Peter Grant backs Bob McHugh to score goals for Falkirk

Peter Grant has backed Bob McHugh to score regular goals for Falkirk
Peter Grant has backed Bob McHugh to score regular goals for Falkirk

Many Bairns fans were concerned the departure of top scorer Rory Loy to Dundee could see Falkirk struggling for goals this season.

But Peter Grant believes a new and improved strike pairing has already formed.

The confirmation this week that former Motherwell forward Bob McHugh had signed on means he can continue developing the partnership with John Baird that has already paid dividends pre-season, albeit against part-time Irish teams.

Bobby has come in and done really well - he’s already proved he’s a goalscorer,” Grant told Heraldsport.

“He links-up well with Bairdy - they’ve picked up on how each other plays very quickly, which is a good sign. I’m sure he’ll be a good addition and hopefully get the goals.”

Grant spent much of Tuesday night getting to grips with another striker, in the form of new Hamilton Accies signing Christian Nade, who looks to have lost weight since he last appeared for Raith Rovers.

“It’s good for me to play against a player like that and learn,” continued Grant.

“You know if you switch off against experienced teams for one moment you’ll be punished. It’s a learning curve. It’s something we need to improve on.

“The Hamilton game was very beneficial for us, coming up against a good side like them.

“In the first half they got in amongst us and had a good work rate. It was a bit of a wake-up call, we realised we had to impose ourselves on them like they were doing to us. We sorted that out at half-time.

“In the second half we improved and caused them more problems. We’ll work in training on the little things we need to pick up on and be ready for the start of the season.”