McCracken pleased to see Robbie Letich taking his chance

Falkirk FC co-manager David McCracken says he has been delighted with the performances of young winger Robbie Leitch over the past few games.

Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 1:37 pm
Robbie Leitch has had a run of games in the starting XI this season after returning from a loan spell at the end of the last campaing and has done well
Robbie Leitch has had a run of games in the starting XI this season after returning from a loan spell at the end of the last campaing and has done well

With Blair Alston recovering from injury the former Motherwell player came in to the starting XI for the Betfred Cup fixtures and league opener against Montrose last weekend where he netted late on to wrap up the three points for the Bairns.

Now with Alston returning to full fitness and fellow wide-man Callumn Morrison also impressing since his move, McCracken admits he has a selection headache on his hands.

He said: “It's good to have those options, we'd much rather have them then not.

"We saw how light the squad was last season after a few injuries and through this season we're going to need to use the full squad.

“Robbie has taken his opportunity since coming back from his loan spell last season, the game time he got at Forfar has really helped him improve.

"He has taken advantage of that loan spell and has come back with the bit between his teeth and he's pushing the other boys around him to do well.

"Getting those games under his belt has worked well for him and has benefited us as he's showed up well in the early games. "

McCracken also confirmed that striker Aidan Keena's injury, which he picked up in the Betfred Cup match with Clyde, does not look as bad as it could have been.

"Aidan had a scan earlier in the week and we were uncertain what it would come back with.

"It could have been months not weeks but it has come back fairly positive so we're talking about a few more weeks then hopefully he will be back.”

The Falkirk squad are currently preparing for their first home league match of the season as they welcome Forfar Athletic.

The Loons suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat on their last visit to the Falkirk Stadium but it will be a very different looking squad that takes to the pitch on Saturday with their manager Stuart Malcolm having had a rebuilding job on his hands over the past few months.

"Forfar will be a hard team to beat same as last year,” said McCracken.

"They’ve added a few players and we've done some analysis on them and we'll take a look at that and implement it in training going in to Saturday.

“We're familiar with a number of players and know their strengths and need to find weaknesses to expose.

"They work hard defensively on their shape and look to hit on the break so will be a hard game for us.”