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Michael Travis, in action against Ayr United on Saturday, has already pledged his services for next season.
Michael Travis, in action against Ayr United on Saturday, has already pledged his services for next season.

ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin says his side wants to reward the bumper crowd that is expected at Gayfield tomorrow (Saturday) with a place in the play-offs.

The Lichties know that a win against Alloa Athletic would confirm their play-off place regardless of other results elsewhere.

To encourage more people to tomorrow’s crunch clash admission prices have been reduced with adults at £8, concessions £4 and the parent and child gate £10.

And Mr Sheerin is hopeful a big support will be just what his side need to help them in the must win game.

He told HeraldSport: “We know exactly what we need to do and that is win to get into the play-offs.

“For us it is like a cup final, but I’m sure Alloa will be desperate to win too.

“It would be excellent if we can get as many people down to the game, as it is a nice gesture by the club to try and get people through the gates.

“But obviously there are the hardcore supporters who follow us week in, week out and come tomorrow hopefully we get the right result to reward them for what has been a patchy season for us.”

However, the boss has a growing list of injury concerns for tomorrow’s crucial fixture with several players doubtful.

Brian Kerr and Scott Morrison will definitely miss out, while the gaffer rated Mark Baxter, Steven Doris and Lee Sibanda as 50-50.

And with Alloa already assured of their place in the play-offs, he knows the pressure will firmly be on his players.

The boss said: “There is no pressure on Alloa and they can just go out there and enjoy it while everything is on us because we must win.

“Sometimes when you are relaxed you find it easier but we will prepare properly and do the best we can.

“We’ve done OK against Alloa so far this season and they are a good football team so we know what we have to do.”

Meanwhile this campaign may not be over just yet but already the boss has a handful of players signed up for next season.

In the past week he has secured the services of Michael Travis, Scott Morrison and Ross Chisholm and confirmed he will be playing for at least another season.

The boss also revealed former Dundee and East Fife player Bobby Linn has signed a pre-contract agreement.

He added: “Hopefully Bobby will bring us that something different that I think we have been missing since Gavin Swankie left.”

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