with a foot injury.

X-rays showed no fracture but his inclusion will depend on training assessments today (Thursday).

Jonny Flynn and Stephen Kingsley are also carrying minor knocks. “We’re very hopeful they’ll play,” Steven Pressley added.

FALKIRK’S trio of Scotland under-17s call-ups have all withdrawn from the squad’s training camp.

Conor McGrandles, Craig Sibbald and Kyle Turnbull were selected by Ricky Sbragia, but Turnbull has developed tonsilitis, while the Scotland boss has agreed to omit Sibbald and Mcgrandles to allow their first-team duties.