SPURS CHASE RODGERS

Young star could be leaving

FALKIRK hit-kid Andy Rodgers (pictured) could be on his way to Spurs after just 14 minutes of first team action.

Rodgers, 18 last month, made his top team debut at Ross County on Saturday as a 76th minute substitute and scored a brilliant winner.

The London club had a scout at Dingwall and Rodgers who has scored 12 goals for the

under-18s this season caught the eye with a terrific display in his brief spell on the park.

He leaves on Sunday for a trial at White Hart Lane, but Falkirk fans who haven t even had the chance to see him in action yet shouldn t despair because he s in line for a starting place against Arbroath on Saturday.

Alex Totten would love to hang on to Rodgers, but he s delighted the teenager has caught the eye of the big clubs.

''He s impressed me in training and he s scored goals regularly for the under-18s, said Totten. ''I only told him on Saturday morning that he was on the bench for the Ross County game, but when he came on he was superb.

''He s got a natural striker s ability and is very sharp. Tottenham want him for the week, but I want him back up here on the Thursday because he could be in the squad for the St. Mirren match. I m also considering putting him on from the start against Arbroath on Saturday.

The gaffer added: ''It s great when you see young lads coming up through the youth system and doing well. This trial might come to nothing, but there is no way I would stand in the lad s way. It s a fantastic opportunity for him and even if it comes to nothing it s a great experience for him.

Rodgers is likely to be in the starting line-up against Arbroath at the expense of Paul Wright, who is still troubled by an ankle injury.

Lee Mair is also out and could be sidelined until January. The on-loan defender injured a knee at Dingwall and ligament damage has been diagnosed.

Kevin Christie was also injured against County but has trained this week, while Mark Kerr is only rated 50/50 due to a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, the first of hopefully several contract renewals was due to be completed today (Thursday), with Andy Lawrie set to sign a deal that ties him to the club until 2005.

The gaffer said: ''Andy was one of the players I spoke to last week and I m delighted to get him tied up so quickly. Hopefully we can get a few others fixed up soon too.

Totten has warned his men to be patient against the Red Lichties, but having lost at Gayfield Park earlier this season after a dismal display only a victory will do.

He said: ''They play a 4-5-1 formation which is very hard to break down. We ll need to be patient, but having got a good result at Ross County even though we didn t play that well we ve got to keep it going this week.

Falkirk are also in action on Tuesday night at Inverurie, in a friendly against the local side to mark the switching on of their new floodlights.

l BP Junior Bairns should note their Christmas Party is on Monday. Tickets are 3, call Sarah on 624121 for details. The Bairns Babes are bag-packing at the Co-op in Polmont on Saturday to raise funds for costumes.