Gaffer hoping to do some last minute business

Alan Cook is out.
Alan Cook is out.

The end of the transfer window is proving a difficult time for Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin as he tries to add to his squad.

The window slams shut on Monday night, but in recent weeks the transfer front has been quiet at Gayfield.

But the manager is hoping there could be some movement before Monday’s deadline.

He told HeraldSport: “Unfortunately there is no news on the transfer front at the moment but we are always trying.

“We just missed out on Colin Nish (Dumbarton) and Andy Barrowman (Livingston), who are both big players but they have signed for First Division clubs and are showing they are top players.

“But we are still trying and looking to bring others in, maybe down the loan route and I would certainly hope to have made some additions by Monday.

However, before the closure of the transfer window, the Lichties must face their first league derby of the season when Brechin City visit Gayfield tomorrow (Saturday).

The Gayfield men come into the match off a disappointing 2-1 defeat at the hands of East Fife.

And Mr Sheerin is hoping his team can notch up their first home win of the campaign.

He added: “It will be good to get back to Gayfield and put things right from our last home performance.

“We want to get the points so come full-time the fans have something to shout about.

“Derbies always have that extra edge and since Ray [McKinnon] came to Brechin they are much improved going forward and they are an exciting team.

“We have got to get the points at home and then anything we get away from home is a bonus.

“We have to try and make Gayfield a hard place to come to.”

But despite it only being three games into the league season so far, the boss is still contending with a growing injury list.

Alan Cook, who was stretchered off on Saturday, will miss out, although the boss hopes he will be back for the trip to Rangers on September 14.

Alex Keddie will also be missing through injury tomorrow, while Colin Hamilton will be serving a suspension after receiving a red card on Saturday.

A late decision will be made on Darren Smith, who has been suffering from illness, although striker Graham Bayne should return.

The boss said: “The injury to Alan Cook is not as bad as we first thought.

“He will miss out this week but with the international break next week, hopefully he should be back after that ready for the trip to Rangers.”