A Window of opportunity?

Defender Alex Keddie muscles in on the ball against East Fife on Saturday
Defender Alex Keddie muscles in on the ball against East Fife on Saturday

It might only be November but Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin is already thinking about his plans for the January transfer window.

The Lichties are currently without a win in four games and could only manage a draw against East Fife on Saturday.

And with his side sitting seventh in League One, Mr Sheerin has predicted some changes to the squad come the turn of the year.

He told HeraldSport: “We don’t want to lose the type of football we’re known for but we haven’t been quite right for the past three weeks.

“So we will be wanting to bring people in and do a bit of shuffling the pack.

“Even when you’re doing well you always want to freshen things up and we know we can improve.

“We’ve had a look at some players and we are always on the lookout.

“We’ve got to be careful with loans as we are only allowed five but of course we would love to keep Lee [Erwin].

“But if we go down this road I would prefer to get them on board until the end of the season so we can plan ahead.”

Tomorrow’s (Saturday) clash away to Stenhousemuir marks the start of a difficult two weeks for the Lichties with the fixture followed by the visit of Rangers next Monday (November 25).

And with the Warriors looking like an impressive side this season, the boss knows it is going to be a tough fortnight.

He said: “It is going to be difficult so it is vital tomorrow that we pick up some points before looking to the Rangers match.

“There have been plenty of goals between the two sides this season so I think it will be much of the same.

“They’ve been doing well this season and are up in amongst it in the play-off places.

“But they had to go to extra-time in their Scottish Cup win on Tuesday night so maybe that will show.”

The boss should have a full squad to chose from with only Ricky Little and Connor Birse, both of whom recovering from surgery, missing.

But despite going under the knife, Mr Sheerin fears Birse will be unable to feature again this season.

He added: “Connor is probably looking like it will be pre-season before he is back.

“He probably came back from the last injury when he wasn’t quite 100 per cent.”

l Tickets are still available for the Gayfield men’s upcoming home clash against Rangers on Monday, November 25.

Tickets cost £18 for the stand and £15 for the terracing.

They are on sale every weekday morning until the match at the Gayfield office between 9.30 a.m. and 1 p.m.