‘Gibby’: First Division football our incentive

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ARBROATH midfielder Keith Gibson says a place in the First Division will be enough to motivate the players to be ready for the play-offs.

In recent weeks, the Lichties’ form has been inconsistent but they have still managed to guarantee themselves second place in Division Two.

And now with a play-off semi final lined up with Dumbarton, Gibson is sure the players will give everything they have got.

He told HeraldSport: “The motivation for the play-offs is a place in the First Division and the boys will be up for it.

“The play-offs can be a bit of a lottery but if you play well you get your rewards and we will be ready.

“We haven’t done too great in the last quarter and have only taken eight points in that time.

“You could probably put it down to the draw we have had and then the result away to Dumbarton.

“But all we want to do now is get Arbroath in the First Division.”

The midfielder could be described as a veteran of the play-offs having been involved in the process three times over his career.

During his time at Peterhead and Montrose, Gibson had a taste of the end of season games.

And he is also one of the few remaining players who were at Gayfield two years ago, when the Lichties lost to Forfar Athletic in the play-off final and were relegated to Division Three.

But he added: “All of these games were different. No two were the same.

“That is why we have to be ready.”

In previous weeks, Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin has talked about the need for consistency going into the play-offs and gathering form.

And after Saturday’s disappointing defeat at the hands of Stenhousemuir, Gibson admitted the performance was unacceptable.

He explained: “We are really disappointed and the performance was flat.

“To lose the last goal to a mistake like that is something you can’t compensate for.

“It was unacceptable in the first half and we were only a bit better in the second.

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