‘Spoil the party’ says suspended Millar

PIC: FHS. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk v Ross County. Mark Millar.
PIC: FHS. FALKIRK. Falkirk Stadium. Falkirk v Ross County. Mark Millar.
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MUCH improved midfielder Mark Millar has played his final game for Falkirk this season.

Suspension rules the former Celtic midfielder out of this weekend’s final match of the season at Dunfermline.

It is the second clash at East End Park he’s missed in a season blighted by enforced absensce. “Some of the bookings have been silly,” he told Heraldsport. “The last two were really harsh but you’be got to take the good with the bad.

“I’m out for four games, but hopefully the boys can go and kill the party atmosphere.”

Millar was red-carded on the opening day against the Pars, but since then his performances have improved - and there’s been a marked improvement in the last few weeks where he’s bossed the midfield without Burton O’Brien beside him.

“I don’t think I’ve changed any since Burton left the team, his range of passing is brilliant, and his experience has helped the team and me in adapting to the position - but he’ll be a miss next season.

“I’ll be into the second year of my contract then, and looking forward to a promotion push - though first getting myself back in the team first and foremost.

“It’s disappointing because we’ll be doing pre-season and I’ll be out the team before we even get started and then fighting for my place back.”

Millar’s path back might not be so bad since he has a big fan in boss Steven Pressley, and news of the manager’s contract extending has pleased not just Millar, but the dressing room, the midfielder said.

“It’s a massive boost for us, no-one wanted him to go.

“I’ve said it quite a few times - I don’t understand why the fans dont like him much, because we all do and it’s brilliant news he’s staying.”

Pressley still has a point to prove to the nay-sayers but first Millar says his team-mates owe it to the fans to stifle the Pars’ party on Saturday.

“We’ll just have to knuckle down in training and go and spoil the party, simple as that.

“We went into the Ross County match with a last fighting chance, but it’s poor for the fans after a good turnout on the last home day of the season - there aren’t many of us with our heads held high after the game.

“We need to pick ourselves up and put a show on for the fans on the final game of the season. Before Ross County we had been playing well for four or five games - we need to get back to that.”