Pair will replace Ryan

Farid Allagui (left)  is on his way back to Falkirk after a successful trial. Pic by Michael Gillen
Farid Allagui (left) is on his way back to Falkirk after a successful trial. Pic by Michael Gillen
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Falkirk boss Steven Pressley will replace the void in his squad left by Ryan Flynn with Michael McGovern and Farid Allagui.

The winger was undergoing a medical at Sheffied United as The Falkirk Herald went to press yesterday (Wednesday) after finalising terms with the Bramall Lane outfit.

Flynn came through 90 minutes against Inverurie Locos unscathed last week and so long as no problems flare up during his fitness tests, the deal - in the region of £150,000 will go through.

Most of that cash will go to plugging the club’s financial black-hole but enough funds have been scraped together to allow Pressley to make two vital signings - a goalkeeper and a striker - to up his first-team pool to a full team. That number includes youth graduates with only a handful of appearances like Blair Alston and Stephen Kingsley.

Pressley is expected to use what little money he is given to tie up Michael McGovern and bring trialist Farid Allagui back to the club.

The pair will raise the average age at the baby-faced Bairns, whose oldest players are currently centre-half pair 36-year-old Darren Dods and Tam Scobbie, aged 23.

They were defensive partners in the pre-season boot camp at the weekend but now have a rival in the heart of the backline.

Rhys Bennett has arrived on-loan from Bolton. The central defender trained on Monday morning and was expected to be named among the Bairns’ matchday squad for last night’s Leeds United friendly.

Pressley said: “Rhys has been excellent, he looked very good in training and slotted in with the group well. He’s certainly in my plans for the pre-season matches.”

The ball-playing defender was Wanderers’ reserve team captain and worked with ex-Falkirk players Owen Coyle and John Henry at the Trotters.