Ireland training base and Drogheda and Athelone matches for Falkirk’s pre-season camp

Craig Sibbald and Blair Alston.
Craig Sibbald and Blair Alston.

Falkirk’s players will reconvene after a short summer break later this month.

The first day of pre-season training last year was a get-to-know-you session for new boss Peter Houston who admitted he knew little of the players in his squad, and the teams in the SPFL Championship.

This year the planning is a lot more advanced. and the Bairns have already announced two friendly matches in preparation for the new season 2015-16.

Peter Houston and his side will head for Ireland on Sunday July 5, playing matches against Athlone Town on Tuesday, July 7 and Drogheda United on Saturday July 11 as part of a tour that the club is “sure the Navy Blue Army will enjoy.”

Kick off on the Tuesday against Athelone is 7 p.m. and 3 p.m. for the Saturday fixture.

Athlone are currently mid-table in the Irish First division, ten points off the top of the table with a game in hand.

Similarly, Drogheda United are also mid-table, though in the Premier Division alongside the likes of St Patrick’s Athletic, Bohemians and Derry City.

Botti Biabi may not be Ireland bound however.

The 19-year-old has been subject of inquiries from clubs in the English Leagues.

The powerful striker has attracted attention after forcing his way into the first-team pool at Falkirk and making an impression from the bench in the Scottish Cup final last month.

Verbal inquiries have been made but nothing formal or in writing has been submitted to the Bairns by close of play on Wednesday, The Falkirk Herald understands.

He played 33 games last season for the top team in all competitions and also featured for the under-19s development squad.

Biabi was also sent off in the Petrofac Training Cup victory over Dunfermline.