Alex Smith
Alex Smith

Alex Smith reckons if Falkirk can seize the success and support built up around last month’s Scottish Cup final the club can truly flourish.

The Bairns technical director has seen it all through his decades in the game and believes Falkirk is a football town and the Bairns can reap the benefits. Growing on the back of the Cup Final could help push the Bairns to sustained success, he believes.

He told The Falkirk Herald: “If we could get success consistently and get back into the SPFL Premiership, and the top six and Europe – Falkirk could reach the levels of a Dundee United, I’ve always felt that.

“You saw it in the build-up to the cup final – it was tremendous.

“In terms of their following and core support, there’s a good number there plus a shadow support who could double that and that’d be great to see that happenning.”

Dundee United are another club which embraced the Academy system and are reaping the benefits and Smith added this makes a huge difference to Falkirk.

“The club made a brave decision to go down the Academy route and they stood by it.”