When the Warriors team was read out prior to Tuesday night’s ill-fated Scottish Communities Cup tie against Inverness the first name on the sheet had everyone scratching their heads.
The name Robbie Thomson meant nothing to the Ochilview faithful, but after a sterling debut for Martyn Corrigan’s team the name is already etched in the mind.
The keeper’s handling, shot stopping, organisation of his area and general display was inspiring and the manager later revealed, “Callum Reidford is carrying an injury and will be out for two or three weeks. We have been able to bring Robbie here on loan for 28 days from Celtic and it could be longer.”
Thomson (19) is a local lad from Lionthorn, Falkirk, but has been with Celtic for some time.
“He is thought to be a big prospect at Parkhead and we are delighted to have him,” Corrigan said.
“He will play against Arbroath on Saturday.”
The boss does not expect a reaction to the midweek defeat when Gayfield side come calling.
“Kevin McGoldrick and I have the greatest of faith in the players we have at the club and they know we expect them to go out and further enhance their reputations on Saturday.”
Scot Buist and Ross McMillan have been shaping up as the best central duo in the division, but Buist – after being carried off a fortnight ago – had to be replaced in extra time following another excellent display.
“Big Scot is struggling and has been for a couple of weeks now with a problem with his groin. He hung in on Tuesday night, but we will just have to wait and see how he is for Arbroath.
“If we perform half as well as we did against Inverness we will be comfortable.
“Whatever players we field, I want the people of Stenhousemuir and surrounding areas to know that if they come to Ochilview on a Saturday they will see a team trying to play fast flowing football to excite them.
“You could see that on Tuesday night, the fans have been terrific in their support and we have the responsibility to make sure that when they pay their hard earned money, they are entertained.
“This is a terrific club to be involved with and everybody involved is determined to give the paying public value for money. That will continue against Arbroath on Saturday.”