Falkirk left kicking their heels again

Falkirk’s financial mess, that culminated in a winding up petition being lodged in court ten days ago, was complicated by match postponements and seven blank weekends in a row, according to managing director George Craig.

Another football free Saturday, then, is the last thing they’d need - especially after the Bairns turned their season around with a fighting win over the league-leaders.

But that is exactly what faces the Bairns this weekend.

Tentative plans had been put in place to catch-up on one of the postponed matches - away at Morton - if the Greenock side had failed to progress beyond their replay with Airdrie.

They did, so instead, Steven Pressley’s men play a behind closed doors match with Livingston at Almondvale.

The manager was trying to look the positives that gives the worn-out Bairns a chance to recuperate.

“We have two bounce games planned - Hibs today (Thursday) at their training ground and Livingston on Saturday.

“It gives us a chance to get a few of the guys up to speed, because Jack Compton still isn’t fully fit - I had to take him off, and Pedro Moutinho managed an hour at the weekend.

“Tam McManus is on the road to recovery too. The weekend gives us an opportunity to do a bit of fitness work with them and then some important game time, so in some respects its an opportunity to get them loser to peak fitness.”

It also gives the remaining threadbare squad rcovery time, particularly the defence which is stretched by the departure of Jason Marr, and now complicated by an international call for Mehdi Khalis and a suspension for Brian McLean.

“We’re a bit short at the back, though I’m happy we added Pedro up front - when Tam McManus comes back I’ll be particularly pleased.

“But at the time when suspensions are beginning to come into play we’re a bit stretched and I had been looking to bring in a defender - not just anyone - but a certain type of defender.

“I’m still looking at that situation but for the moment we’ll work with what we’ve got.

“Mehdi will go away on Sunday to Marrakech for his game on Wednesday and we hope he’ll be back on Thursday to train on Friday and be in contention for Morton.

“It’s great for him and the club to have another player called up.

“Tam Scobbie came back at the weekend too and was inspirational in his best show of the season. We had a very young back-line, at the end of the game - aged 18, 20, 22 and 24 year old Marc Twaddle - we forget these guys are still so young.

“But all 11 were outstanding and I’ve seen us getting closer to our peak in the games previous.”