Houston continuing to work on transfers

Peter Houston's first signing was Alan Maybury - but he insists there will be more
Peter Houston's first signing was Alan Maybury - but he insists there will be more

Falkirk boss Peter Houston has urged calm over his transfer dealings as the squad limber up for their trip to Aldershot.

At present the Bairns boss has only brought Alan Maybury in as a player-coach, plus Alex Cooper on a week-long trial.

The Falkirk Herald understands talks are continuing with in-demand goalkeeper Jamie McDonald and another midfielder, but the lack of incoming deals to compensate for the departures of Stephen Kingsley and Johnny Flynn isn’t concerning the Bairns boss.

“I want to bring in what’s better than is already here and that’s not easy,” he told The Falkirk Herald. “There’s no point in me bringing in a similar ilk of player - I could have done that already but I won’t.

“In the first instance the guys here deserve their opportunity but also because there’s loads of balls in the air and it depends how they land.

“We have made plenty inquiries we are close to one or two and it’ll come - but the big thing for me is that I don’t panic because we’ve not got anyone in and get someone else. I want to enhance Falkirk rather than make them similar.

“The players I’ve been speaking to and working on, hopefully will land the right way and I’ll get them. But I just say to the fans and supporters ‘be patient’ because it will happen.”

The Bairns boss has a list of targets of Premier League standard players - but must attempt to lure them with a Championship standard wage budget for the tilt at the league title this year which has Rangers, Hearts and Hibs already installed as front-runners.

Falkirk head to Aldershot on Sunday for a week-long training camp at the army base, following a closed-doors game with Colin Cameron’s Berwick Rangers side on Saturday.